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March 2017

Patricia Heights Ravine to Fort Edmonton

March 12 @ 9:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
McDonalds 87th Ave & 149th Street, 14920-87 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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The hike will leave from the parking lot on Westridge Shopping Centre (at the corner of Westridge & Wolf Willow) at about 10:15 a.m. The pictures from March 8th, 2015.(Don't forget that the time changes from MST to MDT today) In Edmonton we will meet at the McDonalds 87 Ave/149 St – 14920 - 87 Ave & carpool (leaving at 10 a.m.). Participants may proceed there directly on their own, but should check the website prior to departure in case…

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Terwillegar Park Footbridge & West End Trail

March 25 @ 9:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
McDonalds Riverbend, 494 Riverbend Square
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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The Terwillegar Park Footbridge & West End Trails are completed, so this will be a new hike for the winter of 2017 that connects Terwillegar Park to Fort Edmonton - trail info for West End Trail. The hike will leave from the parking lot at Terwillegar Park at about 10:15 a.m. We will start from the top of the parking lot nearest the road; this lot can get crowded on weekends as it is popular with dog walkers. In Edmonton…

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April 2017

Terwillegar Park Elk Island – Shirley Lake Trail (Shirley Lake trailhead)

April 9 @ 9:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
McDonalds Riverbend, 494 Riverbend Square
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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Note: David scouted the Elk Island - Shirley Lake Trail on April 3rd and found it was too wet & ice for a safe hike. The replacement hike will now be Terwillegar Park. The pictures from November 21st, 2010 (but hopefully without the snow). The hike will leave from the parking lot at Terwillegar Park at about 10:15 a.m. We will start from the top of the parking lot nearest the road; this lot can get crowded on weekends as…

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New Devonian Trail-A Beyond Hike

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm MDT
McDonald’s 199St and 62 Ave Edmonton, 6215 199th Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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Note: due to the wet snow during Easter weekend we have rescheduled the hike for April 30th, and now with a 9am start. Waskahegan Members are invited to join me hiking the new Devonian Trail from Twp 512 by Hwy 60 to Prospectors Point Park on the river. Funded in partnership with the River Valley Alliance, the County's newest trail is almost complete. The 6km trail spans from Prospectors' Point to the Devonian Botanical Garden. Contruction began in May 2016 and three of four…

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May 2017

Saunders Lake A33 to A30 (see Hike Details)

May 6 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Century Park (Section J of paid lot), 2515 111 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5N3 Canada
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Each Spring, the shore of Saunders Lake is the first part of the Waskahegan Trail to be free of snow. This hike, 9.8 km round trip, follows the shoreline, giving views of early waterbirds and red tailed hawks. Lots of sun too, so bring a hat. This Saturday hike is to kickoff our Meetup Group page and we may add more Saturday hikes to accommodate demand. We chose Saunders Lake because it's not a long drive. And it will likely…

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East Battle River (Duhamel) to Rest & Be Thankful (see Hike Details)

May 7 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Century Park (Section J of paid lot), 2515 111 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5N3 Canada
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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…

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Gwynne Section & Chickadee Trail

May 13 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Century Park (Section J of paid lot), 2515 111 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5N3 Canada
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This week's outing includes two hikes: a first one that is 7 round-trip kilometres, and an optional second one of no more than 3 round-trip. The huge valley starting at Gwynne and containing the Battle River as it flows eastward across Alberta, was created in a few days. At the end of the last ice age, glacier water trapped by ice formed huge Lake Edmonton. The water finally broke through the ice at Gwynne and the whole lake emptied, creating…

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Source of the Blackmud

May 14 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Century Park (Section J of paid lot), 2515 111 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5N3 Canada
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Source of the Blackmud has grand vistas of Mud Lake, Coal Lake and the Gwynne valley. We go into the woods and come upon an unusual "pet cemetery." Afterwards, we descend into the valley towards the north end of Coal Lake to the Great Divide where the water south enters Coal Lake, the Battle River and the North Saskatchewan at North Battleford. Water north enters Blackmud creek into Edmonton and the North Saskatchewan. We lunch on a hill overlooking Coal…

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Ministik Berg (see Hike Details)

May 20 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Century Park (Section J of paid lot), 2515 111 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5N3 Canada
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The hike is through the Ministik Bird Sanctuary and a bit beyond, for a total length round-trip of about 8 km. This is of course a good chance to see birds, including waterfowl, as well as beaver. A small camera with a zoom lens or lightweight binoculars would be handy. The hike will leave from the trail head just past the U of A Ministik Station on Township Road 510 (1 km west of Range Road 210) at about 9:40…

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Miquelon (A86 to A87)

May 21 @ 8:45 am - 3:00 pm MDT
Century Park (Section J of paid lot), 2515 111 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5N3 Canada
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(Note: changed May 18) This hike was originally going to be through a section known for mushrooms. However a new pond has formed right at the start of the trail, so we are changing the route. We'll start just outside the Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, and head north. Landmarks are Currie Pasture, the Marsh Mitchell Cabin, and a secluded pond with a beaverlodge and lots of birds.  It will be a 10 km round trip. In Edmonton we will meet…

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