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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Very nice Madkawi, I appreciate the help and we really want to ride it August long weather pending lol. Thanks I will PM you with some more questions soon.
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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Outy Max View Post
    Very nice Madkawi, I appreciate the help and we really want to ride it August long weather pending lol. Thanks I will PM you with some more questions soon.
    A year old post but did you go camping there? I was just there a few nights ago. Did a big loop and crossed the washout with my truck lol. I'd say I was the first guy to do it in a full size truck since I had to pry the barricade over a few inches to get buy.

    I smoothed out the washout with a shovel and pic Spring of 2016 in hopes people would start using it to keep them ftom crossing the river. Looks like it worked. It was 1:00AM and I had a choice to turn back and drive ALL the way back the way I came. ( I just hate turning back) So I walked the washout and could hear rocks trickling down the bank. Cleared a few big rocks out and crossed my fingers. Prepared to roll my truck but 4 low and went slow and it climbed the bank no problem.

    Headed up over the divide n back to town.

    I put on over 200km's from Hinton to Grave Flats and back to town. Picked up any garbage I saw on my travels. Was BLOWN AWAY to see that litterally EVERY random campsite was spotless. NOT just in that area but the ones near Hinton. All the garbage I found was just one camper tire that blew on pr road and a few old drums from the 50's probably.

    Glad to see people are getting it and cleaning up their campsites.

    P.S PR road is like HWY 16 right now.

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    So is the washout now passable with an average, high clearance 4x4? E.G. stock suspension 4runner? Some photos from a few years back made it look pretty dodgy and/or entail crossing the water.

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Ok maybe it was only last year. This is the last photo I saw:

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Has anyone ever camped in the old campground on the grave flats road we have always wanted to .my dad camped in there in the 70s . I've herd the natives have Givin some trouble if ur in there.

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    I've got a pic like that from last year lol

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by gerrit View Post
    Has anyone ever camped in the old campground on the grave flats road we have always wanted to .my dad camped in there in the 70s . I've herd the natives have Givin some trouble if ur in there.
    That old campground is now Alexis Cardinal River Reserve land.

    Here is a link to a map

    http://aep.alberta.ca/recreation-public-use/recreation-on-public-land/public-land-use-zones/documents/CoalBranchPLUZ-SouthMap-Mar2017.pdf

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by gerrit View Post
    Has anyone ever camped in the old campground on the grave flats road we have always wanted to .my dad camped in there in the 70s . I've herd the natives have Givin some trouble if ur in there.
    I've seen people camp in there lots. Not sure how the Natives feel about it? Call Alexis Reserve and see what they say.



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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by WCVanHorne View Post
    So is the washout now passable with an average, high clearance 4x4? E.G. stock suspension 4runner? Some photos from a few years back made it look pretty dodgy and/or entail crossing the water.
    just crossed it with a full size truck. I smoothed the edges out last spring so that people could pass there rather than drive through the creek.
    The quads n sxs's were using it bit last summer and now it's smoothed out dome more but still a bit sketchy. If you're a good off roader and know your roll over limits it may be doable. We did it in a jeep and I just did it in the truck.
    At the Teck trails meeting that wash out was brought up and Many concerned residents of Cadomin want it fix incase there is a forrest fire. With out it they are stuck in Cadomin with no way out.
    Hopefully the mine will step up and send some big rock thereto fill in the wash out. The gov claims it would cost millions of dollers ( rolling eyes now)....

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    Re: Cadomin Areas to Dry Camp

    I was just down in this area for a few nights last summer. I've been going down here for about 6 years now. I'll try and give a few tips for new people coming out.

    1) Camping around the Ruby Creek kiosk can be VERY busy. With this comes the stereotypical douche bags. You can usually spot them from a mile away in their RZR's. I refuse to go down there with my trailer.

    2) Yes the road is still washed out after the Cardinal divide. I think it's about 7km passed it. You can easily get through on an off-road vehicle.

    3) Getting to a good, free, camping spot at a trail head. After Robb on hwy 47 you will come to a Y in the road. To the RIGHT you head towards Cadomin down the gravel road. Now this road sucks, it's never been good in all the time I've been down there. I haul my trailer ~22km down the gravel road and camp. It's the MacKenzie Creek trail head. You can't miss it. Look on your right hand side, you'll see a big cross close to the side of the road. The train tracks are next to the road on the left hand side. This trail will take you allllll the way down to the PR road, ~5km North of the Ruby Creek kiosk. Plan your trip for a 6hr ride, and bring a spare gallon of gas just in case! You will need to ride the PR road North back to camp ~70km.

    4) Riding to Ruby Falls. This is a VERY rough and rocky trip through a riverbed. If you want to ride it, truck your ATV to the kiosk and offload. On your way back try out the Western leg back. It's very challenging. You might get a bit lost and notice the trail is gone. Keep looking and you just might see it down a hill towards a creek. I don't know why we seem to lose the trail whenever we come down that way.

    5) There's a trail head south of Cadomin, through the mining area just South of the graveyard. After you go through the 2nd tunnel you will see a chain link fence that has an area blocked off to your left. There's room for a few vehicles to offload ATV's and head out. I've never been on this trail, but I believe it does head into the MacKenzie Creek trail.

    6) There are lots of random trails around the ~11km mark from the Y in the road around the McLeod river bridge. Forestry cut lines, power line cut lines, etc.

    If you have any other questions, I'll try to answer them!

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