Welcome home Truckin. Sounds like you had a great time. Pictures?
It is "highway" 40 south to Coalspur and then it changes to Forestry Trunk road 734 to Nordegg and points south. Spent 6 years in one of the coal mines south of Hinton. The coal trucks you saw were likely from the newly opened Cheviot Mine which is jointly owned by Fording Coal and Teck Cominco. The whole area has a very interesting history.Truckin' said:It was our second week in Canada before we saw our first Ridge up there. It was a miserably rainy day. We were on a Forestry Trunk Road (40?) heading south out of Hinton toward Nordegg, AB. I got a bare glimpse. It was Amazon Green.
We got splattered repeatedly by gas and coal trucks on that road. By the time we got off that road our Blue was covered with a layer of wet silt and you couldn't tell what color it was. We didn't spend enough time in towns to find a car wash so we were glad when subsequent rainstorms washed most of the mud off. She didn't get a proper washing until we got home. That drove both of us nuts.
Truckin', welcome back and I also look forward to your pictures and more details about your trip since we hope to be up there next August.Truckin' said:We were on a Forestry Trunk Road (40?) heading south out of Hinton toward Nordegg, AB. I got a bare glimpse. It was Amazon Green.
We got splattered repeatedly by gas and coal trucks on that road. By the time we got off that road our Blue was covered with a layer of wet silt and you couldn't tell what color it was.
My intent was not to discourage anyone from taking this road. I must have travelled Hwy 40 south about 3500 times in my years up there (The reason the first 12 km has upgraded pavement is the direct result of a little video I made and sent to the transportation minister!) It is a beautiful area that parallels the foothills of the Rockies and is far more interesting a drive than highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary. Sure the majority of the forestry road gets a little muddy when wet, or dusty when dry, but when you have the opportunity to see bighorn sheep, bears, moose, wolves, coyotes, great horned owls, etc.... then it is worth the drive.RidgeOwner3 said:Also, thanks for this little tid bit (and Skywalker) . We will want to avoid that road!!!
Thanks for the interesting back story about the coal area. It was a deliberate effort on my part in planning this trip to explore and avoid cities. You make me want to drive it again. All the mountains were obscured by the clouds and we didn't see any wildlife on our drive.Skywalker said:You certainly like to take "the road less travelled"! Good on ya!
Please do! I'm printing this discussion now for my trip file. Thanks for all the advice. (From your description of road 40, it sounds great! I was just a little concerned about the "splattered by coal trucks" and "covered in silt" comments, but sounds like that's nothing that can't be washed off without damage to the truck.)Skywalker said:This list could go on and on....
Great list. We only saw a fraction of the places you mentioned. It just means we have to go back.Skywalker said:Ah.. Kananaskis ("meeting of the waters")... one of my favorite places in all of Alberta. Followed closely by Dinosaur Provincial Park (the Badlands) near Brooks, Jasper Park west of Hinton, Willmore Wilderness Park (avoid the trails and hike the ridge tops instead!), Waterton Lakes National Park, Elbow Valley, Sheep River, the Whale back, Icefield Parkway (one of the most scenic drives), Ghost River, Crowsnest, Cypress Hills Provincial Park, best stop there. This list could go on and on....
Truckin' said:The silt layer just made our Ridge look like a silver (Ladyridge) for a while.