New Prospectors Point/ Devonian Trail Hidden Gem Trek - Sat, Aug 21 2021

New Prospectors Point/ Devonian Trail Hidden Gem Trek (8/21/2021)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Prospectors Point, 51013 RGE RD 263, Parkland County
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 21 2021  1:30 PM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 21 2021 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 hrs approx including travel time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Mark G
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

We will meet at 1:30 PM at Parkland County's Prospector Point to do the River Valley Alliance Trails (directions below). This walk will be at a brisk pace of ~5.2 km/hr (an intermediate pace).

The event begins at the parking lot of Prospectors Point (Across the River from the boat launch at Devon), on the North bank of the North Saskatchewan River. **Not on the Devon side** See directions below!
The trails we are doing are accessed to the North of the parking lot, and begin by going up the gravel double-wide trail and following the top of river bank for an immediate amazing view. Then it gets interesting.... (*also see our other amazing events on our homepage calendar!)...

I have classed this hike as "higher intermediate/moderate" because there are some steep sections where the trail rises and descends (including a tough section of switchbacks), which will prove challenging to many of us, but we will prevail! We will hike around 14 km round trip.

We will be on the North side of the bank with lookout views over the Voyager Park across the river, Plus a tour to the trail that leads to the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens (not as far as the Botanic Gardens, just the river valley forest sections).
Bring some snacks, as we'll need them! We will stop at Picnic Tables at the half way point.
Dogs are permitted on this event, but just a reminder (for dogs and humans alike) that this is a longer/tougher hike than other ones we tend to organize!

Please note that proper hiking footwear with good support and grip is essential, as some sections are steep and challenging, especially if underfoot conditions are wet and/or slippery.

Also please note that this is a group hike - therefore "superfast hikers" should be prepared to wait for the group as a whole throughout the whole hike.
If you're not prepared to do this, then this will not be the event for you.

Similarily - "less than superfast hikers" - please find the time to get some training hikes in before this one, so that you are not "caught cold" doing this one!

In summary, this is not an easy hike - there are lots of significant gradients throughout the whole hike and you will get a good workout! However, it is a very scenic area and well worth visiting.

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Required Items to Bring:
  • ESSENTIAL: good clothing and footwear for the conditions.
  • Water
  • Lunch / snacks
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking poles

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:Meet at 1:30 PM at the Prospector's Point across from Devon on the **North bank of the North Saskatchewan River (follow the Google Map directions below).
    To get to Devon's Prospectors Point, follow Hwy 60 south from Edmonton and take the first right turn before the Devon Bridge (north of the bridge) on Township Road 511.
    Take the first left onto Range Road 263, then follow the road down the hill to the river bank as it curves under the bridge onto Township Road 510A.
    We will meet at the parking lot area of Prospectors Point (**you will see that we are across the River from Devon's Voyageur Park).


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