Everyone else doing the Calgary Marathon and races means a quiet trail!
May as well get some more use out of my Parks pass
Hankering for something low key and beautiful
Nearly the only trail that Parks says is in good condition right now during spring melt
Leisurely start at 10am at the trailhead. Gorgeous day.
Minnewanka is a major tourist draw but the parking lot’s not too full this morning. The trailhead’s near the dam and you can hike or bike all the way to wherever you please, as is often the case in the Rockies. My objective is the end of the lake for an out and back total of 44km. Past Stewart Canyon a couple km’s into the trail, I see only a couple hikers and then a couple backpackers and quickly I get looong stretches of trail all to myself. All day there are only a few mountain bike groups. All in all a very quiet day for Minnewanka.
Not that anyone’s asking me, but, that schematic is way off scale. I’m tired but can appreciate the hilarity of a 50m campsite extending nearly all the way back to Banff according to the ‘map’. And the 22km I’ve just done looks to be three times shorter than the 9km left to Devil’s Gap.
Ahh I love the mountains.
“For more than 100 centuries, people hunted and camped along the original shores of Lake Minnewanka. The Stoney people called it “Minn-waki” or “Lake of the Spirits”. They respected and feared this lake for its resident spirits. The Early Europeans called it Devil’s Lake.” More about the history of the lake from Parks Canada here.