Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fundy National Park

I was recently on vacation in New Brunswick, Canada.  Since I already have a park pass, I decided to drop into Fundy National Park to check it out as it's been at least 10 years since I was last there.

The park is relatively small, at least in comparison to those in the rockies.  It has 3 campgrounds, two of which have many accommodations, with the other more rustic.

 I decided to do a short hike while there as well and picked the Mathews Head loop near the water.

I wouldn't categorize it as an easy trail but perhaps moderate since there are a few steep climbs up the costal cliffs.  The senery is very nice as you get some beutaful views from the water facing cliffs along the trail.

As usual here is the track and elevation profile from the hike.

Here are some pictures from the hike.  It was fairly foggy when we were hiking but you can be assured the views are very impressive once it clears.

If anyone wants GPS coordinates from the area please leave a comment and i'll get them over to you.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bald Hills Hiking Trail in Jasper, Alberta

This weekend I made a quick two day trip to Jasper to do some hiking.  Since Bald Hills was high on my to do list, I decided to do it on Friday.

This trail leaves from the second parking lot at Maligne Lake (just past the bridge) with a clearly labeled tail kiosk present.
The trail is clearly marked and very easy to follow the whole way up to the lookout. At times it can be a little demanding due to the steady incline and somewhat steep sections, however it is well worth the effort.  Part way up the old fire road you can branch off on a shortcut route which is steeper but takes some distance off your hike.  I decided to take the longer, but slightly easier route.  Past the Lookout you can follow a well established trail almost straight up to the peak. Conditions were excellent all day, making for astonishing views from the summit.  I would highly recommend doing this hike so long as you are reasonably fit.

Here is a map with the tracks from my GPS. As previously noted, on the way up and down the trail I opted not to take the shortcut route, so this map reflects that fact.

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This is the elevation Gain. The start of this graph is from just past the trail head, and ends down near the first parking lot at the lake.  Total elevation gain to the summit is around 610 meters.
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