Added by James Hueser
Escape the crowds and explore this hidden gem of the Spray Valley.
South of the Driftwood turnoff (approximately 4 km) on Spray/Smith-Dorrien Trail a large creek bed on the east of the road is the beginning of Spencer Creek. The trail is easy enough to find, just have to do a bit of looking.
Once on the trail, you'll basically have no trouble at all. The trail itself rises above the creek until you gain the plateau, but you can also drop down into the creek bed and follow that up if you feel like hopping over boulders.
That's all I'll say about the trail, because there really isn't anything to it. The thing I was surprised about is how much fun I had. I'm usually an elevation junkie, but this was a really relaxing hike in a pretty incredible area. The creek goes in between Mount Lougheed and Mount Sparrowhawk, so you're enclosed by mountains with a carved bedrock creek. It's really neat to experience and you should definitely put it on your list.
Take some time on your way back through the forest to really experience the creek that runs through it. It feels like a dream.
- Hiking boots
- Snacks and water
- Appropriate layers
- Something to pass the time - you'll want to spend as much time as you can at the end, but a nap isn't the worst option either!
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Added by James Hueser
On weekdays I'm a hydrogeologist for a contaminated sites group which involves a ton of fieldwork throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but leaves most of my weekends to get out to (and hopefully on top of) the Rockies. I'm originally from Saskatchewan, so I've become rather obsessed with bagging peaks ever since I moved to Calgary in 2014.Follow
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