BCP573 Horseshoe Dam
N 51° 07.141 W 115° 02.074
GeoJamie22 and I had planned a day of rock climbing, but when we reached Yamnuska in a downpour, I had to come up with alternate plans in a hurry. I quickly thought of hiking out near Seebe to the Horseshoe Dam, and the plan soon developed.
GeoJamie22 was a little disappointed that she wasn't able to test out her new backpack to the extent she would have if it were full of climbing gear. So, I suggested a simple solution: hike with all your climbing gear! I also had a 10 lb weight in the back of my car, but she didn't seem too keen to carry that around all day! I decided to go with a minimal pack. We parked on the north side of the Bow and got things started.
I wasn't really sure where to go at all, but we quickly figured it out. We simply headed straight and I saw a trail heading in the direction we wanted to go. A quick hello to a friendly hiker and his dogs was the only outside human interaction we would have for the next couple hours.
I must say that the trail along the north side of the Bow is waaay better than I thought it would be! I didn't know there was a trail here! It was very scenic and GeoJamie22 got very excited over all the crocuses showing their beautiful purple flowers. Well, it is the end of April so it's about time for spring to arrive!
Further along the trail I spotted a bald eagle soaring and GeoJamie22 perked up again and got very excited. I was able to snap 2 photos before the majestic bird took off in search of more food. GeoJamie22 mentioned that the encounter is the closest she's ever been to a bald eagle! It was really quite close (except at the top of the tree!).
Further on we checked out some awesome cliffs near the Bow. And somehow we ended up finding a nice trail that took us all the way down to the river itself! The trail disappeared but we continued up the beach to find a nice sandy area right beside the Bow. Wow, what a hidden gem! I'm going to remember this place. We continued on and scouted a line up some cliffs, but figured there must be a better way back from where we came.
And indeed there was a better way! After hiking up a steep forest slope we ended up right on a nice trail. We followed that said trail up on top of the bench and continued all the way to the Horseshoe Dam. What a cool spot! The survey pin was quickly found and we snapped a few photos.
Suddenly the weather started rolling in again and the wind started to pick up. GeoJamie22 wanted to get out of dodge, so we high-tailed it out of there. No sign of the bald eagle on the return trip to the car.
Overall a fantastic spring hike that was MUCH more interesting than I was anticipating! This cap was one of the major incentives to head out on this trail for our Plan B of the day. And it turned out to be a great hike. Thanks for posting this cap!