Spectacular scenery, but where is it?

by Bob Truman on October 10, 2018

in Guess the trail

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When you see this spactacular sight, what trail are you on?

All the scenes in the photos below can be enjoyed from a ski trail, or in the case of the bar, near a ski trail. Thanks to JeremyN’s suggestion, I’m not going to give any feedback on your comments for at least 24 hours, so have fun.  (Obviously, JeremyN can’t resist peeking at the answers 🙂 )

Posted below are the photos numbered 1 – 18. Leave your answers in the comments. There are no duplicates, these scenes will be observed from 18 different trails. Click on the photos for a larger image. Good luck!!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bob Truman October 11, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Thank you to everyone for playing. The official answers:

1. Tyrwhitt, looking down Hydroline.
2. Baker Creek to Castle Lookout.
3. Canmore Nordic Centre – Meadowview
4. Bill Milne
5. Redearth Creek.
6. Healy Creek
7. The hugging tree on Elk Pass.
8. Brewster Creek. This ornament is hanging on the veranda at Sundance Lodge.
9. Mt Shark – Watridge Lake Road. This view would be at the end of the groomed trail from the bridge over the Spray river.
10. Lake Louise -Tramline
11. Spray River West
12. Lake O’hara fire road
13. Cascade Valley
14. Goat Creek
15. Emerald Lake Lodge
16. Canmore Nordic Centre – at the end of Banff trail.
17. Kananaskis Fire Lookout – looking south. If you look closely, on the RH side of the photo, you can see the wind vane and edge of the building.
18. Hay Meadow


2 Pete October 10, 2018 at 11:02 pm

1. Hydroline near Elk pass
2. LL loppet trail west of castle junction
3.Grotto mtn from CNC
4. Bill Milne trail
5. Redearth creek
6. Mount Norquay from Healy creek trail
7. Hugging tree PLPP
8. Sundance lodge, Brewster creek
9. Cone mtn from spray river bridge, mount shark
10. Deer lodge from upper tramline
11. Goat creek trail near spray loop
12. Emerald lake trail
13. Mount shark
14. Goat creek just after crossing the spray river
15. Emerald lake lodge
16. End of banff trail CNC beginning of rundle riverside trail
17. Kananaskis fire lookout
18. Bill Milne trail near hay meadow


3 Pete October 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm

# 12 is actually the Lake O’Hara road near the picnic table with the watchtower and Mount Victoria in the background

Good job, Pete. You were exactly correct on 13 of them, and on 4 others I can quibble a bit. The only one you didn’t know was #13 which was very obscure.
#7 is indeed the hugging tree in PLPP Elk Pass.
#11 is Spray River West
#14 is Goat Creek but not after crossing Spray River. It’s after crossing….Goat creek.(but it’s practically the same view from Spray River which is a further 2K down the trail).
#18 is Hay Meadow trail.

#1 I was actually still on Tyrwhitt when I took that photo, but Hydroline is, for all practical purposes, accurate enough.

#13 is not Mt Shark, but unless you were reading this blog on one specific day last winter, you wouldn’t know it’s on Cascade Valley. By the way, that bird never leaves that tree. Probably still there. -Bob


4 Pete October 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Thanks Bob, that was fun!


5 Martin Jones October 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm

1. PLPP Hydroline
2. Looking across the closed section of 1A between Baker Cabin & Lake Louise
3. Castle Mt
4. Tanya’s right
5. Redearth creek trail
7. Hugging tree on elk pass
8. Please tell me where that is!
9. Mt Shark Watridge Lake trail, I have the exact same photo with Jip on the bridge!
10. Deer Lodge
11. Lake Louise station?
13. LOL, good eye, where the heck is that!
14. Pipestone?
15. Emerald Lake bar
17. PLPP Lookout ?
18. Sure I know that one!

Thanks Bob this is so much fun!


6 Nick October 10, 2018 at 9:22 pm

3. Tanya’s right 🙂 that’s the view on Mt. Lady Macdonald and Grotto near Canmore

11. The shelter at the bridge on Spray River Loop hiking trail, Goat Creek ski trail


7 Oleg October 10, 2018 at 9:47 pm

12. Lake O’Hara fire road


8 Tanya October 10, 2018 at 6:56 pm

First off, you’re missing number 12. Found it, thanks! -Bob

1. Elk Pass
2. The Loppett trail that goes from Castle Junction to Baker Creek
3. Canmore Nordic Centre
4. Bill Milne Trail at the bottom of the big hill down from the Village
10. Upper Telemark
16. Canmore Nordic Centre at the end of Banff Ave. before you leave the park
17. Chester Lake Trail
18. Hay Meadow, Kananaskis Village Trails


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