It didn’t take long to construct a new bridge over Lost Horse creek, thereby enabling Redearth creek trail to reopen today to hikers and bikers. Please note, the Banff trail report indicates that the bridge is still out. Disregard it. I was there and saw it with my own eyes.
I encountered the work crew from Shadow Lake Lodge who had been constructing the bridge for the past two days along with the mini-backhoe which was slowly making its way back to the trailhead. Brian said I was the first one he’s seen on the trail since it re-opened. I guess I was the guinea pig that had to cross the new bridge and make sure it was solid.
All things considered, the damage to the trail was minimal all the way to the warden’s cabin. Some significant erosion occurred for about a 400-metre stretch in the vicinity of the Lost Horse bridge, but the trail has been reconfigured and now goes through some new territory. There are a few places where silt and gravel have been washed onto the trail.
Lost Horse creek carved out a completely new channel for itself. The old bridge was swept off its moorings and now is just sitting off to the side. I’ve crossed that old bridge numerous times on many memorable occasions, mostly ski trips. Sad to see it looking so forlorn and covered with rocks and debris.
Brian said they hauled in supplies today for the re-opening of the lodge tomorrow. The lodge offers accommodation and delicious meals for guests, but you are also welcome to stop in for tea if you’re just doing a day hike.
I biked the trail today and had to ride through a few puddles but nothing difficult. I crossed eight bridges in total and think it’s amazing that only one had to be replaced. Incidentally, the Pharoah creek bridge is still standing albeit with a bit of debris on the deck. It’s no problem to get across.