Waterton Wildflower Weekend Hikes – Day 1 of 2
This is a 2-day event and as such, preference will be given to those who sign up for both days.
You will be responsible for organizing your accommodation and transportation.
This trip has a manual wait list.
Day 1 of 2 – D5: Carthew-Alderson Trail – Waterton Lakes NP
When: June 22, 2013
Who: 8 people
Distance: 20 km (shuttle will be required)
Elevation gain: 650 m
Time: 6-8 hours
Safety: Bear and cougar encounters; snowy/icy sections; strong winds
Trail Conditions: Snowy/Muddy
Carthew-Alderson is one of the most beautiful hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. This trail winds through the montane, sub-alpine, and alpine zones. From Carthew Summit look east over the peaks to the prairies, and south into Glacier National Park, Montana. We will start the hike at Cameron Lake and finish in the Townsite Cameron Falls. The trail starts out with a grueling ascent, switch-backing relentlessly above Cameron Lake.
The Carthew Summit is known to be very windy and the way down is on steep slope of scree with possibility of snow so please be prepared. This time of the year is the prime season for wild-flowers and there will be plenty of photo opportunity.
It is your responsibility to make sure you have acquired all necessary equipment, clothing, and food for this trip. All outdoor activities involve a certain degree of risk, so it is up to you to be prepared, self-reliant, responsible, cautious, and aware of surrounding hazards. As well, mountain weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for unforeseen changes. For safety reasons, if you show up for this event unprepared or with inappropriate clothing and or gear you will not be permitted to continue on the trip. Read mandatory gear list below for further details.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON EVENT PARTICIPATION:
· Preference will be given to those who can attend both days;
· You will be responsible for arranging your accommodation and transportation to Waterton. National park passes are required. Here are some suggestion on accommodation:
o This will be already high-season in Waterton hence accommodations are filling up fast with many of them already sold out. As such, I recommend that you make arrangements for your accommodation as soon as possible.
o Camping: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/waterton/visit/visit5.aspx
o The Townsite campground can be reserved on-line starting April 5, 2013.
o Hotels/motels: http://www.mywaterton.ca/where-to-stay.cfm
o There are still some hotels/motels available in Waterton and vicinity but you may have to contact them directly.
o I will be driving down after work on Friday and staying at the Bear Mountain Motel – they still had availability last week.
· Everyone will be automatically moved to the waitlist. Potential participants will have until April 30, 2013 to provide me with details of their accommodation and transportation arrangements. Once I have been provided with details of such arrangements, participants will be moved to the attendee list. Provided that there are still spots left after April 30, 2013, I may add participants who can only attend one of the two days provided that they have good attendance record and arrange for their own transportation – note: the drive from Calgary is approx. 3 hours and we will leave Waterton at 7:45AM promptly.
· You may work with other people on the waitlist to work out accommodation and car-pooling.
· If we have enough number of cars, we will arrange our own car shuttle to the trailhead. Otherwise, we will be leveraging the 8:00AM Cameron Express Shuttle.
PLEASE READ CORA RULES OF CONDUCT
· Sturdy hiking boots – no runners, casual approach style shoes
· Breathable and warm clothing – carry extra warm clothes as it can get cold at the summit
· Absolutely no cotton (that includes jeans)
· 2.5 litres of water
· First Aid Kit
· Lunch and snacks
· Pair of gloves
· Bear spray
· Hiking poles