Distance: 7.4 km loop
Elevation Gain: 280 m
Special considerations: The first leg of this is through a field that has cows. I have grown up in Alberta and seen a lot of cows but this is the first time I hiked with them ha ha. Anyways, if you are not familiar cows are pretty harmless, just talk and let them know you are there. Shoo em if they get too close, really they are just eating and used to people telling them what to do.
The Hike: Travel west on Highway 546 until you see the side lot for the trail head just past Sandy McNabb campground. (A lovely campground by the way) You begin as noted above by crossing a field that may have cows in it. From here you casually ascend through a lovely aspen forest until you reach a very nice view point of the valley. Then you head back down a little steeper than the way up but still quite easy, and then come out of the forest and you cross the highway (its a small one and an easy cross) From here you walk along a ridge, take care as it is a large drop off, but its a beautiful valley.
This will bring you to another field that may have some more cows :) Also this is a popular part of the trail for cyclists.
This will lead you back to your car and you are done.
Overall this is a gentle hike, the heights are not too high and the length is under 10 km. It does involve going up so there is some work to be done but no large steps or drops.
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