Hike Committee Meeting (ZOOM Web Meeting)
March 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm MDT
Hike leaders and any members who are interested in hike schedule or trail maintenance planning are getting together for a ZOOM meeting to develop the 2024 Spring-Summer (early May to early November) weekly hike schedule and associated train maintenance schedule.
For April 2024 to March 2024 there will be ~40 hikes. To help with our planning we will use a file of past hikes. Choose one of these versions depending on which spreadsheet software you use (these are the files from the March 2023 Hike Committee Meeting, they will be updated prior to the March 2024 meeting):
- Hike_Planning_2024.xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
- Apple Numbers (Macintosh, iPhone, iPad)
- OpenDocument Spreadsheet (Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice)
Alternatively, you can download the PDFs of the spreadsheet’s 2 tabs:
The file has two tabs of the hike information:
This is the list of hikes, by Guide Book page number. The columns on the right of “2023” show what the hike was in previous years.
This is the list of hikes, a by Guide Book page number. The columns on the right show when the hike was previously held and the name of the hike leader. Some hikes have been done with variations and these are noted.
Hike Meeting Notes
In the meeting we we will concentrate on filling in the hike schedule from mid-April to mid-November when we have the weekly & mostly out of town hikes on our trail. We can also look at dates, with mid-November to mid-April hikes every other week & mostly on public trails.
From the 2023 trail maintenance, I’ve included the following spring hikes to the schedule which should be good without additional maintenance. Some are currently listed with no leader identified for any of these hikes, if you would like to lead any of these hike or have a favourite hike that you would like to lead, let Lee know (email@example.com) and he will fill it in before the meeting.
There are hikes 27 hikes between April 21st and the end of October, we have already tentatively filled 11 so 16 still needed –
- April 21st – South Saunders Lake – A33 to A30 (JoAnne B. & Lee S.)
- April 28th – Battle River – Duhamel Campground to RB Hill (Mary M.)
- May 5th – Ministik – A87 to Horseshoe Lake (Helen W.)
- May 12th – Kopp Lake (John S.)
- May 19th – Pipestone Creek – A49 to A51+ (JoAnne B. & Lee S.)
- May 26th (Tentative) – North Miquelon A85 (Miquelon Park) to St. FX Lookout & Members Social (Anita P, JoAnne B & Lee S)
- July 14th – Stoner Creek (Elizabeth B.)
- September 1st (Tentative) – Battle River (Duhamel Campground to Fidler’s Monument) (Elizabeth B.)
- September 8th (Tentative) – Ministik Berg/Nature Conservancy Trails (Delaney S.)
- October 20th – Battle River – Duhamel Campground to RB Hill (Mary M.)
- October 27th (Tentative) – Wanison or Berg or Hughston Stopover & Members Social (Anita P, JoAnne B & Lee S)
Note: ‘Tentative’ are just confirming the date and no hike Thanksgiving weekend. Starting in November we will be hiking every other week on trails that do not require maintenance, we will start addressing those hikes later in the season.
Trail Maintenance Considerations
In 2024 we are trying to keep Trail Maintenance costs down due to funding issues. Here are some of the ways we are reducing the need for trail maintenance:
Many trails cleaned up and hiked in early summer can be hiked again at the end of the season without additional maintenance. Examples – in 2022, Middle Battle River (Duhamel Campground to Fidler’s Monument) and South Coal Lake (Kjorlein Corner to the Water Plant) were both hiked in June then again in September (South Coal Lake) & October (Middle Battle River).
A trail cleaned up and hiked in the fall can be hiked again the next spring without additional maintenance. Examples – in 2022, East Battle River (Duhamel Campground to RB Hill), Ministik Bird Sanctuary (A87/Spilstead Access to Horseshoe Lake) and the Southend of Saunders Lake we all hiked in April or May based upon the fall 2021 trail maintenance.
Some hikes have overlapping sections where trail maintenance only needs to go once. Examples: the north and south ends hikes along Saunders Lake overlap for 1-2km around A30, the North Coal Lake (A40 to ‘B’) and Cloverlawn/Stan’s Bench (A39 to Mud Lake) for 1km between A39 and “B”.
Include Public Trails
We maintain two short connector trails into Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Recreation Area. The connector trails are <5km apart and each required only about 1-2km of maintenance (A98 at the end of Range Road 203 and A99 at the end of Range Road 204). With one trail maintenance trip we could have two hikes going into the park, each starting on the connector trail with the bulk of the hike inside the park.
Scheduling a public trail hike in mid-season also provides a buffer for Trail Maintenance. They can use the extra week to catch up (in case of previous rain-outs or a problem area that needs extra work) or just to take a break in the season.
If you have any questions or comments about the hike schedule, let Lee know at firstname.lastname@example.org