Monthly Archives: September 2013

Trans Canada Trail Hiker

When completed, the Trans Canada Trail will extend 23,500 kilometres (14,600 miles) from coast to coast, with a spur leading from Edmonton up through the Yukon to the Arctic Ocean. Around 80% of the trail has been completed, with section south of Banff National Park through Kananaskis Country and the Elk Valley being one section of the trail still needing to be finished. Which is why we were surprised to meet up this weekend with Dana (pictured […]

Late larches in the Purcell Range

Canadian Rockies Trail Guide contributor Jim Thorsell sends along this photo of fresh snow and golden larches at Brewer Lakes in the Purcell Range. He comments that “about 1/3 of larches as of 25 Sept had turned so our larch season is later here with a peak this year around 1 Oct.” Conditions appear similar in the Canadian Rockies. If snow and wet weather persists, this year’s show may not […]

Best Larch Hikes in the Canadian Rockies

Every September, alpine larch (Larix lyalli) needles turn a brilliant gold at higher elevations throughout the Canadian Rockies, and hikers are inspired by some of the best weather of the season to go in search of autumn splendour in the high, subalpine forest of the Rockies. Expect the final 10 days of September to display the best and the brightest foliage. Here are a few favourites, complete with personal biases: Opabin […]

Checking out the Larch Webcam at Lake Louise

Wondering if the alpine larch needles in the Canadian Rockies have turned gold yet? Check out the Lake Louise Gondola’s “Larch Cam”, located on the shoulder of Whitehorn Mountain near the top of the Ptarmigan Chair (2400m/7874 ft). Peak of autumn colour is usually the third weekend of September, and judging by the current image from the webcam, the final week of the month will provide the best viewing of […]

Highway 40 reopens over Highwood Pass

Highway 40 running over Highwood Pass in Kananaskis Country reopened on September 4, 2013, for the first time this year following June flooding that damaged several sections of the road. It is the highest public road in Canada and provides access to several popular hiking trails and routes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, including Elbow Lake (205) and Ptarmigan Cirque (206). The highway reopening extends south from its junction with […]