This year, I offered to co-ordinate a Grant MacEwan Mountain Club backpack into the area. We would drive out from Edmonton on a Thursday morning, hit the Fish Creek Trailhead at around lunch time, and pack in as far as the Baker Lake Campground (some 14 km), which would be our base for hiking and scrambling for the next two or three days. By the time the participant list was finalized, it became two days for everyone.
My goal was to see as much of the area as possible, and the other four in the group wanted the same. So on the third day, we set off to make a counterclockwise loop of the entire area.
We set off northward from Baker Lake Backcountry Campground at about 8:20 a.m., taking the trail over Cotton Grass Pass to the Red Deer Lakes. This section of trail passes from the headwaters of Baker Creek to the beginnings of the Red Deer River, a significant watershed. Baker Creek drains into the Bow River. The waters of the Red Deer and the Bow do not join until the Red Deer flows into the South Saskatchewan near Estuary, Saskatchewan, more than 450 km away. Despite its hydrographic importance, the pass is a long meadow.
As we crossed the pass, we heard a wolf... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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