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post #16 of (permalink) Old 04-24-2021, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Turned dark before I got to ink pots, so will probably re-do some day just to see trail's end.

Ink Pots are not trail end. It continues north all the way to Skoki and Lake Louise, on what is known as "Sawback Trail". There is also very popular "Sawback Circuit" backpack, looping over Badger Pass and Mystic Pass (3-4 nights, some trail run it in a day but this doesn't let you appreciate the area). This is all well described in Patton/Robinson book. I've been planning trip to Luellen Lake, ~11km from Ink Pots & camp there for morning photography, maybe this year.

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Interesting question is future of 1A and Johnston Canyon access. Road will remain closed this year too which means access to Johnston Canyon and Sawback Trail will be at least 5km walking or cycling from Castle Junction. When Covid eventually ends, 1A from Castle Junction to Johnston Canyon will re-open; there are just too many facilities there, de-luxe cabins etc to completely restrict car access. But east part to Banff might get closed permanently. There was a poll last August and overwhelming 90% of respondents would prefer this to be a permanent closure. Which would mean car-free cycling year round.
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That's a lovely photo, and thanks for the info about the Sawback Trail. I will look forward to seeing more beyond the ink pots.
I do enjoy taking 1A as an alternative to TCH 1 and usually stop to glass the meadows in the eastern half for wildlife. But it makes sense to close it to auto traffic if there are still resident wolf packs or caribou/moose aggregations and the local residents prefer to see it closed. And it may be costly to maintain relative to the amount of traffic it gets.
Should the closure of eastern half go forward, would the huge Johnston Canyon campground be within the exclusion area?
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Should the closure of eastern half go forward, would the huge Johnston Canyon campground be within the exclusion area?

That is good question. I think, but this is just guesswork, perm. barricade would be ~1km east of Johnston Canyon, where 1A splits at bottom of hill into 2 separate lanes. So campground would still be car accessible, as seen on map

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There was also closure sign at Hillsdale meadows, showing large chunk east of 1A closed for hiking, can't remember what was exactly the reason but it was something with wildlife
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Thanks for the info!
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