Stoneworks Canyon Hike

Trail Crossing at Stonworks Creek on Montaine Traverse

Trail Crossing at Stonworks Creek on Montaine Traverse

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.

Jonhnny's Trail runs up from Hwy 1

Jonhnny’s Trail runs up from Hwy 1

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.

Looking down the Creek

Looking down the Creek

Entering the narrow canyon

Entering the narrow canyon

 

 

Stoneworks Canyon at the narrow part

Stoneworks Canyon at the narrow part

 

 

Enclosed part of Canyon

Enclosed part of Canyon

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Distance return 5.2 km Time return 3 hrs  Elevation Accumulated gain 310 m Elevation to Summit 167 m Summit height 1732 m

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