Spencer Creek Hike

Strange florescent green moss in stream  at start of trail

July 18th Friday 2014

Spencer Creek is a hike that starts 4.4 km from the Driftwood turn off on the Spray lakes Road. The trail is not marked but there is a dry creek at that distance.  I found the cairn coming back towards Canmore and just pulled off to the side of the road. The GPS waypoint of the trail head is under “Download  GPS” at the end of the blog. This is also the start if your destination is Mt Lougheed

The trail is now visible leading into the woods and the photo above shows the unusual vegetation at the start. This water is coming out of a spring in the ground and a picture is in the Gallery.

Crossing the washed out creek 1Hr from trail head

Crossing the washed out creek 1Hr from trail head

I could call this one hour creek. That is the time to reach here after following the creek through the trees to this point.

 

How the hike looks after leaving the trees through the smoke haze

How the hike looks after leaving the trees through the smoke haze

The trail is now open to wonder through grass and rocks heading to the valley head.

Working up the creek

Working up the creek

After the grassed area pick your way up the narrow creek.

Nice rock formation and creek

Nice rock formation and creek

Then cross the creek to the left side through the rock pools.

Looking back down to Spray Lks hidden by smoke

Looking back down to Spray Lks hidden by smoke

Smoke haze blocks the view back into Spray Lakes. The creek and valley route can be seen looking back.

At the end of the official hike under Mt Lougheed

At the end of the official hike under Mt Lougheed

This is about as far as you would go unless you want to climb up to see the waterfall and the route up to Mt Lougheed. After checking out the waterfall we stayed high and walked back along the ridge under the castellated rock wall.Then back down to one hour creek.

 

Waterfall from melting snow on Lougheed

Waterfall from melting snow on Lougheed

Looking up at the scree cone on scramble route to Mt Lougheed

Looking up at the scree cone on scramble route to Mt Lougheed

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Spencer Creek Profile

Distance return 8.0 km Time return 5 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 880 m Elevation to Summit 630 m Summit height 2373 m

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  1. […] Little Lougheed Peak is a small outlier between Mt Lougheed and The Wind Tower. The trail head is the same as for the hike up Spencer Creek. Please check out the link for all information on my Spencer Creek Hike post. http://willski.ca/spencer-creek-hike/ […]

  2. […] Mt Lougheed is the tallest mountain at 3109 m, visible from Canmore, and from the highway it looks to difficult to climb. The secret is to go around the back from the Spray Lakes road. Park at the Spencer Creek Trail. Follow the link for a separate description of this hike.http://willski.ca/spencer-creek-hike  […]

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