Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

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Elk Island N. Park

This is the closest national park to Edmonton. When the mountain soaks in, Elk Island offers several trails for exercising. But you also can see bisons that cannot be seen in the Rockies.

Steven Song
 
Amisk Wuche Trail (2012.4.19)
Apr 19, 2012

There is plenty of time after finishing Beaver Pond Trail, so I decided to do another short hike. Th ...more

is trail is a bit different from the others because it takes you into a coniferous forest for a while. And it has lots of up-and-downs. However, it's even shorter, with a loop length of 2.5km.

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Beaver Pond Trail (2012.4.19)
Apr 19, 2012

Final exams are coming so I have to review. Well, maybe 2-3 hours per day will be enough. That way, I decided to do a short hike in Elk Island again. Beaver Pond Trail is only 3.5km long.

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Wood Bison Trail (2012.3.4)
Mar 4, 2012

You don’t have many choices when it’s snowing all the way from Canmore to Jasper, and the avalanche ...more

danger is rated “High”. But I still wanted to go out and do a hike. So we ended up heading to Elk Island National Park again, and do the longest trail, Wood Bison Trail. Due to the recent heavy snowfall, the trail is covered in about 40cm snow, so I snowshoed up the whole 16.5km. Well, it’s not particularly slow, but it’s definitely more physically demanding. I guess snowshoeing uphill and downhill is easier than on flat ground. This trail is definitely your choice if you want to see bisons. We did manage to see 4 groups of bisons.

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Heyburger Trail (2011.12.16)
Dec 16, 2011

During the final exam period, I did a solo hike in Elk Island National Park. There was not much to s ...more

tudy though. Since it was a Thursday, I didn’t see anybody else, nor the bisons. Solo hiking a flat 10km trail with very limited views is indeed boring, but anyway, I completed a trail.

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Astotin Lake (2011.11.26)
Nov 26, 2011

Winter in Elk Island National Park is very different from fall. Astotin Lake is now frozen, so I can ...more

walk to one of the islands without much trouble. Well, in spring, summer, or fall, it is impossible to do that just by walking.

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Astotin Lake (2011.10.8)
Oct 8, 2011

This was my first time hiking with Xiaoyan Yang. The weather was getting cold at this time in the ye ...more

ar. Instead of driving to Banff and bag another peak, we decided to do a day hike in Elk Island National Park, located just half an hour’s drive from Edmonton. This national park was established to protect wild life habitats. The largest animal in this area is bison, which is even larger than grizzly bear. Fortunately enough, we saw several groups of bisons when driving and hiking.
Our first destination is Astotin Lake, the most famous place in Elk Island National Park. We hiked the “Living Waters”, followed by Lakeview Trail. Living Waters is just a 300m boardwalk, while Lakeview Trail is 3.5km long. The lake itself is huge. With the islands, the scenery is similar to the view from BC Ferry on Straight of Georgia near Victoria.

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Tawayik Lake Trail (2011.10.8)
Oct 8, 2011

This trail is actually the major objective of the day. It’s a 16.5km flat loop. Since I’m a crazy mo ...more

untain guy, that is, I alway try to go up, I felt this trail is relatively boring. Tawayik Lake is not as big as Astotin Lake, and we got limited views of this lake, because the water level is so low at this time of the year. But on the good side, we did see lots of bisons on this loop, and we got exercise.

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