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)
Hiking boots, water sandals, post-hike sandals, spare socks
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.
You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have these for you.