Yesterday I updated everyone regarding Redearth Creek. Back on Aug 24, I biked Elk pass in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on a beautiful summer day and was even lucky enough to encounter a bear.
I am optimistic that we will have groomed trails on which to ski in PLPP this winter. All indications are that an announcement will be made soon. I understand there are a few proposals on the table and the government is deciding which one it will accept. Whatever transpires, I expect we will be paying a fee to ski in PLPP this winter.
As for the trail, there are some improvements. A new bridge has been installed at the first Hydroline junction. Take note in the photos that it’s wide enough for a snowcat.
Some maintenance has been completed over the summer on the Fox Creek trail.
At 5.5K along Elk Pass, I saw the results of the work which was done in the swampy area a few years ago. The trail was raised and ditches were excavated in order to expedite runoff. This improvement isn’t so noticeable in the winter, but is very prominent and welcome for hikers and bikers. When I biked through this spot a few years ago, I was in a swamp. Now it’s high and dry.
After reaching the top of the pass, I biked down into Elk Lakes Provincial Park in BC for as far as bikes are allowed. It was along this trail where I encountered a bear on the trail in front of me. I simply spoke in a calm voice and asked the bear to let me go by, and it graciously complied, watching me from the side of the trail as I rode past.