Loomis Creek, is ride #68 in Doug Eastcott's book "Back Country Biking in the Canadian Rockies".
Most of the trail follows an old but very overgrown logging road.The scenery isn't fantastic as most of the time you are in the trees. About 2km from Loomis Lake the trail becomes steep hence it's best to hike the last 2 km to Loomis Lake. We didn't make it to the lake, note GPS data attached indicates where we stopped.
Editor's Note Aug 2008: Did make it to the lake this weekend. New GPS data attached. And Google Maps has all high-res photos of this area, check out the preview.
The return trip downhill is great fun.
This is good ride for a hot day as it requires 7 creek crossings. The water is cold.
Park at Lineham Creek Picnic area on Highway 40. (About 12km N of the Highwood Junction or 44km South of the Winter Closing Gate at Peter Lougheed Park (which in turn is 50km S of Hiway 1).
Cross road and look for a gated fire road to the North about 100m.
Ford Highwood at KM 1.6, ford Loomis Creek 3.0
Near a dry crossing at km 3.0 stay left, right is trail to Odlum Pond.
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Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Mon Jul 05 00:51:44 UTC 2010
UpsideLoomis Lake is a very nice mountain lake with an emerald color. Also this area is very quiet, a nice relief from the trails by the Kananaskis Lakes DownsideCrossing the Highwood River; plan your trip later in the season
NUMEROUS Mud and Bogs along the whole route; avoid this trail for a few day after and during prolonged rainfall
The views don't open up until the end. CommentThis is a good outing for September as you really want conditions to be dry. The bike ride is fairly easy on an overgrown logging road. Note that the last 2 km have 400 m of elevation gain.
Make certain to do a bike-and-hike trip, or an overnight camp. Doing this as a day hike is not only long (11 hours), walking along the overgrown logging road is mind-numing and feels a LOT longer than it actually is.
Posted By: Park2
- Tue Aug 05 04:06:33 UTC 2008
UpsideUpside.... upside... hmm, gimmie a minute.... Ah yes, it's very quiet out here, hardly anyone on the trail. Ah, and it is picturesque up in the meadows. Downside#1: MUD and BOGS. Do this trail after a dry spell. #2: The lake is 2km (give or take 500m) from where you have to dump your bikes AND 400+m of climbing, some up a very steep trail. And still in the trees so limited views until the end. CommentProbably won't be doing this one any time soon.