A fantastic early season trail, meandering along Lake Minnewanka lakeshore before ascending a bunch to the lookout point. Too easy? Grab a heavy backpack and train your legs for some backpacking weekends! The views are pretty good, and with the forecast, it should be mostly snow-free.
A good level of fitness is required as the pace is moderate to fast. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.
Rating: Difficult (D5)
Distance: 23.4 km return
Elevation gain: 570 m
Time: 7-8 hours (+ driving time: 1.25h one way)
Weather forecast: TBD
Trail conditions: TBD - Be prepared for ticks!
- Hiking boots (mandatory)
- Hiking poles, bear spray
- Crampons or microspikes (in case of icy patches)
- Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, toque, gloves/mitts, gaiters)
- Lunch and warm drinks (tea)
- Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen
- No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
- National Park Pass (if you have one)
Equipment can be rented at either Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) or UofC Outdoor Center.
DRIVING AND DIRECTIONS:
We will meet at the in-Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.
From the TransCanada (#1), drive past Canmore. Take the first exit for Banff townsite, turning right (north) towards Lake Minnewanka. Stay left, all the way to the end gate and boat launch (approx. 4 km from Hwy 1).
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.