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Cadomin to Miette Hot Springs-Fiddle River Trail
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.28 - 04:11:40
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Nikanassin Range
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 700m
Participants: Dieter Kepper, solo
Difficulty: 1: There is no difficulty, but there are five crossings of the Fiddle river which can be difficult during periods of high water
This is a long dayhike through a little used area on the eastern boundary of Jasper National Park. I have also done this trip as a three day backpack trip
The title of this trip report is a bit of a misnomer as it doesn't really start from Cadomin, but that is what this hike is known as to locals. The trail actually starts five kms west of Cadomin at the Whitehorse Creek Provincial Campground. Cadomin is an acronym for The Canadian Dominion Mining Corporation that discovered coal here 100 years ago and opened up the first coal mine in this area. In the 20's Cadomin had a population of 1800 people and had a curling rink and a dance hall and even had a motion picture studio, which was still there when I first came to Cadomin in the late 70's. The miners of the day rode to Miette Hot Springs for the healing properties of the hot springs. It was a long day ride in one direction at the time. So its safe to assume that the miners built what is today known as the Fiddle River trail (Whitehorse Creek Trail). Today the quiet and windy hamlet of Cadomin is home to about 50 people. I have done this trip three other times, twice as a day hike and once as a three day backpacking trip. The three day trip is good because the opportunities for scrambling in the area is unlimited and exploring the headwaters of the Fiddle and Poachers Creek take you into some beautiful, rarely seen country.
I started this long day hike on a beautiful, clear crisp August morning. The first six kms is on the Whitehorse Falls trail. The trail follows Whitehorse Creek through a small canyon for about half a km and then starts to climb into the forest and soon you see the Creek far below. At km 4.5 the trail drops back down to the river and this is the view. You see Lobo 1 and 2 in the distance to the left and part of Lyra Peak to the right. The Fiddle Pass trail goes to the right of Lyra Peak. This is the view from Km 4.5.
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