Kootenay Plains

Nordegg, Alberta

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In the good old days the Stoney Indians rode the Kootenay Plains on horses; now you, too can ride the plains. The Kootenay Plains are, or should I say were, a very extensive valley-bottom grassland within the mountains. A large part of the grasslands were flooded following construction of the Bighorn Dam. This route follows a disused logging road from the blue suspension bridge easy to the grasslands on the south side of Abraham Lake. Before the lake was created and flooded this area, the road crossed the North Saskatchewan on a wooden bridge and passed by the homestead cabins of Tom Wilson and Jim Simpson. During the early years of this century Wilson and Simpson trapped in this country in the winter. Although you can see the highway across the lake, you are still relatively isolated from it. here is a chance to wander about the grasslands and enjoy the mountain scenes extending in every direction. Unless you have arranged for a boat to come across the river and pick you up, you will have to content yourself with the pleasant task of retracing your tracks to the trailhead.
Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

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Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

by Doug Eastcott (Rocky Mountain Books)

In the good old days the Stoney Indians rode the Kootenay Plains on horses; now you, too can ride the plains. The Kootenay Plains are, or should I say were, a very extensive valley-bottom grassland within the mountains. A large part of the grasslands were flooded following construction of the Bighorn Dam. This route follows a disused logging road from the blue suspension bridge easy to the grasslands on the south side of Abraham Lake.

Before the lake was created and flooded this area, the road crossed the North Saskatchewan on a wooden bridge and passed by the homestead cabins of Tom Wilson and Jim Simpson. During the early years of this century Wilson and Simpson trapped in this country in the winter. Although you can see the highway across the lake, you are still relatively isolated from it. here is a chance to wander about the grasslands and enjoy the mountain scenes extending in every direction. Unless you have arranged for a boat to come across the river and pick you up, you will have to content yourself with the pleasant task of retracing your tracks to the trailhead.

©  Doug Eastcott/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Nordegg
Distance: 34
Elevation Gain: 328 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,265 feet
Top Elevation: 4,593 feet
Local Contacts: Alberta Forest Service Rocky Mountain House 403-845-8272
Local Maps: Whiterabbit Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Kootenay Plains

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