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Lantern Creek / Picklejar Lake Trail
August 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
While a bit remote, the Lantern Creek Trail is the “official” route to the Picklejar Lakes, a very popular fishing lake that’s also popular with backcountry campers. At this time, random camping is permitted in the area, but an official campground has been proposed to reduce impact on the high alpine terrain.
The trail is also used by horses, and between that and it’s “evolutionary” creation (it’s just an informal route that has come into use over time, and was never planned), there are several sections desperately in need of help. Parks crews from the Peter Lougheed District are working on sectional re-routes of the trail (including improving a very steep section near the lakes).
Friends volunteers are helping hand-build a new portion of the trail in two forested sections that are about 3 km out (and 250 m up) from the parking lot. These are bypasses around poorly drained sections of trail that are in miserable shape. When done, it will become a hiking-only trail (horses will be directed to the lakes via another route), so is much narrower than other machine-built, multi-purpose trails we’ve been working on in places like Tom Snow.
Lantern Creek / Picklejar Lake Trail – August 4
Meeting time: 9:00am (9am – 4 pm)
Meeting location: Lantern Creek Day Use
Number of people: 10/day
What to expect: There will be a 20 to 60 minute hike to the locations that need to be worked on (a little further if a lot of work gets done). The level of effort will be moderate/medium and include rerouting and rebuilding some sections of trail – mostly pulaski and rogue work, with some removal of dead fall and maybe a few rocks to be moved.
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