Every Saturday (unless otherwise indicated). 9:00am start time. Trailheads noted below, along with any specific trail notes. This is a time to reconnect with each other and with nature, as we explore a trail in or around Edmonton.
General Things To Keep In Mind
Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate footwear, and bring whatever mobility aides you require/prefer. A bottle of water is highly recommended. You walk at your own risk, set your own pace, and choose your finish time. The group usually walks for 1 hour. You do not need to RSVP. Dogs are permitted on leash unless otherwise stated.
Rossdale Park through Louise McKinney to the new LRT bridge.
Please park on 100 street around the old Rossdale Brewery. Here is the Google Maps pin. This out-and-back trail is a combination of packed gravel and paved. We pass the elevator that leads to the funicular (a great detour if the group is into it!), then up through Louise McKinney Park. The new pedestrian bridge should be open to foot traffic as well, which I know lots of folks have been excited to see!
Nellie McClung Park to Queen Elizabeth Park and Walterdale Bridge
We will meet in the parking lot for the Pioneer Cabin. Here is the Google Map pin. This loop trail is combination of paved and packed gravel. There are some steep, long inclines. Lots of photo opportunities in the Indigenous Park and at Walterdale Bridge!
Emily Murphy Park to Hawrelak Park
Emily Murphy has a few parking lots. We will meet in the section closest to the boat launch. Here is the Google Map pin. This flat, out-and-back trail is packed gravel, and winds along the river into Hawrelak Park.
There are two parking lots for this location; please use the one that makes the most sense for you! We will meet at the Blue Bridge. Here is the pin. This is a single track, forest path, with lots of roots and inclines. There is a difficult portion of the trail (as pictured), with a detour available for those who aren’t into it. The trails wind around Blackmud Creek and there is a lot of animal activity this time of year.
Asmo Hanaas Walking Path
Meet in the parking lot across from Riverside Golf Course. Here is the pin. We will be walking North along the river on a packed earth trail. 90% of this trail is single file.
Buena Vista Park
We will meet in the Valley Zoo parking lot. (Click here for the Google pin drop.) We will be walking along the River on a combination of paved and packed earth trails. There is an off-leash dog park near the start of the trail.
Click here for the pin drop. Park along Fraser Way between 147 and 148 Avenue. These trails have not been scouted by NLL recently.
October 9 – Happy Thanksgiving
Heath Road Park
Click here for the Google pin drop. We are headed SW on a combination of packed earth and paved trails. There will be some gentle inclines as we head toward and along the River.
Click here for the Google Pin drop at the main parking lot for the baseball diamonds. These are technically simple, packed earth trails, but have not been scouted by NLL recently.
Elk Island National Park
SPECIAL TIME: Meet in the Astotin Lake Area parking lot at 11:00am for the hike. After our hike, we are having cake at 12:30pm in celebration of Lisa’s 41st birthday. Click here for the Google pin drop. NOTE: There is a fee to enter the park.
The site is 30km from Edmonton. Click here for directions. These are technically simple, packed earth trails that wander through old growth forest, meadows, and wetlands. It is a very special place. There are NO DOGS allowed.
The parking lot is small, and once filled, the site is at capacity. We recommend carpooling if you can!
Meet at 78 Street NW and Jasper Ave. Click here for the Google pin drop. There are a few steeper inclines on this hike (not pictured ;-), but we would still invite all skill levels of hikers to participate!
Fort Edmonton Footbridge
Meet in the main For Edmonton Park parking lot, closest to the park. Click here for directions. Technically simple trails, we follow the packed earth trail along the river to the Bridge, and the paved trail above the park back to the meeting point.
Fort Edmonton Park is open for the summer. Click here for more info, or to buy tickets.
Whitemud Park to Keillor Road
Meet in the “first” parking lot. Click here for directions. There is one long hill, otherwise this trail is considered technically easy. Our turnaround point in the loop is Edmonton’s “End of the World” lookout point.