Hiking with Heidi - Intermediate

Elk Pass Trail...pretty easy really but it is on the long side with a few steep sections up the hydroline and into/out of the creek bed. There may be creek crossings or water along the trail. 

This trail is reported to have been significantly damaged in the flood. We may have to do some route finding and bushwhacking if this is the case. Hence the intermediate designation.

Details:
Length: ~12km rt
Gain ~[masked]m
Time: At our leisure but probably 4-6 hours.

There is a lot to explore here and we could take a few other trails if we have the time/inclination/good weather.


I am heading out to Kananaskis tomorrow.  Please meet at Shouldice on Saturday morning and carpool from there.  As noted above, my father knows the way.  I suggest at least 15$ for carpooling since we are going deeper in to Kananaskis. 


Suggested Clothing & Gear:
Bring appropriate clothing for warm and cold weather – dress in layers.
Hat/Cap
Jacket
Rain Gear
Hiking Boots (NO SNEAKERS)
Sun Screen
Bug Spray
Hiking Poles
Lunch
At least 2L of Water
Snacks
Personal First Aid Kit
Camera/Binoculars
Bear Spray

Click below for more details on Clothing.
http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/about/

This is a hiking trip in the mountains/wilderness. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that:
- you are fully aware of the risks associated with hiking in the mountains/wilderness.
- you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being.
- you are fully prepared with proper gear, food and water, and you are physically fit to do this hike with the group.
- you will not hold me or the organizers of this meetup group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation.

Having said that, we will collectively do our best to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip.

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  • Rachel

    Did you end up needing to bushwhack or detour, or was the trail all fixed up? I see some rough parts in the photos, but not sure if that was a single small isolated section, or a frequent issue.

    September 9, 2013

    • Heidi H.

      There was one major creek crossing and then quite a bit of damage between the descent to the creek and the Patterson junction. A mostly well worn path has been set in so no real bush-whacking was necessary. It is quite navigable.

      September 9, 2013

  • Bruce

    An amazing day, hiking in the mountains. Really enjoyed the exprience, taking photos, meeting new people. Thanks all for making it a day to remember. See you on the trails another time ....

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk in the forest. Enjoyed company of some awesome ppl. Thanks Heidi for organizing this.. oh yes, the strawberries were the best!

    August 31, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Hi everyone! Just a brief update: Mom and Dad took the trail to Blueberry Hill and bushwhacked to the Upper Kananaskis Lake on their way back to the car. They got back at 4:45pm! Safe and sound...thank you for your concern.

    Heidi

    August 31, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Hi everyone! It just rained a little here. Tomorrow is still supposed to be nice and sunny but please make sure you are wearing proper hiking boots as the trail may be a little wet/muddy.

    August 30, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    FYI, if you end up on a wait list for this hike, come anyway. Often we have many people drop out last minute. I may or may not be back online today to move you off the wait list manually.

    August 30, 2013

  • Bruce

    Heidi, I have a friend (Mike) who would like to join us as well.
    We'll see your parents and the group at 8 am Sat at Shouldice arena.
    Thanks.
    -Bruce

    August 29, 2013

    • Heidi H.

      That's great Bruce! The more the merrier on this hike! See you tomorrow :-) HH

      August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am driving. Already have one person in my car. I have room for 1-2 more. Can meet at Crowfoot LRT or Shouldice.

    August 30, 2013

  • Jelena

    Can drive, room for 3

    August 28, 2013

    • Veronica

      Hi Jelena, I would to car pool with you as well, if there is still room. Thanks, Veronica

      August 29, 2013

    • Hesham

      Wated to car pool. Let me know if u still have room.

      August 30, 2013

  • Hesham

    Glade to see you again Heidi, I'm in and need a ride. any one gonna drive and offer me a ride?

    August 27, 2013

    • Heidi H.

      I'm sure you will be able to get a ride. It's looking pretty good right now....for all those who have asked for a ride.

      August 29, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Thanks Tracey! That's great!

    August 29, 2013

  • Tracey F.

    and .. I can take 3 in a pinch. there are 3 seat belts in the back but it can be a bit tight on a long ride. Smaller Acura RDX SUV

    August 29, 2013

  • Tracey F.

    Am driving, room for 2. see you at shoudice

    August 29, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Please note the updates in the hike description....my parents will meet you at Shouldice and drive out. They will have a "nature lovers" sign on the back of their car. They can also car pool up to three passengers. I will meet you all at the trailhead since I will already be in Kananaskis. I hope this helps. Please call or text[masked] if you have any problems or questions.
    Thanks,
    Heidi

    August 29, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Hi everyone, I've just returned to cell service after spending the week at our southern fire base. I will try to get things updated tonight when I get back to calgary. Thank you for your patience. If you can offer to drive please post how many you can take.
    Heidi

    August 29, 2013

  • David

    What is the situation concerning rides. There appears to be a lot of people who need rides(myself included), but very few people in the position to offer them. Whether we meet at Shouldice Arena(a place that I can get to by bus)or at the hiking site, I think a lot of us need to know who can provide transportation to and from the site. Thanks.

    August 29, 2013

  • Lily C.

    Hi, is there any one to ride 2 of us to the hiking area only. Please let me know if someone is available for us.

    August 28, 2013

  • Lily C.

    Hi, I and my husband in need a ride. Please offer us a ride. I live near Market mall.

    August 27, 2013

    • David

      Hi Lily, I haven't had a ride yet. I can get to Shouldice by bus, but I need a ride to the hiking area.

      August 28, 2013

  • David

    I can make it to Shouldice by bus, but I will definitely need a ride getting to Elk Pass.

    August 28, 2013

  • David

    Hi, I also live near Market Mall as well.

    August 28, 2013

  • David

    Hi, I am also a passenger who will require a ride as well.

    August 27, 2013

  • Heidi H.

    Naima! This will be a walk in the park compared to Loder/Door Jamb! It will be great to see you again. How are things going?

    August 19, 2013

    • naima

      Thanks for posting it although it is a long weekend and I may go camping but I am signing up. Everything is good, I recovered almost everything from lost wallet. Thanks for asking.

      August 19, 2013

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