Maintenance: Hastings Lake

Repairing trail markers on the Allen Nature Trail

This Wednesday June 22 we worked on a section of Hastings Lake A97 to A95 & Allen Nature Trail – A successful trip for the 8 of us done in less than 3 hours, partly because it is a shorter hike and there is some road.

We had the predator brush cutter out for the first time this season and it was marvelous even in the damp grass and brush (Geoff F. had replaced the battery).

We replaced a board and added some shingles to boardwalks, added support to a post of a stile as well as the regular trail clearing of mowing, chain sawing, clipping, signing and clearing debris.

It was great to be done earlier with such humidity and too many mosquitoes!

We ended with lunch at St. Margaret’s church.

Lunch on the lawn at St. Margaret's church

Ross Creek: obstacle hike

Even before we  got to the trail head, we were challenged. Hwy 16 had construction and after pulling off to make a pit stop at a gas station, we were blocked at every entry to the highway! Eventually we circled around following other lost souls and return to our route only to miss the turnoff!

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The forecast uncertain us eight hikers endured the rain and the winds! We thought we were prepared. The first surprise was a recently plowed field crossing where we trudged around and through huge muddy lumps to get to the second stile. At first the trail seemed not too bad just a bit overgrown as maintenance was done last month. Then we got to the open grassy sections where the path disappeared and the long wet grass pulled at our pant legs with every step. Finally deciding that we needed to make this an even shorter hike, we arrived at our recently built bridge only to find we had to swim 20 feet to get to it!

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Our return trip was a little easier on the trampled trail.

We frightened  two grouse and a duck, irritated a hawk protecting it’s nest and enjoyed a peak or two of the sun.

We lunched at the cars, then returned to Edmonton where we warmed ourselves with coffee and laughed about our hike.