There is a ladies' hiking group which has graciously allowed me to tag along a couple of times this summer. Thursday the route took us past Bragg Creek to Paddy's Flat campground as our starting point for the Sulpher Springs Trail. It winds through forests and grasslands and offers a couple of excellent views from the ridges.
We encountered wide, rootbound and often muddy tracks well used by mountain bikers, as well as needle carpeted switchbacks.
As we stopped at the high point, we looked west toward Prairie Mountain, north to Moose Mountain and south where grassy meadows unfold and extend down to the sinuous path of the Elbow River.
We joined up with Riverview Trail, a 3.8 km section which parallels the river from a high vantage point.
We descended to the river bank and finished our hike walking alongside the calming ripple.
One of the group was almost lost in reverie - a lovely end to a pleasant day.