D4: Three Sisters Pass (Moderate Hike)

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Three Sisters Pass (Moderate Hike)

Distance: 6-7 km (roundtrip)

Elevation gain: 595m (Calgary tower is 191m)

Time: 5 hours

(Don't make plans that depend on it. It's the mountains!)

Difficulty: Moderate, somewhat challenging

Skill level: An average level of fitness with strong legs required

Pace: Moderate-to-slow

(If you are looking for an Olympic decathlon, you are in the wrong trip.)

Hazards: Mountains are dangerous places :)

Trail Conditions: Unknown

Weather Conditions: Unknown

I've been looking for a nice shoulder season hike under 12km; admittedly I stayed too long indoors and prefer to reclaim my mountain legs with shorter but engaging hikes. Three Sisters Pass appears to be a good one for late Spring. If conditions are good, we'll hike along a running stream (which is like a treat in a hot day).

More information could be found below:




During the trip, you are expected to follow the trip organizer(s) and stick with the group. However, the trip organizer(s) are NOT certified mountain guides, but only experienced hikers volunteering and sharing their knowledge. As such, you are responsible for your own safety and equipment.

Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), waterproof hiking boots, trekking poles, windstopping shell layers, food and snacks, at least 2 litres of water, gaiters, headlamp, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits).

Optional Gear: Camera, map and compass, GPS, sunscreen, sonic balaclava, fire starter.

[Do not bring the following]: Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers), cotton layers, dogs and cats, small running packs.

Carpool location: Dalhousie LRT station parking lot, behind CHAPTERS bookstore.

Directions: From Hwy 1, drive to Canmore; follow signs leading to Canmore Nordic Centre. Reset your trip odometer to 0 at the Nordic Centre turnoff. Continue ascending on Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (Hwy 742). Pavement soon ends. After crossing Whiteman's Gap, proceed generally southeast to 11.8km. Park in the small pullout on the west side of the road. It's 1.5km north of the toilets and telephone near the north end of Spray Lakes Reservoir.

Costs: Your 2012 memberships have expired last month. It's time for renewals. The annual cost is still $20 and you can purchase it at the parking lot. Non-club-member (casual day-hiker) fee is $5.

Please also reimburse some gas $$ for your driver.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to the trip. Friday late night cancellations will result in having 'No Show.'



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Keyword: Labrador

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  • Ugur

    It will be a rainy day morrow, but remember that this is a 6km hike. Dont forget to bring your raincoats :)

    May 24, 2013

  • Gizelle E

    Sorry Ugur for bailing out, don't like too much rain on the trails.

    May 24, 2013

  • Fella

    the weather will be bad, have to cancel

    May 24, 2013

  • Elizabeth Maeghan W.

    I'm sorry but work has taken over my day tomorrow :(

    May 24, 2013

  • Liliana C.

    Yes. Rain or shine. Always fun !!

    May 21, 2013

  • Ugur

    Who knows? Part of going to mountains implies getting ready for the unexpected. Will it rain, snow, or shine like crazy? I'll bring my raincoat and Gore-tex boots.

    May 21, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Rain or shine baby. :-)

    May 21, 2013

  • Craig W.

    OK, so what is your take on the weather, it looks like it could be very wet and maybe some mixed precip, if so will we still go??

    May 21, 2013

  • Mike T.

    ok...so it is Labrador...sneaky

    May 16, 2013

    • Ugur

      I love Labrador. It's a fine dog. And a province :)

      May 17, 2013

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  • Ugur
    VP Safety, Organizer 2015, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Liliana C.
    Member 2014
  • Mike T.
    Member 2015
  • A former member

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CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

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