Willmore Wilderness - Sulphur Gates
Sulphur Gates is an amazing junction point of the Sulphur River and the Smoky River. It takes a little bit of effort to reach the parking/staging area .... I knew I wasn't prepared, or fit enought to trully make it into the Willmore -- I had improper gear, no backpacking experience, and no trail guide. But I so wanted a tastes of this marvelous park/preserve. That meant the Sulphur Gates was my destination another worthy diversion in my day.
Take Hwy 40 north out of Grande Cache across the 'blue bridge' (which is sort of blue with a lot of reddish rust right now) and take the first left turn onto a dirt road after the bridge. After getting on the road, you'll see a sign stating you are on the way to Sulphur Gates. Take this road about 7.5km up, and up, and up some more. The campgroud and parking area are at the end of the road.
The path to the left takes you up a short, but steep, path to the Gates. The road to the right, takes you to Eaton Creek Falls (2-3hr round trip hike) and to Kavass Flats (4-5 hr round trip hike). Willmore contains over 750 km of equestrian/hiking trails and is not accessable by motorized vehicles.
When I make it this way again, I'm taking the time to arrange a horseback expedition into this area .... info at the Grande Cache Visitor Center has me excited and intrigued .......
"Gregg Lake, Alberta"
Gregg Lake was not available in the list of locations - so, Hinton's pretty close!
Here was the camping trip to Gregg Lake in William Albert Schwitzer Park, in Alberta, Canada.
Pic's to follow.%f
OK - So, I FORGOT MY CAMERA THIS WEEKEND!!!! :S :S :S
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?
I was in too much of a rush to leave and neglected to grab my camera out of my work bag.
I am waiting on some friends that went along for some photos.
HOWEVER, here's the scoop on Gregg Lake.
OK, so my friend booked three campsites for us at $20 plus the advance registration fee of $6. We decided that only two were needed and six days before the trip, my friend cancelled the third site. She was not reimbursed any of the money! Isn't that terrible?
We also had more friends come out than expected, so, more tents were required. To have another tent setup cost an additional $20! :|
Now, we're up to about $40 per night.
Honestly, the sites were quite nice - although we didn't have much privacy with the next site - so that kinda sucked.
Gregg Lake apparently is quite good for fishing - we were casting off the shore and were unsuccessful. However, there are canoes to rent @ $15/hour or $45/day. Pretty reasonable. There is a store onsite as well for necessities (in case you forget something!) - including ice and ice cream!
The campground was about 25 minutes North of Hinton. We were pretty close to other lakes as well. We drove to Petite Lake and Dunn Lake (its a bit tricky and requires 4X4). Also Berland River. We tried fishing in here. No doubt it's a great river to fish - we needed more time to reach another location on the river. There is a campground here as well - so, if you're looking to fish - you may want to stay right here.
(BTW - Berland is about 30 minutes north of Gregg Lake on Highway 40)
All said and done, the location was quite beautiful - however, I am not sure if I'd go again.
We did stay over the long weekend, so, it was very busy. There was absolutely no site available on Saturday. Every site was in use. There are other campgrounds in the area for less money and closer to fishing spots than this one. However, for families - this is ideal. There were many families there.
Further questions or comments? Please let me know! I have more to say.