Thursday, April 15, 2010

Red Rock Canyon Parking Lot Closure



This summer the Red Rock Canyon parking lot will be closed. From what I understand the Park will be running shuttles from the townsite up the Canyon. They are doing extensive renovations to the whole area.

You can drive up to the end, but you just can't park there. I believe there is some handicap parking in the lower lot right by the picnic tables next to the creek.

This could be a good time to do some long traverses of the ridges - Tamarack trail to Carthew Summit or Anderson to Blakiston Horeshoe type affairs.

7 Comments:

At 4/27/2010 11:51:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! My partner and I will be in the area for the end of May. We are't good at doing snow at elevation, but have summitted Blakiston, Vimy and Cameron Ridge (got turned back by the cockscombs). Any interesting front range scrambles to recommend for May? Thanks. Ben / Calgary
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At 4/27/2010 01:03:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Ben, I would give Galwey a try. It should be in shape for May. Glendowan is another nice route, but I have a feeling the upper crux section would be snowy.

The hike up Bellevue ridge is surprisingly nice as well. It would be on the order of Vimy's difficulties.

I think both route descriptions are here on the blog in the scrambling sidebar link.

Chris

 
At 4/27/2010 08:58:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips. We will have a couple of hiking days at the end of May, so we hope the weather will cooperate. Just one more request... In looking at nearby options we saw a write-up about the Sweet Grass Hills, just over the Montana border. We had spotted them when driving through to Yellowstone a few years ago. The write up indicates you need to ask the local farmer, and that permission is not always granted. How was your experience on that one... Ben

 
At 4/28/2010 08:58:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Ben, I haven't been to Sweetgrass hills, so I can't comment on that.

Other hikes across the border can be quite nice. I particularly like things up the Teton river. Very nice. Also, Blackleaf Canyon really needs to be seen up close to be appreciated. Those are all just northwest of Choteau.

 
At 5/03/2010 12:28:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Ben

 
At 5/09/2010 09:55:00 PM , Blogger Lauren said...

Hi there. I used to live in Writing-On-Stone PP and looked at those amazing sweet grass hills every day. i didn't go over and climb them, but my understanding is that access is usually through farmer's land and permission is thus needed. also, they are currently a sacred area for Blackfoot/blackfeet folks so more many be hopeful for respect and cautious use!

on another note, i'm living in Waterton right now and, after a few years in Alberta's badlands, haven't actually done much mountain scrambling! Any suggestions for a good peak to head for at this time of year?

hope to meet some of you sometime!

 
At 5/09/2010 09:56:00 PM , Blogger Lauren said...

ps. there is definetly a shuttle (free) running up to Red Rock through the summer. If you have a permit for backcountry hiking you can park up there in the lower parking lot (upper is totally closed). Still a great palce to explore!

 

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