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Updated: September 14, 2017

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Updated: September 14, 2017

On September 13, some much needed and significant precipitation events occurred in the valley. This has left trails wet and muddy and potentially slippery. As the temperatures are typically colder at night and higher in the alpine, expect upwards of around 3-10 cm of snow above 2000 metres in elevation. Please avoid wet and muddy trails with bikes or horses to allow trails to fully dry to prevent trail damage.

Trees at all elevations are showcasing their fall colours and its a spectacle not to be missed. Be prepared for colder temperature and rapidly changing weather conditions during this fall season.

Notes: 

  1. Caution advised due to water running high and fast at stream crossings, and natural hazards such as down trees from recent heavy winds.
  2. Caution is advised due to washed out bridge material in the Sheep River approximately 100m downstream of Indian Oils Day Use area.
  3. Cattle graze in the area - be sure to close all gates behind you.
  4. Bears and cougars are active; ensure that you are carrying bear spray, know how to use it, are aware of your surroundings, making noise and observing all Bear Smart safety techniques.

Flood related closures:

  1. Sandy McNabb Day Use: Closed due to the road washout, but the trail to the river ford remains open.
  2. Cat Creek Recreation Area: Closed due to the road washout. Cat Creek Interpretive Trail remains open and intact and alternative parking can be found across the road from the recreation area (East side of Highway 40) in gravel washout car park. 
  3. Sheep River Trail: The portion of trail through the private property (located between the north face of Gibraltar Mountain on the south end and Burns Creek on the north end) was heavily damaged in 2013 and is not passable at this time.

Warnings:

  1. Bear Warning - Sandy McNabb Campground
  2. Bear Warning - Peter Lougheed Area and surrounding Parks including Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
  3. Construction Advisory - Cat Creek Day Use and Access road 

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Cat Creek Interpretive
Note Cat Creek Recreation Area is closed, but alternative parking can be found across the road in a gravel washout car park. 

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Sheep
Note The trail through the private property (located between the north face of Gibraltar Mountain on the south end and Burns Creek on the north end) was heavily damaged in 2013 and is not passable at this time. Bridge construction over Tiger Jaw Falls.

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