Odlum Creek

Longview, Alberta

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Odlum Creek is a pleasant ride along a smooth road without the elevation gains so prominent on many other mountain trails. It takes you into a wilderness valley, past several abandoned sawmill sites. Along it 14.34-mile route you pass some incredibly lush avalanche slopes, which highlight the dual character of this winter phenomenon. To your right, the rich summer growth of the these slopes makes for excellent summer habitat for animals such as grizzlies. To your left, you cross an avalanche slope where the power of avalanches is highlighted. Large trees have been snapped off as if they were matchsticks. It's amazing how humans can look at an avalanche slope and see devastation, while nature, in effect, sees opportunity. At the far end of the valley, you have the option of parking your bike and hiking a rough trail for approximately 1.5 miles up to Odlum Pond, a tiny alpine lake at the base of the Elk Range.

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"Odlum Creek is a pleasant ride along a smooth road without the elevation gains so prominent on many other mountain trails. It takes you into a wilderness valley, past several abandoned sawmill sites. Along it 14.34-mile route you pass some incredibly lush avalanche slopes, which highlight the dual character of this winter phenomenon.

To your right, the rich summer growth of the these slopes makes for excellent summer habitat for animals such as grizzlies. To your left, you cross an avalanche slope where the power of avalanches is highlighted. Large trees have been snapped off as if they were matchsticks. It's amazing how humans can look at an avalanche slope and see devastation, while nature, in effect, sees opportunity. At the far end of the valley, you have the option of parking your bike and hiking a rough trail for approximately 1.5 miles up to Odlum Pond, a tiny alpine lake at the base of the Elk Range."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Longview
Distance: 14.3
Elevation Gain: 864 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: August and early September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,450 feet
Top Elevation: 6,314 feet
Local Contacts: Barrier Lake Travel Information Centre, 403-673-3985
Local Maps: NTS 82 J / 07 Mount Head
Driving Directions: Directions to Odlum Creek

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May 2018