forestry trunk road is a scenic gravel road, which follows the
Eastern Slopes of the Rockies all the way from the Crowsnest
Pass in the South to beyond Hinton in the North. Seemingly endless
forests, meadows and mountain vistas are well worth a detour
on parts of this road. It is only recommended in dry conditions.
Note that many car rental companies do not permit driving on
unpaved roads such as this and that there are no facilities
along the way.
spectacular waterfalls are found in the Eastern Slopes and the
South Ram Falls are among the best known and readily accessible.
extensive foothills forests found in this region are vital to
the water and climate management of the prairie provinces, storing
enormous amounts of water and moderating the dry climate. Excessive
logging and oil & gas exploration in the region are rapidly
destroying this habitat and leading to ever more frequent and
more severe drought and flooding in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The Ram River is one of the most challenging rafting rivers
but also considered among the best fly-fishing rivers in Alberta.
South of Ram Falls, Hwy 752 leads into Rocky
Mountain House, making this a full day circular tour, returning
along Hwy 11 to Nordegg.