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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-11-2014, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, Alberta denizens of CT,

I'm working in Alberta for the summer, based out of Lac La Biche, and am looking for suggestions on things not to miss/to miss. I don't have my snowshoes with me, but do have ice axe and instep crampons.

In particular, I've got a block of 4 days off in a few days. What might be a decent excursion in mid May?
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I had to look up Lac La Biche. Where were you thinking of heading for hikes and rambles? Around Jasper, I've only done these http://www.bobspirko.ca/Jasper/Jasper.htm Some of them might be in shape. We've had record snow fall this year. I'm sure some of the Edmonton guys will jump in with some advice.
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According to Lobo it would seem to be a very late spring in the mountains this year just like on the prairies.

Usually the earliest Jasper area trail to hike is to Jacques Lake. It's an easy day in. Very little elevation gain and probably little to no snow left from this winter.
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One of my early season faves is into Mt. Robson Park. There's still usually snow at Emperor Falls and above, but it's usually doable to get to Berg Lake.
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I had to look up Lac La Biche. Where were you thinking of heading for hikes and rambles? Around Jasper, I've only done these http://www.bobspirko.ca/Jasper/Jasper.htm Some of them might be in shape. We've had record snow fall this year. I'm sure some of the Edmonton guys will jump in with some advice.
Anywhere, really. Obviously I love the mountains but if there are cool things to see out in the eastern section of Alberta, that's good too. Or even western Saskatchewan.
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How is the snow in the rockies right now? Are snowshoes still required, or is into solid spring snow?
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How is the snow in the rockies right now? Are snowshoes still required, or is into solid spring snow?
last week it was still winter
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We ended up doing the Lakeland canoe circuit. It was pretty awesome - I'd recommend it as an easy canoe tour.
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Did you do the circuit on the long weekend? My wife and I did the circuit then as well, beautiful weekend. I was disappointed that the maintenance crews didn't have the canoe carts in the back-country portages yet, seems like they should have them out by May long!

Perfect weekend for it though, sunny, +20, but still no mosquitos. How often does that happen in the boreal?
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Did you do the circuit on the long weekend? My wife and I did the circuit then as well, beautiful weekend. I was disappointed that the maintenance crews didn't have the canoe carts in the back-country portages yet, seems like they should have them out by May long!

Perfect weekend for it though, sunny, +20, but still no mosquitos. How often does that happen in the boreal?
We started on the Friday night of the long, yes. Out by Sunday. There was one cart at the 1.6km portage, but the wheels were pretty flat. We used it.

Pretty gorgeous trek. Some nice photo ops - this is probably my favourite : https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/14223218625/
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