D3-4: Hailstone Butte or Windy Peak Hills (formerly Headwall Lakes)

  • March 17, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • McMahon Stadium

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Description: Easy to Moderate Snowshoe

[b][url= http://files.meetup.com/1575023/Difficulty%20Ratings.pdf]Difficulty Rating (clickable): D3-4[/url]
Distance: 4 - 11 kms (roundtrip)
Roundtrip Time: 10 - 11 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)

Driving Time: 4 hours

On Trail time: 3 - 6 hours (depending on whether we go to Hailstone Butte or the hills)
Elevation gain: approx. 350 m (Calgary Tower is 191m high)

Leaving Calgary, we head south to Longview where we will gather together again for coffee and a washroom stop.  We will drive south of Longview 28 kms to the junction of Hwys. 22 and 532. At the junction we turn west on to Hwy 532 (aka the Johnson Creek Trail Road) and drive for another 21.3 km.  We will park at the so-called "Hump (the high point on the road) just past a cattle gate and fence. This is where the trail begins. From there we can go to either Hailstone Butte or the Windy Peak Hills.

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  • Bruce P.

    Avalanche ratings for tomorrow are Moderate/Considerable. I am looking for a different destination.

    1 · March 16, 2013

    • Danny

      Good call, see you in the next one

      March 17, 2013

  • Haroon N

    Sorry about the cancellation Bruce. Hope to see you next time.

    March 16, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      No problem. I'm sorry that the avalanche ratings aren't better. The lakes are lovely, but they were closed last summer because of bears and there are some chites to worry about.

      March 16, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      I mean "chutes".

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about avalanches warning?

    March 16, 2013

    • Danny

      @Bruce, appreciate if you can post here about the change of destination TOday so that some of us can make alternate plan

      March 16, 2013

    • Haroon N

      Agreed with Danny. Bruce, if you can update the post today that would be great. Thanks!

      March 16, 2013

  • Haroon N

    I did Burstall pass hike three weeks ago. Snow was pretty deep past the midway, and we had to turn back. Snow was more than knee deep and it was getting really hard to proceed without snow shoes. Has anyone been to Headwall trail lately?

    March 16, 2013

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