Rosemary asked the question…
We are a friendly & respectful group of snowshoers that would like to get out as well. In particular we would like to snowshoe 10 to 15 kms on trails dedicated or not because we really are nice people who stay to the side and yield to all xc skiers. Planning trip around New Years and we’d like to try West Bragg Creek be it Snowshoe Hare, Moose Loop, or whereever. What are your suggestions?
Alf Skrastins responded…
Rosemary, the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association has just spent the whole summer constructing over 30 km of new trails. These trails are designed for summer hiking and mountain biking, but many of them are also great snowshoe trails. These trails are laid out in such a way that they do not conflict with the existing XC ski trails and generally offer better views from meadows and ridge-tops than the XC trails do. It is easy to put together loops of 10 to 15km.
You can get maps at: http://www.braggcreekski.org/GBCTA_Ski/Trail_Maps.html
A couple more options in the area to consider are:
-Hwy #66 beyond Elbow Falls, up to Rainy Summit Pass and the Mustang Hills.
-The Powderface Creek-Prairie Link-Prairie Creek Loop, also from Elbow Falls.
-The Eagle Hill trail in the Sibbald Lake area
-There are several designated snowshoe trails in the Ribbon Creek area and the Evan-Thomas Creek trail is also a good snowshoe trail
-There are several designated snowshoe trails in the Kananaskis Lakes and Spray/Smith-Dorrien Valleys, including a network of loops between the Chester Lake and Sawmill trailheads.
Hope that helps!
Mutual respect on the trails is essential and appreciated, and so easy to do. With more families out on the trails, us adults really need to show the younger generations how respect works.
Although I have yet to snow shoe here, I’ve heard good things about West Bragg and will be heading there w/ family this holiday season.
Seems to be a popular destination for Calgarians. Here’s a link to check out:
This 2nd link also talks about some ‘shoeing ideas if you look through the past couple years of entries: http://kananaskisblog.com/snowshoe-hare/2010/ Having mountain biked some of the new West Bragg trails, I’m 100% certain some of the shorter loops would make exceptional snowshoe routes too.
Bob – would you please consider adding a “snowshoe” section to the “Trip Reports”?