Traffic between Canmore and Whiteman's Gap will be seriously compromised by major construction in Summer 2018.
Update: From Thea. Grassi Lakes hiking and climbing closure delayed to July 10 when major road rebuilding and single direction alternating traffic will begin.
Park Planner Thea Mitchell has recently provided important information about major construction on the big hill which connects Canmore with the Ha Ling trailhead and Goat Creek parking. Advisory text follows.
The Spray Lakes Road (Highway 742) connects the Town of Canmore to the recreational opportunities in the Spray Valley. Over the last 25 years, use on this road has substantially increased and the infrastructure supporting the road surface requires repairs. Alberta Transportation will begin major road construction on the north end of the Spray Lakes Road in July of 2018. Construction work involves repairing the gabion wall that helps support the road below Whiteman’s Pond. The Spray Lakes Road will be open during construction, however, traffic will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect substantial traffic delays.
The section of road under construction is located directly above the Grassi Lakes hiking and climbing area. To ensure safety of recreational users to Grassi Lakes, Alberta Parks will enact a partial area closure including Upper and Lower Grassi Lakes and all climbing routes.
Beginning July 10th to September long weekend:
Upper and Lower Grassi Lakes and climbing area are closed.
Hiking trails from the Grassi Lakes Day Use Area trailhead to the northeast shoreline of Lower Grassi Lake are open.
Access routes to Ryders of Rohan and the front of Ha Ling Peak via the Whiteman’s Pond dam are open.
Updated information on the Grassi Lakes day use area partial closure is available at: (https://www.albertaparks.ca/advisories/).
Thea Mitchell | Park Planner
Kananaskis Region | Alberta Environment and Parks Suite 201, 800
Railway Avenue, Canmore, AB T1W 1P1
C: 403-679-8416 | W: albertaparks.ca<http://www.albertaparks.ca/
Just to add an option for travel along the Smith-Dorrien Trail, it is common practice to enter Kananaskis Country via Hwy 40 at the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino and drop down to the gate at Kananaskis Lakes Road for the right turn and fairly short jog to the bottom of Smith-Dorrien Road (Hwy 742) for another right turn. Even though the drive is a bit lengthy and time consuming, the scenery is breathtaking and always an amazing start to a hiking day with an earlier start. There are many spectacular day hikes along Smith- Dorrien too numerous to mention but many are on this blog. Enter Smith Dorrien in the Hiking With Barry search argument space and see what comes up. Please purchase a hiking guide and a quality Gem Trek map of the area to improve your chances for experiencing another spectacular and well planned day.
Happy trails and stay safe. Please wear proper footwear which is different than what is currently being marketed. Injured ankles are reluctant to heal.