The first 500 m of the trail crosses a creek and historically been kinda wet but I've never found it to be a problem. We took Monty up there today, and what a mess someone is making of that first 500 m. It seems as if they want to improve the drainage, but it's clear they did not get a civil engineer involved in the design of the "improvements". They have dug a 2' deep trench all along the uphill side of the trail, and in a lot of sections, on the downhill side of the trail, too. Yes, they are putting in culverts, but the ditches are a disaster waiting to happen.
|2' gouge on the uphill side only (shadows enhanced)|
|Whacking huge ditches on both sides|
And water did collect in the ditches today. We delayed our start till after lunch because the Canmore forecast called for cloud in the AM with better weather in the PM. Well, it dawned mostly sunny, and the afternoon saw wind, cold temps and showers moving through. We were rained on starting at the lookout bench on the way up, but the rain stopped by the time we hit the summit.
|Looking northwest up the ridge|
|Cox Hill. Yamnuska in the centre|
|More of Cox Hill|
|A very big cloud|
|Dramatic photo of flowers with an out of focus mountain|
|Small succulent things|
|Cool seed pods with out of focus people|
|"I'M ON TOP OF THE WORLD!"|
|Fat boy, fat boy, whatcha gonna do?|