If you can't get to the mountains, sometimes you just have to make do.
There is a network of trails near Edmonton called the Waskahegan Trails. Originally intended to tie together a number of existing trails, many of them have fallen into disuse.
One section is at Whitemud Ravine and follows a creek upstream from the North Saskatchewan River. Nice place for a walk, but you have to be careful to know how to handle the places where the trail has collapsed, leaving sheer drops into the stream below.
Rain of Friday night left the trails muddy and slippery, but it cleared up by Saturday morning. 18 people doing about 17 km return. A nice way to spend a fall day.
A bit of bushwhacking here and there...
but generally nice views.
We worked around a few spots where the trail had eroded too closely to the cliff edges...
but actually had to do a bushwhack around one place where the trail had completely vanished. Nice views though, and a nice hike.
Lots of hills and quite a variety of terrain.
Helping people down the muddy hills - poles really come in handy.
and coming back to the TH.
'You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.'