Canmore Highline trail

– Brett and Nicole at the top of the west connector of the Highline trail –

Conditions are excellent on the middle loop of the Highline trail for hiking and biking.

Looking towards Quarry Lake and Canmore from the Highline trail

Looking towards Quarry Lake and Canmore from the Highline trail

I imagine the east and west trails are also in good shape. The one significant hazard at this time of year, the large ice flow on the east trail over Ship’s Prow creek is quite easy to get across. You’ll be walking on ice as you cross the creek, but it has a lot of dirt over top and it’s fairly level.

The Highline trail at the top of the west connector

The Highline trail at the top of the west connector

The calypso orchids have started blooming. I was surprised at how little run-off there is. There are four significant drainages and the only one with any water was Stones Canyon, and it was barely a trickle. In past years, I could usually count on Ship’s Prow having enough flow for Tessa to get a good drink, but not this spring.

The trail was busy with bikers, a few who I had also met on the ski trails this past winter including Henry and Anna. I must have encountered at least 20 bikers but no hikers. I’m happy to report that all bikers were courteous to this hiker and his dog.

Quebexican and Middle Sister trail

This used to be the access to the Quebexican trail

This used to be the access to the Quebexican trail

You’ll be in for a shock if you’re heading up the trail to Middle Sister or taking the Quebexican trail from Stewart creek to Dead Man’s Flats. The first 500 metres has been turned into a moonscape. All the trees are gone except for a few lonely token spruce bordering the golf course. The area is slated for housing development.

Quebexican trail access from the waterline right-of-way

Quebexican trail access from the waterline right-of-way

The trailhead for the Quebexican trail is gone. You’d have to walk or bike over the wood chips to access it where the trees are still in place.

Probably a better and easier way to find it would be to take the main gravel road for about 500 metres at which time you’ll come to an opening on the north side where the water line has been installed. Go downhill for about 75 metres and you’ll see the trail appear on your right.

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