Crowchild Trail & 32 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB
Recover from all the late night partying with an easy hike up the rolling creekbeds, and then back along Powderface Ridge. A great trek while the conditions are still questionable. Only the distance makes it a bit more challenging. Will have to watch the timing as the sunsets at 6pm now-a-days! Provided there are enough drivers, this will be a (short) shuttle trip.
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: 19 km
Elevation gain: 450 m
Time: 5-7 hrs (+ driving time: 1h one way)
• Hiking boots, water sandals, post-hike shoes
• Hiking poles
• Proper clothing (rain jacket/pants/cover for pack, toque, gloves, wool socks)
• Lunch and drinks (water, warm tea, beer, baileys - no bladders!)
• Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen
• Head lamp (shouldn't be necessary; just in case)
• Micro spikes or crampons (optional)
• No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!
Gear can be rented at MEC and 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.
Access Hwy 66 either from Hwy 22X, or the Hwy 22 from Bragg Creek. 22 km west along Hwy 66, you'll encounter Powderface Trail road. At the junction of Hwy. 66 (Elbow Falls Trail) and Powderface Trail (road) is a small parking area on the north side. (Google Maps)
Leave a message in the comments if you'd like to meet up in the south end of town (Somerset-Bridlewood LRT station), rather than the north end.
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.