Snowshoeing .. You bet I did it!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I like to hibernate like a bear in the winter. Only going out for the bare necessities! Work, Kids to school, grocery shopping … starting to see the trend yet? 
So it was this winter that I told myself I would spend more time enjoying the outdoors the same way I do in the summer. I bought some proper winter wear and am learning how to layer properly. 
It was cold here today (-20C), but calm 
which in reality makes it not that bad to be outside. 
My Hiking partner and I decided to try doing our regular hiking loop but with snowshoes, seeing as they were one of the winter items I invested in this year 
 They are on the right way! Looks backwards I know
We learnt how to pace ourselves 
The Sun even came out
Ya we made it! 
Trail coffee with a view
I can totally do winter hiking!
 Now lets see what other places I will explore this winter

First Hike 2015

With the new year comes new Commitments for me. Part of that commitment is making sure I get outside and enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather! I’m not made of sugar even if sometimes I think I am. 
So with this in mind I drag my sloth like body off the couch grab a coffee and start to pack up all the items I wanted to try on the trail today. Christmas was good to me this year for gear. 
I start with fitting the new Pack a The North Face Casimir 36L. I grab a few esstional items needed for the dogs to join me, leash, treats, and water! And them I focus on myself. I pack in MSR Alpine 2 pot set and the Catfood can stove. Look for a bottle that I can use for the fuel, this was harder than one would think..We don’t drink a lot of pop or bottled water around here and decide that I will try re-hydrating a moose meat stew that I dehydrated a couple weeks prior. 
With my gear packed up and the dogs all ready to get out, I put on the boots and head outside! 
I meet up with my Friend Sarah Burns 
over at Stop Nothing but Time and we hit the HMBA trails. 
After a little ways we get to one of my favorite spots, the look out!
 We take a moment to just take it all in
We find a place to have some trail lunch and test out some of the new gear! 
Moose meat stew
Sam decides that now is a good time to have a break, while the girls, Mya & Tess explore and find sticks to chew on!  
The Old boy
Definitely looking forward to what 2015 has in store

Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 Hoodoo Trail, Hinton Alberta

Why have I not taken advantage of this place before? On a whim I decide that today is the day to get off the couch and hit the trail. With two preteen girls, a friend and three dogs all loaded into the truck we hit the road for the almost hour long drive to check out the hoodoos along the Wild Scripture Trail
 So what makes me want to do this trail …. the Hoodoos of course! But after further investigation of the map I realize that this trail can offer so much more than just a spectacular view, Which is the plan for another day!
The Lake Trail : takes you along the valley below the hoodoos and is the longest at almost 10 kms with three back country campsites (I have not traveled into any of these locations)
The Hoodoo Trail : takes you along the base of the hoodoos and provides you with great views of  the  hoodoos, but does cut off a portion of the hoodoos themselves.
The Skyline Trail : takes you along the entire ridge of the hoodoos with breathtaking views.

Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 The Hoodoo Trail


I decided that this trip we would hike The Hoodoo Trail it is easy to follow and has been well used. Once we branched off from the Lake Trail onto the Hoodoos Trail the trail continued to be easy to follow but I would suggest long pants or gators as the brush was starting to overgrow in some sections and rubs against your legs. The Hoodoo trail takes you along the base of the hoodoos and is narrow and a bit sandy in some sections which during the wet season can cause for some slippery areas. There were signs that were posted at the “Y” ‘s to allow you to choose which trail you wanted to take, which I really liked.


Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 The Hoodoo Trail
So what did I like most about this Hike?
What wasn’t there to like?
Fresh air, Beautiful views, knowing your in a place that is virtually untouched by humans and best of all quality time with my daughter and niece
 Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 The Hoodoo Trail
 Even the dogs took a moment to relax and enjoy the surroundings. 
 Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 The Hoodoo Trail


 A glimpse of the view advantage from the Skyline trail
Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 The Hoodoo Trail
Everyone is Happy and Tired

Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Part 1 The Hoodoo Trail

I am definitely looking forward to going back here to explore the other trails!
And remember ….
Always be prepared before heading out into the woods.
More information can be found at Alberta Parks

Stay safe and Have fun!!!!

Happy Hiking!

Wild Sculpture Trail ~ Hoodoos

Happy Creek Trail ~ Hinton, AB

Spend the morning with two fabulous and inspirational women, Sarah from Stop Nothing but Time and Jax  with her trusted companion Raya.

I decided to leave my entourage at home!

So what did we tackle …

Happy Creek Trail

This popular local trail is part of the Hinton Mountain  Bike Association (HMBA) Trail system that connects directly to the Beaver Boardwalk.

At close to 6km from the parking lot for the Beaver boardwalk this is a great hike to use for conditioning yourself for the longer more challenging hikes. Which we plan on doing a few times through out the season,
Sign in the Parking Lot
We chose to start the hike at the west trail head, there are two access points within a couple hundred feet of each other.
Liked the distance signage along the way
With no shortage of orange tin trail markers along the trail I never felt like we were heading the wrong directions. Km signs along the route was a nice added touch especially if you are using this as a training trail.
Looks like a nice place to test out our camp stoves for lunch!


As this is primarily a Bike trail please use respect and yield to the bikers as they pass by

Trail Etiquette (taken from HMBA)

  • Respect other trail users, pass with care and yield to pedestrians
  • Leave no trace and pack out any litter
  • Respect wildlife
  • All terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motor bikes are not permitted on singletrack trails
  • Stay on existing trails
  • Dogs are permitted on trails but should be kept under control
  • Avoid muddy trails to prevent trail widening and erosion
  • Respect private land > Ask permission, leave gates as they are found
There are a few well constructed bridges and boardwalks to allow you to cross creeks and swampy areas without getting your feet soaked.
I am truly blessed to be able to live in an area that you can literally leave your house
and hit any number of trails, whether you want to bike, hike, walk or run.I will definitely be using this trail to help me build up my strength and endurance for those bigger, longer hikes that are on my bucket list!

Happy Hiking