Diamond T Loop And Lyon Mountain (Wintergreen)
Hoping to just get some fresh air despite a
lousy weather forecast, Aga Sokolowska, Marta Wojnarowska, Zosia Zgolak
and I headed to Station Flats in the Elbow Valley region of Alberta's
Kananaskis Country on 23 April 2017 to hike Diamond T Loop. The
hike is described in Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide,
and we decided to do it in a counter-clockwise fashion. Despite wet
and muddy trail conditions and a general lack of views throughout the
loop, the snow-clad trees and pleasant company still made for a very
When we returned to our cars, the weather seemed to improve,
and at the last minute, we decided to go for a second hike at the
now-defunct Wintergreen ski resort near Bragg Creek. Zosia and
I had previously considered bringing our AT gear to ski here, but for one
reason or another, that plan never came to fruition. If we could
not ski the old resort, we were at least determined to hike it. It
is worth noting that there are
plans in place to redevelop the land for mostly residential purposes.
Parking just outside the gate to the Wintergreen Golf & Country Club, we
walked up the open hillside west of the golf course and generally
gravitated toward any remnants of the ski resort that we could find.
While most of the resort's chairlifts are now long gone, the Wildcat Quad
Chair near the north side of the resort was still there, and we spent
some time checking out the ruins of the upper chairlift station.
From there, we hiked up to the high point of the ski resort which at one
time was known as "Lyon Mountain" in reference to its founder, Robert
Lyon. After enjoying the surprisingly pleasant views, we descended
the ski hill and returned to our cars without incident.
||Despite the lack of views throughout
the Diamond T Loop, the snow-clad trees are quite scenic in
||Zosia is looking pretty formidable
with that snowball in her hand.
||Aga and Marta reach the top of a
tree-covered knoll (GR609406; 1528 metres) encircled by Diamond T
Marta, Aga and Zosia continue hiking uphill.
Wintergreen Golf & Country Club is visible at left.
||The Polish girls take a break at the
top of "Lyon Mountain" (1493 metres).
||Here is a summit selfie
with Sonny, Zosia, Aga and Marta.
||Aga and Marta descend the
easy ski run known as "Whitetail".