The minimum age for this hike is 6. This hike will not be suitable for kids younger than 6.
Jura Creek is a slot canyon that should be ideal for an early spring hike. I was going to save it for later in the summer, but Tanya Koob (see second trip report below) suggested it's better in the winter. It's spring now, so we may get a little wet. How far we get will depend on how much or little snow there is, whether standing pools of water are frozen, etc. For photos and such read the trip reports at:
You must be with a kid to come on this hike. All kids must have an adult with them. My kid's hikes are intended to get kids out with other kids in an effort to trick them into having fun in the mountains. Most trails lead to a place where there's something fun for the kids, like climbing on rocks or building dams. Note the emphasis on fun. If the kids all stop a couple hundred meters from the parking lot and start building dams across a creek for an hour or so, that's as far as we go. Also, expect the kids to get dirty and wet. Extra footwear to change into for the way home is recommended. There's nothing in the wild as ornery as a kid with wet feet in the back seat of a car.
RSVP: Update your RSVP as early as possible, at least 12 hours before the meeting time. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. My cell phone is[masked] .
TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. You must also sign a waiver for your child(ren). Adult participants must have a paid CORA membership, or pay the non-member fee of $5. There is no charge for children.
Distance: About 7 km return
Time on the trail: 4 hours or so. Hope to be back in Calgary by 5 p.m.
Height gain: About 200 meters
Dogs: Dogs are welcome on this trip.
Driving and Directions: Head west on the Trans-Canada. Take exit 114 (the one after the Kananaskis Exit). Follow that to Highway 1A and turn left (west). In about 5.5 km you'll come to a sign at the entrance of the Graymont plant. The sign says "Graymont". Park on the side of the road across from the sign. Click here for a map and driving directions.
Costs: Members are free. Non-member fee is $5. Kids 17-years and under are free.
Transport: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's going to show up. On kid's hikes we don't car pool. Sometimes kids have to make quick exits, which can make car pooling inconvenient. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time.
EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. Dress for Winter/Spring!
Mandatory - sense of humor, lunch and snacks, at least 1-2 litres of water per person, hiking boots or winter boots, winter coat or layers including a shell and warm mid-layer, sunscreen, extra footwear and socks (leave in the car to change into).
Recommended - Spikes/icers/Yaktraks (I'll have my microspikes, but Mack and Michael won't have them)