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Trans Canada to Spruce Coulee Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Quiet, lesser-used trail.


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10.8

Miles

17.3

KM

Point to Point

4,614' 1,406 m

High

4,026' 1,227 m

Low

1,126' 343 m

Up

1,197' 365 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A great hike to see the varied terrain of Cypress Hills.

Need to Know

A portion of Spruce Coulee Trail is closed from the Spruce Coulee Campground to Bull Trout Road. Follow the gravel road to T-intersection, turn left, and follow until the parking area..

Description

The Trans Canada Trail starts at Reesor Lake. Enjoy the views of Battle Creek as you rise up above the lake. Only a few fleeting views of the lake through the trees until you reach the Reesor Lake viewpoint.

Cross the road to continue to Spruce Coulee Campground. This section has rolling hills through trees and meadows a few downed trees in the first few tree sections. Great view of the prairies, farms, and ranches to the north.

The trail is a dirt singletrack.

A steep climb on the gravel road from the Spruce Coulee backcountry hut connects the Trans Canada Trail to Spruce Coulee Trail. This is where the downhills get fun. The trail widens and has roots through some sections. A couple of small bridge crossings in the low lying areas.

Flora & Fauna

Varied terrain, rolling hills, trees, open meadows. Views of Reesor Lake from viewpoint, view of the surrounding prairies.

Cougars are in the area, and the trail passes through grazing lands -- watch for cattle and their patties.

Contacts

Shared By:

Susan Clowe

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Prairie views.
Sep 10, 2019 near Elkwater, AB

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