The trailhead for this Front Range hike begins at the far end of the bison paddock road on the north edge of Waterton Lakes National Park. Hikers may be treated to sights of woodland lily that often grow on the ascending slope found on the first section of trail. As we gain elevation, Waterton Lakes can be seen to the south. The trail then flattens out into a lovely open grassland valley with spectacular mountain headwall views. After crossing Galwey Creek, the trail continues northward up Horseshoe Basin. At the end of the valley, gentle switchbacks lead to the saddle straddling Horseshoe Basin and Oil Basin. We’ll enjoy open prairie vistas to the east and stunning mountain peaks to the west as we rest here for lunch. (If the creek is still high, water shoes are recommended.) Please ensure you have appropriate hiking clothing and gear, drinking water and lunch/snacks.
Hike Leader – Susan Guerra 403.526.9415 call or text to register and for start/ meeting location
Return trip: approx. 20 km
Time: approx. 6-7 hrs