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May 2017

Maintenance: Saunders & Source of the Blackmud

May 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT
McDonald’s 82 Ave & 75 St., 7419 82 Ave NW
Edmonton, Ab T6B 0G3 Canada
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This has been rescheduled from April 26 because of wet muddy conditions for working. Trail Maintenance:   call Karen 780-642-6372 Maintenance always depends on the weather; so check the website before coming out. See guide book p. 25 & 29 Saunders Lake A33 to A30: Mow first 1km & return; chain, clip & sign & clear through to A30 North End of Coal Lake: Mow taking predator and cart from A39 to quad trails stopping to build walkway over spring…

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Maintenance: Battle Gwynne + Battle Duhamel

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm MDT
McDonald’s 82 Ave & 75 St., 7419 82 Ave NW
Edmonton, Ab T6B 0G3 Canada
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This has been rescheduled from May 3rd as the first work day (April 26) was moved forward to May 3rd because of wet muddy weather. Trail Maintenance:   call Karen 780-642-6372 Maintenance always depends on the weather; so check the website before coming out. See guide book p. 47. Battle Gwynne As this section was done last fall, we will take a run through with chain saw, clippers and signage and move some walk way boards in muddy areas;  approx.…

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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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Maintenance: Ministik Berg A88 to A89

May 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm MDT
McDonald’s 82 Ave & 75 St., 7419 82 Ave NW
Edmonton, Ab T6B 0G3 Canada
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Trail Maintenance:   call Karen 780-642-6372 Maintenance always depends on the weather; so check the website before coming out. See guide book p. 77. We will mow, chain, clip, sign & clear debris.  approx. 6 -7km Call or email Karen to say you are coming. If you decide last minute just show up at McDonald’s. Please bring your lunch, water, wear older clothes and be prepared for hiking. Workers are insured by WCB. Transportation is provided by Waskahegan. We also…

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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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Maintenance: Miquelon A84 to D

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT
McDonald’s 82 Ave & 75 St., 7419 82 Ave NW
Edmonton, Ab T6B 0G3 Canada
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Trail Maintenance:   call Karen 780-642-6372 Maintenance always depends on the weather; so check the website before coming out. See guide book p. 67. We will mow, chain, clip, sign and remove debris from A84 through the blue and yellow routes (foregoing the mowing near the shoreline) and returning: approx 5-6km Call or email Karen to say you are coming. If you decide last minute just show up at McDonald’s. Please bring your lunch, water, wear older clothes and be…

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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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