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Brown-Lowery Loop
Brown-Lowery Provincial Park, Alberta
October 26, 2020

Brown-Lowery Provincial Park is a small, forested sector near Priddis. Surrounded by farmland, the foothills retreat offers an excellent viewpoint and several wooded trails. The trails are short, but by linking several of them together, Dinah and I created a 7 km perimeter loop. The trails are well maintained, and maps are located at the trail junction making navigation easy. The park asks for a $5 donation per vehicle, well worth, I think, what it has to offer.

We followed Chickadee, Red Willow, Pine Hill, Lookout and Wildrose West trails, although we simply kept left at the intersections. By hiking the loop clockwise, we left the best part of the trip – the two viewpoints – near the end. Both are on a high point on the west side of the park. The east viewpoint offers an exceedingly narrow opening to see the skyscrapers in downtown Calgary 40 km away – an impossible distance to see much of anything – while the west viewpoint provides an expansive view of the faraway mountains.

Brown-Lowery Park is so close to Calgary that we'll likely visit it in the spring or summer. By then the park will take on a refreshingly different look.

KML and GPX Tracks


Starting down the trail


We crossed several small bridges like this one


For the first several hundred metres, Chickadee trail climbs


The aspens here were among the tallest I've seen


One of two ruffed grouse we saw


Every junction had a map


The trail passes a collapsed cabin


We passed a meadow, the only one in the park


After crossing Pothole Creek, we hiked up Red Willow trail


Most of Pine Hill trail follows a cutline


Pine Hill climbs before leveling off


Looking back after the trail levels off


The trail briefly follows alongside a fence


Just before the viewpoint, Lookout trail runs through an aspen grove


There's a restricted view east of the City of Calgary (mouse over for a close-up)


The west viewpoint is a short walk


The view would undoubtedly be better on a clear day


The long ridge in the background is Allsmoke Mountain, while the hill to the right of it with two bare slopes is
Mesa Butte


82J/16 Priddis

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