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Waterton Wildflower Weekend Hikes - Day 1 of 2

  • Jun 22, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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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

Difficulty: D5

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.


·         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:

o   The Townsite campground can be reserved on-line starting April 5, 2013.

o   Hotels/motels:

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.  




Mandatory Gear

·         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)

·         Microspikes

·         2.5 litres of water

·         First Aid Kit

·         Lunch and snacks



·         Camera

·         Gaiters

·         Sunglasses

·         Sunscreen

·         Hat/Cap

·         Pair of gloves

·         Sunscreen

·         Bear spray

·         Hiking poles

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  • A former member
    A former member

    No flooding in Waterton National Park. Conditions are improving there.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here are the trail conditions for the two trails. Parks canada says that avalanche conditions in the two area are low. Icers/crampons and ice axe recommended.

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    June 19, 2013

  • Neda

    Hi, i was wondering if u can remove me from waiting list. Thanks

    June 14, 2013

    • Meghan

      Hi Neda. I did remove you (on behalf of Katalin) but just FYI, you are able to change your RSVP yourself if you ever want to in the future . You just have to click on the top right of the website (Where it says Your RSVP: Waiting List) and click "Change RSVP" to "Not Attending". This will remove you from the waiting list! : ) Cheers!

      June 14, 2013

    • Katalin

      Thanks Meghan!

      June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those interested in the photography session I recommend that you bring a full length tripod for your camera, lens filters, a cable to down load images, and a blank CD or DVD to store images. After we are finished hiking and shooting we will take one image each and I will show you how to process the image in Lightroom. We will be doing this on the Saturday event, regardless of weather.

    June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just updated to Lightroom 5, so we will have some more editing tools to work with. Remember to bring the camera's USB interface cord to download images to the computer.

      1 · June 14, 2013

  • Meghan

    I have reserved and paid for campsite for Claude, Brian and I for both nights at the Waterton Townsite. Thanks for organizing Katalin!! : )

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Laurie (.

    Will join you for both days

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can only wish!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to go there. If I can join this, I wii go both days.

    March 31, 2013

  • David K.

    I am in for both waterton Akamina is the shizzle! remind me please when this opens

    March 30, 2013

  • patrick

    oooh come on open it up!!!

    March 30, 2013

    • Katalin

      Patrick - the waiting list will become available for this trip tomorrow morning.

      March 30, 2013

8 went

  • Katalin
    Member 2015,
    Event Host
  • Adrian
    Member 2016
  • Claude
    Member 2015
  • Meghan
    Organizer, Member 2016, Assistant Organizer
  • Claudia
    Member 2016
  • Brian
    Member 2015
  • A former member
  • A former member

Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

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  • Cash or check - “Payment must be made before attending your first trip of the year with CORA. Your Membership will be valid until the next AGM.

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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