With this section of Elk Pass closed, you can still access Blueberry Hill by going up Hydroline and down Patterson. The trail report indicates Elk Pass is closed for avalanche control. I don’t know if that means it will be open again soon.
Thanks to DonC for the following report:
The Shell Oiltimers had a fantastic day skiing Elk Pass today. To our surprise the Elk Pass trail from the junction of Hydroline to Blueberry Junction was closed last night on account of avalanche danger.
On a brighter note NancyR achieved 1000 km at the top of Hydroline today :). You can tell from the photo how happy she is 🙂
Fat Bike Deja Vu
Where have I previously heard about fat bikes creating a dangerous situation? Chip posted this along with his trip report from Moraine Lake Road:
“I hope that I’m not offending anyone’s sport sensibilities, but this is about fat bikes on ski trails. In its infinite wisdom, Parks Canada allows fat bikes on Moraine Lake Road, Pipestone and the 1A. I witnessed the…er…problems associated with this policy today. I was coming down Moraine Lake Rd at a brisk pace when a group of four had dropped their bikes for a rest, two in the track and two in the skating lane. I didn’t mince words as I scurried to avoid a collision. The skating lane was getting quite rutted with their efforts and I can’t imagine that this is easy or cheap to fix. Essentially, this activity seriously compromised the ability to skate. Then, to make matters worse, there were tracks on Fairview, where (I was informed by Parks staff), such activity is prohibited.
On voicing my concerns with Parks, I was told that it’s difficult to deny access for some activities while allowing it for others. Clearly, this is not true, and one can find many examples (e.g., Cascade Fire Rd) where some activities are restricted.
Just sayin’ that segregated trails are the way to go and that not all activities need be allowed if, in doing so, the primary activities become hazardous or difficult.”