Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Grooming Report

Pocaterra/Elkwood Area Last
Amos 20-Mar 20-Mar
Braille 19-Mar 19-Mar
Come Along 15-Mar 15-Mar
Lodgepole 19-Mar 19-Mar
Lynx 16-Mar 16-Mar
Meadow - VIC to Lodgepole 19-Mar 19-Mar
Meadow - Vic to Elkwood 13-Mar 13-Mar
Pocaterra 16-Mar 16-Mar
Pocaterra - Lynx to Packers 16-Mar 16-Mar
Pocaterra - PHut to Lynx 16-Mar 16-Mar
Pocaterra Grid 15-Mar 15-Mar
Rolly Road 15-Mar 15-Mar
Rolly Road Grid 16-Mar 16-Mar
Sinclair 19-Mar 19-Mar
Spruce Road 19-Mar 19-Mar
Wheeler 20-Mar 20-Mar
William Watson Lodge Access 19-Mar 19-Mar
Woolley 13-Mar 13-Mar
Boulton/Elk Pass Area Last
Blueberry Hill 14-Apr 14-Apr
Boulton Creek 03-Apr 28-Mar
Elk Pass Trail - N.Hydroline Jct. to Tyrwhitt Jct. 14-Apr 14-Apr
Elk Pass Trail - Trailhead to Hydroline Jct. 14-Apr 14-Apr
Fox Creek 03-Apr 14-Mar
Hydroline Trail 13-Apr 13-Apr
Lookout - North Side 31-Mar 31-Mar
Lookout - South Side 31-Mar 31-Mar
Lower Lake Group Camp 17-Mar 17-Mar
Moraine 03-Apr 14-Mar
Packers 17-Mar 17-Mar
Patterson 13-Apr 13-Apr
Pocaterra - Packers to Tyrwhitt 14-Apr 14-Apr
Tyrwhitt 14-Apr 14-Apr
Upper Lake Connector 30-Mar 30-Mar
Whiskey Jack 31-Mar 31-Mar

Report at 19-Apr, 4:53AM MDT

April 19th: Grooming took place at Mt Shark on Thursday night. If conditions allow for it, grooming will resume in the south end of PLPP on Friday night.

Due to the intense sun and recent daytime heating, the snow base in PLPP has shrunk dramatically, leaving many thin, icy and bare spots, as well as exposed brush on most of the trails north of Boulton campground. The resulting conditions have deteriorated to the point where grooming on these trails is no longer possible. Conditions on the south-end trails in Peter Lougheed park are still sufficient to provide good results and grooming/tracksetting will continue until conditions/weather dictate otherwise. With the freeze/thaw cycle in progress in PLPP, expect trails that have not been freshly groomed to generally be quite icy in the morning and softening later in the day as temperatures rise. Caution is advised. as high winds have dropped plenty of needles and other tree debris in to the base throughout the winter and as the snow-base melts away, these hazards are surfacing. The annual arrival of the snow-fleas has started so expect the black insects on the tread and starting to accumulate in the bottom of the tracks. NOTE: Bear tracks have now been seen on the south end trails and bears are reported to be active throughout the valley. All trail users should exercise caution and carry bear spray with them.

All trails north of and including Packers, as well as Whiskey Jack, Morraine, Boulton Creek, Upper Lake Connector, and the south side of Lookout are extremely likely to have multiple bare stretches, along with ice or water and exposed brush. Skiing is not recommended on these trails. The base is still reasonable on most of Elk Pass trail, though there are a few thin spots, especially towards the bottom, and some treed areas are quite dirty- there is bare ground on the trail within 10m of the parking lot. Also. the steep hill above Fox Creek is getting some icy patches and some small rocks may be present on the trail in this area, as well as in a few other places. The sun exposed spots at the south end of Tyrwhitt are holding up well, but there is exposed brush and some thin spots throughout, particularly at the north end, and the trackset was lifted in a few places due to brush or thin spots. Fox Creek was groomed only on April 3rd, for the last time this season and the tread is uneven, and icy, and roots/brush are exposed in places. Use caution as the base is quite thin with icy sections and bare spots are developing. Note: Winter biking is not permitted on this trail system.

No dogs allowed- Comment last updated: Apr-19 3AM

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