Forty-five kilometers west of Edmonton is the Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area, one of the more scenic woodlands for day hiking in the region.
Thirteen hikers came out on the sunny Sunday and walked from hilltop to hilltop, passing by and overlooking the frozen lakes.
Over the week, the warmer temperatures and the foot traffic had turned the snow-covered paths to ice, especially on the south-facing slopes. Those of us who had grips for their boots, or used poles, were glad they had thought to bring them. Stella, however, found the easiest way to descend one of the steeper hills—by sliding down on her down-filled jacket.
We had our lunch under the gazebo, and finished the day with a short hike around Dog Leg pond.
Thanks to Johanna for scouting and leading this hike. You can view more pictures on Flickr.