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East Battle River (Duhamel) to Rest & Be Thankful (see Hike Details)
May 7 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
The hike follows the Battle River east towards Stoney Creek and Camrose. It starts by following the river, low in the valley across open grassland, but eventually winds its way up out of the valley, stepping over a field of crocuses, then into woods and gulleys, and ending at the top of “Rest & Be Thankful” hill. There we stop to eat our lunches, thankful for the spectacular views. After returning to the trailhead, we’ll make a quick visit to the nearby old Duhamel Church, built in 1883 and restored with Waskahegans working on mending the roof. It has an interesting graveyard. See end notes in the guide book (Page 53). The pictures from May 3rd, 2015
The hike will leave from the Duhamel Campground (at Range Road 212C just off Highway 21) at about 10 a.m. In Edmonton we will meet at the Century Park ‘Park & Ride’ Section J (it’s free on weekends) and carpool leaving at 9 a.m. Participants may proceed there directly on their own, but should check the website prior to departure in case of a change.
If you are new to WTA hikes, then you should visit the Guided Hikes web page for essential information. For further information specific to this hike, refer to The Waskahegan Trail Guide Book, pages 52-53, or contact the Hike Leader JoAnne at 780-487-0645