Schnee Hill Hike: Golden Hues and Heady Scents

Yesterday we had serial downpours. Today’s hike was the complete opposite.

The thirteen of us were treated to a strong sun in a cloudless sky. It may have been only 10 degrees in Edmonton, but it felt like 20 degrees on the trail.
Battle River Valley

Now that at least half the leaves have fallen from the trees, we were able to take in more than usual of the Battle River valley vistas.

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We know autumn for its colours, but what about its scent? For us it was the leaves and grasses that have matured and dried out. For instance, we walked through narrow meadows, sheltered behind the ridge. As the sun beat down, pockets of warm air raised to our faces the heady and pleasant aroma of sages.

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New boardwalk

This year’s hike was the best in recent memory, in large part due to the extensive trail maintenance. Here we are on the newly-repaired and neatly-shingled boardwalk.

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out more photos on Flickr.
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Kopp Lake Blue Skies

Nine hikers enjoyed the Kopp Lake hike on Sunday.

Tea break

The trail, located on the hillsides of the Gwynne Valley, winds its way through spruce, aspen and birch forest. It was particularly lovely with all the fall colours.

 

 

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The day began cloudy but it cleared to blue skies.

We enjoyed a “coffee break” at the beaver lodge. We saw no beavers but admired their work. They have been busy—even since the work party passed through.

 

 

We saw two white-tailed deer, a few geese and a squirrel or two. We discovered some flowers blooming—something we didn’t expect in September.

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Lungwort
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Bladder Campion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new wooden walk installed by the maintenance crew received its initiation. Thanks to the maintenance crew for a well-prepared trail.

Thanks also to the landowner(s) who allow us to share their land for this hike.

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See the pictures on our album on Flickr

2016-09-18 Hike: Kopp Lake

Pipestone Creek Stroll

We circled the Pipestone Creek Edmonton Area Trust Land (http://www.ealt.ca/conservation-lands/) on undulating mowed paths strolling at an easy pace. pipestone-trust-land-6

With lovely vistas of the Pipestone, a glimpse of a charcoal white tailed deer, and a rich pallet of colour in the trees & bush we were comfortably hiking,  tucked away from the worse of the wind.  pipestone-trust-land-7The trail was new to explore and not as long as the usual 10km Sunday hike. So we went around the corner of Coal Lake via Hwy 13 and took a look at the re-opened South Coal Lake park by the dam and another branch of the Pipestone creek. coal-lake-damNearby at the boat launch we followed a trail that ended abruptly, looking out at the white caps on Coal Lake. dock-coal-lake-2Rain held until we were homeward.