The Redwater Sandhills Natural Area has one of the largest sand dune fields in the region. We will find transverse, parabolic and barchan sand dunes. There are jack pine lichen ecosites on dune crests and diverse wetlands, including black spruce tamarack/sphagnum moss muskeg, shrub fens, and occasional open sloughs ringed by cattails, in dune depressions.
This is a multi-use area where hiking and off highway vehicles use is permitted. The off highway vehicles are permitted on designated trails only. We likely may do some off trail hiking so please be prepared to do so. The area is pretty open and easy to do any type of bush wacking.
Be prepared for walking in sand. It's a little harder to walk in than the usual trails we hike.
We will aim to hike ~12 km with a stop for lunch. We will be back in the city by 3:30 pm.
RSVPs open Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 9:00 am.
Rain or shine, we will meet in the parking lot on the south side of the Belvedere LRT Station. Look for a White Mitsubishi Outlander in the Southeast (Section F) corner of the parking lot.
There will be no meeting us at the event because of the difficulty in describing where we're going to be starting the hike. If you wish to go on your own you may do so, but please meet at Belvedere first and we'll all travel together.
Be there for 9:00 am and will be leaving at 9:05 am sharp.
There is a recommended carpool fee of $8 to be paid to the driver.
The Redwater Sandhills Natural Area is approximately 1.25 hours north of Edmonton directly east of Redwater near the North Saskatchewan River.
WHAT TO BRING
Appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch, and at least 2 litres of water.
Dogs and children are not permitted.
HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK
The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.