trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies
Elevation (feet): 8500
Elevation (meters): 2530
Kelly lives in Canmore. Ray and Mark from nearby Calgary often join him for hikes.
Sue, Steve and myself rendezvoused at the trailhead. May 24th, this was the first really good weekend for hiking out of Canmore.
Steep and longer than I expected, the only major difficulty comes at the very top.
Kelly, our fearless leader, decided to post hole us up this snow chute.
On top we got a good view of Canmore in the Bow River valley. It started to snow.
Spray Lakes Road.
We opted to descend on the precarious looking ridge.
It’s not nearly as exposed as it looks.
Some snow. We were happy to have brought gators.
Our over ambitious original plan was to run up adjacent Ha Ling Peak from the same parking lot. … Instead we headed for the pub. FREE glass with a pint of beer. 🙂
Getting There …
… You are almost guaranteed mountain sheep on the Spray Lakes Road. … There are restrooms at the Goats Creek Trail head parking area.
Red Tape- There are no permit requirements to enter, climb and/or park in Banff National Park or Kananaskis Provincial Park. This is active grizzly country however. Take bear spray. …