Willow Creek warden cabin

Willow Creek

 North Boundary Trail

Be pre­pared to get your boots wet for this hike to one of the camp­sites on the North Bound­ary Trail. We (Lydia and I) access this route by Rock Lake in the Wilmore Wilder­ness Park. If you take the route from Celes­tine Lake, it takes about 33km, but if you take the route we took, it is only 13km. While dri­ving to Rock Lake we encoun­tered Elk, Goat, Sheep, White­tail Deer and Mule deer.

Rock Lake access
Rock Lake access
Willow Creek
Wil­low Creek

New Bridges

The trail is well marked and beat­en by hors­es. The gen­tle open ter­rain through this val­ley make this trip a walk in the park. Upgrades to the trail was notice­able as we crossed some new­ly built bridges by the Fly-in Trail Crew of 99 (FTC99). The sight of these bridges was def­i­nite­ly a bless­ing to our feet.

Willow Creek foot bridges
Wil­low Creek foot bridges
Willow Creek foot bridges
Wil­low Creek foot bridges

Dur­ing rainy weath­er, you might come across water crest­ing slight­ly over old­er bridges on the far end. But the upgrad­ed bridges are will gen­er­al­ly serve well to keep your feet dry. There is a sec­tion of the creek cross­ing that you can­not avoid get­ting your feet wet, even after attempts to find shal­low chan­nels and pole vault­ing across with no suc­cess! Squish, sloosh, squish …lucky the camp site is not that far.

Willow Creek Headquarters

Arriv­ing at the Wil­low Creek Head­quar­ters (war­den sta­tion) we met up with friends from Jasper. You guessed it, the FTC99 (Sean, Angela, Math­ieu and Pats). They were in for ten days of hard labor. We got to join them for din­ner (a feast I might add) and asked them all about how their tech­niques of con­struct­ing and detail­ing these bridges. All I can say is, HARD WORK. The camp site is about two kilo­me­tres passed this sta­tion.

Our barn abode
Our barn abode
Inside the warden cabin
Inside the war­den cab­in

Since we knew the crew, we got invit­ed to stay and camp out with them. Glad­ly tak­ing them on their offer we enjoyed music, fine food and friends. Vis­i­tors on horse­back passed through to the horse cor­ral at Wil­low Creek camp site.

Willow creek stables
Wil­low creek sta­bles
Horse route
Horse route

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