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Adventure for Wilderness – Hiking Hussey’s Loop

August 18
South Ghost
with Heinz Unger

This is a full day hike into a more remote area of the Ghost watershed; it is rarely visited except by outfitters and sheep hunters. It is located along the middle section of the South Ghost River, just where the valley starts to narrow. We will pass the old Hussey’s Cabin and some additional cabins built by Brewster’s more recently for hunters and equestrian users.

The hike is rather long (about 18 km and some 400m elevation gain). But the alpine meadows with beautiful wildflowers and the great vistas close to the high mountains make it really worth the effort. We will travel through a great variety of landscapes in a loop hike. Access is via the Transalta Road, a poorly maintained gravel road of 16 km length. The approach to the trailhead continues on a rough track in the North Ghost Valley and includes a river fording which requires good 4×4 vehicles. If you do not have a 4×4 that is ok, we will carpool from the start of the TransAlta Road.

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With rare exception cattle ranchers have been the best of guardians of the land entrusted to them. May we continue to be conscientious caretakers of this precious resource and hand it on to another generation unspoiled.
- Gerald Brewin, Rancher in the Taber area 1929 - 2016
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