Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch - Hiking Alberta

 

Michael's Creek is an excellent hike or bike to the east end of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

 

 

Bow River ice jams in the Narrows of east Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park have cleared and the trail past old Glenbow Quarry is open.  The paved path to Michael's Creek is an excellent bicycle ride.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The view east to the old quarry along Bow River towards the Narrows in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

From the parking area, an easy downhill ride past the Park Office on Glenbow Trail, left passes the old Glenbow Store, turns right at the Corral and over the Canadian Pacific Railway line to a final left turn east on Glenbow Trail.  Quickly the trail descends gently to just above river level on paved path.  Glenbow Trail is an excellent, scenic ride which can also be done on foot to allow more time for discovery and observation.

 

 

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Bow River view along Glenbow Trail east in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Looking back along the Bow River with a freight train heading east through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada A pond at Michael's Creek near the east end of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

Michael's Creek is channeled beneath the rail line and the pathway on its journey to merge with the Bow River.  At the east side of the pond, there is an interesting collection of castaways from bygone years.

 

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At the end of the paved, navigable trail a frustrating fence prevents further progress.  Eventually this trail will be a complete link to Haskayne Park in Calgary.  That will be one sweet ride which will encourage travel to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.  At current trail end resides one of the area's original ranches, Bearspaw Ranch.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The view east, from the Michael's Creek kiosk, to the Bearspaw Trail linking to Calgary, Alberta

 

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park becomes substantially smaller on a bicycle and there is time to explore additional trails on the west side of the park towards Cochrane to enjoy some fine mountain views on this clear day.  

A ride across the park provides nostalgic views on ride west, first on Glenbow Trail, then on Bowbend Trail, to the Waverley Chimney.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The old Glenbow sandstone quarry looking west

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Lots of rail traffic this day

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The Glenbow Sandstone Quarry from the east.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada A long lens view of the old quarry complex from Glenbow Trail.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Lunch at the east junction of Bow River Loop with Glenbow Trail in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The old Corral - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Old Glenbow Store and the brick factory in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The pond at the junction of Bowbend Trail with the bottom of Badger Bowl Trail

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The view across the pond to Tiger Lily Loop and the Park Office above.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada The Waverley Chimney at the west end of the paved Bowbend Trail

 

Following a brief ride west on good granular pathway which leads to Cochrane and Eagle Ridge,  cycling proceeds up the entire hill with the exception of two brief stops for photos and heart medication along the way.

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada A view west over grassland and South Cochrane industrial to the snow-capped mountains beyond.

 

 

Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada A glacial erratic

 

Arrival at the top of the hill occurs mere moments prior to experiencing a potentially fatal seizure.  The event is more an age and early season conditioning situation than the difficulty of the hill which is actually well graded.

There are sweeping views across the Bow River Valley and over Cochrane to the Rocky Mountains.  A new trail has been created at the top of the hill to link Eagle Ridge to Windmill Lookout.

 

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Descent occurs on the steep,  granular pathway through Badger Bowl, with brakes engaged, then a cycle east on Bowbend Trail, then Glenbow Trail to capture a few images of the old Glenbow Store before proceeding up the hill past the Park Office to the parking area.

 

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Michael's Creek - Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada A final look toward the Glenbow Ranch Corral before cycling uphill on the Glenbow Trail

 

From the parking area there is a long lens look at an old structure to the east and the area of Glenbow Ranch to the Narrows and Michael's Creek in the east.

 

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Another great day in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada northwest of Calgary.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for your comment, Colin. The truth is, I do not know the current status. I believe there is a plan to develop a route from northwest Calgary through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park to Cochrane. There may be a trail from Glenbow into the Gleneagles area. It has been a while since I have been up that way but I recall cycling partway towards an area that I believed was Gleneagles. There is trail heading toward Cochrane but I did not take it to conclusion. As I recall, a formal trail was planned and I believe construction of a bridge was required. For up-to-date information you should contact Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.

Thanks so much for this very informative post Barry! Are you able to bike from Cochrane into the park? Thanks Colin

Good to hear from you, Helen. It was a great, early season weekday with only a few others in the entire park. Glenbow Ranch is one of the newest Provincial Parks and has great potential for development over the long term, as I see it. The bicycle path from Calgary to Cochrane will be a magnificent ride along the Bow River. The mountains are always spectacular in the spring. Snow is lingering at high elevations this year. Soon I will be hiking my way up the mountains as the snow line recedes. Thanks for you comment, Helen. Wishing you a wonderful winter season.

A glorious day! Wonderful pics! Just love those distant snow capped mountains.

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