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Bighorn Meadows Professional Review and Guide
"This long, but relatively easy and straightforward hike offers moderate elevation gain to a broad subalpine meadow along the Bighorn River. Two picturesque waterfalls add interest to the return loop. From the trailhead choose the wide, well-gravelled path on the north side of the parking area by the equestrian trail sign. Almost immediately it begins to climb steeply through white spruce and lodgepole pine. When you reach the top of the rise you realize that you have merely completed the first of several steps that take you up to Sunkay Creek."
--Jane Ross & Daniel Kyba, David Thompson Highway: A Hiking Guide (Rocky Mountain Books).
While the hike was not physically challenging - there were a number of things that made the outcome somewhat dissapointing. First, you are sharing the trail with ATV'ers and in parts the trail became so muddy we had to wade through mud up to our shins or try and navigate around it , which cost quite a bit of time. Secondly the trail was not very well maintained and we had to often climb over brush and deadfall. By the time we made it to the meadows we found itssomewhat anticlimactic- while the scenery is pretty it is nothing spectacular. Be prepared to get wet, you have to ford the river twice, and there are not many places to go to avoid getting wet. All in all it is a decent hike, and mostly straight forward. Great to do if you want to see different areas of David thompson. You have forest, meadows and mountains all mashed into one.
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