Snowshoe Moose Meadows to the Ink Pots - Intermediate

This trail climbs gradually up from the parking lot with a little steeper climb close to the top.  We come out on the level at the ink pots where the views are great.  The ink pots are small thermal pools that are open year round and in the summer are quite colorful.  The distance on this trip is 12 km with an elevation gain of 215m and there is no avalanche risk on this trail.  This is not for first time beginners due to the distance and elevation gain.  For this snowshoe trip you will need a park pass, however some of the group have group park passes so we may have enough for all the carpooling cars but please be prepared to chip in and pay your share of a group day pass if needed.  Adult Trip, No Pets Please.

You will need a lunch and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks. A small thermos with a hot drink for lunch is nice but optional. Large heavy coats will be too hot for climbing hills and overheating causes energy loss. I suggest you dress in layers and NO COTTON. Make sure you have room in your pack to store your coat if you need to take it off for awhile because you are overheating and remember to bring an extra pair of warm dry mitts to put on after lunch. We will snowshoe at a leisurely pace with little stops to catch our breath so everyone enjoys the day and so we can admire the view and take pictures.

ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.We will meet at Shouldice Arena Parking lot at the corner by 16th Ave, there will be a carpooling fee of $18 per person paid to your driver, please have correct change. For those who don't mind taking their car and some passengers please indicate as a comment when you RSVP. This will be a full day trip with us arriving back at Shouldice late afternoon. We will leave within 5 minutes of the posted meeting time, please come 10 minutes early. If you have a problem and need to let me know you are on your way my phone is[masked], if texting please put your name in the text.

By registering for this hike, you signify that you're aware of the risks associated with nature hiking and are aware of your physical limits and how they relate to this particular event. You also signify that you take full responsibility for your safety (although we’ll all do our best to ensure that everyone returns safe and sound) and don’t hold the organizer of the hike or the organizers of this group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation.`

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  • Ruth F.

    Thanks Sharon, as always, for leading a great hike! Beautiful day! Great to see old friends and meet new ones as well! Thanks to all!

    January 27, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    The sun came out half way up the trail and made this a beautiful day. Thanks everyone for making this a great trip!

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Diane H.

    Loved, loved, loved this trail!

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Cheryl H.

    I am sicker than a dog and won't be making it to this hike...just letting the people on the wait list know :(

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey i have a one park pass available!

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a park pass available as well.

    January 25, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      Great, I have 2 passes so we are in good shape

      January 25, 2014

  • Terry D.

    Thanks Dean for the pass, Sharon I will bring it on Sunday, is there room for me to go in a vehicle? Is anyone leaving from the south end of Calgary?

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      I will be setting up carpooling from Shouldice so yes you you will have a ride so long as you get to Shouldice

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    Hey Everyone, Dean has offered us... Nancy, his park pass but we need to meet him to get it. He drives ctrain in the south mostly.... Anderson, Cranston etc is there someone in the area that can meet him to pick it up. I live in the far NE so no where near???

    January 21, 2014

    • Terry D.

      Okay see you tonite thanks Dean

      January 22, 2014

    • Nancy

      thanks so much for picking up the pass Terry. Thanks to Dean and Sharon also.

      1 · January 23, 2014

  • Moca J.

    I do recall this snowshoe in 2013. - 31 C (Yes !) at the trailhead that morning ending a up at, like, + 2C at the Inkpots in the afternoon. Great Day ! Have Fun !!

    2 · January 20, 2014

  • Terry D.

    Is anyone one driving from Somerset area? I will need a ride.

    January 20, 2014

  • Nancy

    Might need a ride, weather dependent

    January 20, 2014

  • David R.

    Happy to drive if needed.

    January 20, 2014

  • Dean H

    I have a park pass to give away. It expires Jan 31st. Txt me at[masked]

    January 20, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      Thanks Dean, hopefully someone will take you up on your pass, if not let me know and I will arrange to pick it up for one of the cars...Cheers!

      January 20, 2014

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