Monday August 4th 2014
Stoneworks Canyon is a nice afternoon hike when the clouds are low or the weather is too hot. We ventured up the canyon on a hot day. Instead of starting at Johnny’s Trail from the service road between Canmore and Harvie Heights, we parked at the Silvertip Golf Course. The Montane Traverse Trail runs above the course and can be accessed from here. Park by the staff trailers and follow the sign to the Montane Traverse. At the next sign at a staggered four way junction head left or west. Walk through the trees for about 1.3 km passing across the first rumbled creek. At the Stoneworks Creek as shown above you have your first choice of routes. G.Dafferns guide suggests you cross the creek and follow the Johnny’s Trail up the creek until the Y and the head into the creek. This of course was written just before the flood waters of 2013.
I would now suggest the best route is to walk up the creek bed towards a big cairn. How long that will be there depends on the next spring flood. Keep an eye open for small cairns on your right and get out of the creek and follow the creek in the green lush grass and trees. We came back this way and it was way easier than rock hopping.
Distance return 5.2 km Time return 3 hrs Elevation Accumulated gain 310 m Elevation to Summit 167 m Summit height 1732 m