While the Athabasca is the most well-known of the rivers within city limits, there are 4 others as well. The Clearwater and The Snye have been mentioned a few times on this blog and the Horse River I hiked along last summer. That leaves one remaining river I had not explored...until today...the Hangingstone. My appetite for adventure had been whetted in recent days having seen posts from a couple of local bloggers who had recently visited this area -- Middle Age Bulge, who had explored the Horse River valley behind Abasand and Two Loonies and a Penny who had a couple photos up on their blog of the Hangingstone River. From looking at their blog, this is an area they go to frequently (or at least much more frequently than me) so I was both a tad envious and rearing to check it out for myself.
The river begins at a small lake roughly 40km (29 miles) south of town as the crow flies and meanders north toward town. It cuts between Beacon Hill and Abasand where it almost connects into the Horse River. The two rivers come to within a half kilometer of each other at their closest points. The river then veers to the west and feeds into the Clearwater down at Waterways.
The river has been known as the Hangingstone since at least as far back as 1912. The name comes from a prominent rock face hanging out over the edge of the river bank.
...And so this morning I hopped a bus across town and headed out.
One of my first glimpses of the Hangingstone.
...and I'm glad I can't because frankly, I can't wait to get back there and explore some more.