Panorama Meadows

We will walk the trail through the Taylor Lake Campground to "visit one of the great ... larch forests in the Rockies" (Patton & Robinson, Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 8th ed., p. 83). We can then explore up the valley for the three tarns, or ascend a nearby ridge for unfolding views of Panorama Valley on one side and Taylor Lake on the other (though that means extra elevation gain and one easy rock step).

Estimated total walking distance is 16 kilometers, on good trail or open ground. Elevation gain to the tarns is estimated at 750 meters.

The planned pace will in any event be unhurried (for reasonably fit hikers), and enjoying a nice lunch break at the Meadows will be considered enough of an accomplishment if time starts to run short. (Note the intended return time to Calgary.)

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  • Alicia

    Running little late, 10 min? Tks[masked] 2196. Alicia

    September 21, 2013

  • Peter

    Summer is finally shaking its warm grip on the area, and the larches are turning (seems late this year). The forecast for Saturday is cooler than what we've become used to, with a risk of showers. Bring warm layers, and rain gear in case we get unlucky. Waterproof boots are useful on the approach to Taylor Lake. Please sign the waiver if you have not done so already. You can find it here with instructions:

    September 19, 2013

  • Leslie J.

    Hey Peter -- it looks like it might be fairly cool on Saturday. In that case, I'd like to take Timber. Is that okay? He will come up in my car and I'll keep him on a leash at all times.

    September 19, 2013

    • Peter

      Timber is welcome to come for sure. I guess this means we will meet you at the Taylor parking lot at about 9:30

      September 19, 2013

    • Leslie J.

      Okay; see you at Taylor Lake parking lot at 9:30. If you decide to do the ridge and a rock step, Timber and I will wait below. (No problem).

      September 19, 2013


    I will need a ride back to Calgary with someone after the hike.

    September 17, 2013

  • Leslie J.

    Hey Peter -- where would you like me to meet you? (since I am in Cochrane). I can meet you at the trailhead rather than at the Petro Can if you prefer.

    September 16, 2013


    For this trip I need a ride from Shouldice parking lot to carpool.

    September 12, 2013

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