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Kananaskis: Sandy McNabb Hills a terrific family hike
Sandy McNabb Hills Hike
Sandy McNabb Hills is a great hike for both beginners and families.

Trail: Sandy McNabb Hills

Difficulty: Beginner

Length: 3.6 km (there and back)

Ascent: 140 metres

Trailhead: Heading west of Turner Valley on Highway 546 turn south at Sandy McNabb Campground and park in the pull-out across from the equestrian campground entrance. Walk the gravel road east toward the equestrian parking/staging area to access the trailhead on the south side of the parking lot.

Description: Walk south and then turn east at the east/west trail intersection. Pass the horse corrals on your left and enter through a closed metal gate. Remember to put the chain back on. Keep heading east until you come to a large brown wooden fence post on the right side of the trail. Head right. The trail will lead you up three open grassy knobs with great mountain views to the west and south. Close to the top of the third knob there’s a beautifully built wooden structure. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, views of the Sheep River Gorge and the many wild flowers on top of the third knob. Return on the same trail and watch for rocks as you descend.

Reminder: Take adequate water, food and clothing in the event of sudden weather changes. Ensure someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back in the event you get lost or injured. Hiking alone is not recommended.

~ Trail recommendation and details provided by Sheep River Ramblers facilitator Joanne Godfrey. To join the Sheep River Ramblers hiking group visit Gita at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley.