Hike: Burstall Pass

Burstall is a classic, and now is the time to get to it while the snow's gone. According to "Where the Locals Hike in the CDN Rockies," you'll see saber-sharp peaks, peer into the southern reaches of Banff Park, and have more than enough visual stimuli. Be warned, there are a few creek crossings, so bring water sandals or be prepared to de-boot, skip quickly, and maybe bring an extra pair of socks. Or two. Burstall is easily marked, and we may explore the pass area before returning to the way we came.

If there's time and interest, we'll make a double header out of it, hiking over to Chester Lakes and see what all the fuss is about. (+ 9km, + 315 m elevation)

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 or coordinate carpooling accordingly.

Rating: Moderate, D4 (ratings)

Distance: 15 km
Elevation gain: 470 m
Time: 6 - 8 hours (+ driving time)

Additional info:
http://hikingwithbarry.com/2010/05/01/burstall-pass-%E2%80%93-peter-lougheed-provincial-park-%E2%80%93-august-10-2008/

http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Burstall-Pass-Peter-Lougheed-Provincial-Park-near-Kananaskis-AB-1312

http://hikingwithbarry.com/2010/04/20/tryst-lake-and-chester-lake-%E2%80%93-kananaskis-country-%E2%80%93-july-15-2007/

EQUIPMENT:

Hiking boots, water sandals, post-hike sandals, spare socks

Hiking poles

Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers)

Lunch, snacks and water (min. 3 L)

Sun glasses, sunscreen, bug spray

No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!


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.

Take the TransCanada (Hwy 1; 16th Ave) to the Highway 40, for Kananaskis. 50 km south of the TransCanada, turn right (southwest) onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail. At 2.2 km, turn right onto the unpaved Smith-Dorrien / Spray Trail (Hwy 742). 20 km along this, turn left into the Burstall Pass day use area, opposite the Chester Lake trailhead. (Google Maps) This will take over 2 hours to get to, ergo the early start.

WAIVER:
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.

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  • Daniele

    Might be 5 mins late. They've shut down the train

    July 27, 2014

  • Erika

    To figure out carpooling, leave a comment if you're interested in only Burstall, or game for the Chester extension.

    July 21, 2014

  • Erika

    Forecast says sunny with a high of +17oC around Burstall tomorrow. Trail report says to "Expect shin-deep water crossing the Robertson Glacier drainage" so be sure to bring your water sandals and a change of socks. Poles also help get through water areas quicker. See you tomorrow at 9am!

    July 26, 2014

  • Lisa

    Going out of town now for the weekend so unable to attend. Have fun!

    July 23, 2014

    • Erika

      Have a good time, and maybe see you on another hike!

      July 24, 2014

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