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D4 - Nihahi Ridge

  • May 20, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • McMahon Stadium

 

http://www.albertawow.com/hikes/Nihahi_Ridge/Nihahi_Ridge.htm

Description

Start hiking up the Nihahi Ridge trail through a spruce and fir forest. In a short distance you will start to see the surrounding meadows that are covered in wildflowers and spectacular views of the valley below. Work your way up past a cable railed bluff then up the scree slope until you reach the ridge end buttress. At this point you can catch your breath and take in the views.

 

Route Statistics

Difficulty: D4

Distance: 9km

Elevation Gain: 700+m

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Map Reference: 82 J/15


Trail Conditions and Hazards

There may still be some snow sticking around. There is high likely hood of rain on Sunday and may be have isolated showers on Monday, so the trail may be a little bit muddy by the time we get to it.

Note that there is a some exposure on this hike, a vertical 5 meters gully and scree walk.

 

Transportation

CORA trips start at the trailhead, but as a favor to our participants, we will convene at the meeting point and carpool from there.  Please be on time, we won't be waiting more than ten minutes maximum.  If you'd like, you may meet us at the trailhead, but please advise the organizers of this ahead of time.

Please indicate in your RSVP comments if you can drive.  If you cannot, please bring some money to reimburse drivers.

For drivers, to get to the trailhead: Drive south from Bragg Creek on highway #22 and turn west (right) onto highway #66. Continue on highway #66 for 30 kilometers and turn onto the access road for the Little Elbow Recreation Area. Turn and park at the second left turn. There is a sign "Trailhead parking" where you should park.

 

Equipment

Please dress for both the weather and the unexpected - you never know in the mountains.

Bring no cotton clothing!  See here for the reasons why.

Mandatory:

  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof clothing (preferably breathable)
  • Waterproof footwear with good traction
  • Microspikes
  • Backpack
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Minimum 2L of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're not driving, gas money for drivers

Recommended:

  • Camera
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking poles

Participation

The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

Costs

Members are free. Non-members fee is $5.

If you want to become a member of CORA, the annual fee is $20.

If you are not driving, please contribute some gas money $$ for drivers.

Trip Waiver and Conditions

Here is the trip waiver I'll bring that you'll have to sign to attend to this event

http://files.meetup.com/1575023/TRIP%20WAIVER-June2012.pdf

Rules of Conduct (clickable): By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please read them by clicking here.

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  • Mustafa K.

    http://globalnews.ca/news/576622/man-killed-in-motorcycle-crash-near-bragg-creek/

    it was a motorbike driver after all, but not because of speeding

    May 20, 2013

  • Mustafa K.

    it seems I won't be able to go to Wasootch, is there a chance i can come and do Nihahi? I can still drive

    May 20, 2013

    • Becky

      Opps! Forgot to change the phone number when I copied Stephane's description! Sorry Stephane!

      May 20, 2013

    • Mustafa K.

      I just left home, should be there in 10 :), please WAIT !!! I don't have your phone number so i might need few minutes to find the parking space,. my cells[masked]

      May 20, 2013

  • catalin

    I have problems ...

    May 20, 2013

  • Maureen

    Passenger please. Will pay for gas.

    May 18, 2013

    • Maureen

      I just messaged you. Thank you. Lt me know what time for pick up.

      May 19, 2013

    • Aziz M.

      I can pick you up from crowfoot ctrain at 7:30, text me at[masked] to confirm

      May 20, 2013

  • Saras I.

    I don't have a car but if there's extra space i'd love to go.

    May 17, 2013

    • Aziz M.

      Hi

      May 19, 2013

    • Aziz M.

      I will drivs from NW, let me know if u r around, i can give you a ride

      May 19, 2013

  • Mustafa K.

    have to go to another hike that was cancelled today due to Thunderstorms. I am very sorry :(

    May 19, 2013

    • Becky

      Hopefully, we will see you again soon!

      May 19, 2013

    • Shaun M.

      Good afternoon Becky hope you received my email about trip tomor I wont be able to make it im very sick when s your next trip planned thanks shaun

      May 19, 2013

  • Shaun M.

    HI Becky I wont be able to make the trip tomor im very sick when is your next trip shaun

    May 19, 2013

  • Mustafa K.

    sigh I"ll have to cancel, I cancelled a group I'm leading up to Wasootch Ridge due to Thunderstorm warnings, the Warden said its best to stay at home. so my group wants to attempt Wasootch tomorrow. I'll have to go on a CORA hike another day :(. on another note Becky, what would you have done regarding today's weather? I"m curious, I had an hour debate internally, so i did my research and it wasn't in favor of hike, so I called the info center and eventually he had the final call, but would you still go for it?

    May 19, 2013

    • Becky

      I think you made a good call! I tend to do exactly as you did: if I am in doubt, I contact the information centre and trust their judgement. Lightning is scary but that would not be my only concern - in shoulder season there is a higher chance of hypothermia than people realize due to rain/wet conditions and inadequate clothing. I would prefer to keep my group out of storms.

      May 19, 2013

    • Mustafa K.

      that's reassuring !! thanks :) its hard to call off a hike when everyone is expceting to go. but they don't have the experience to understand why you're calling it off, let's call it :peer pressure !!

      May 19, 2013

  • Tony

    If a space opens up, please let me know. Tony

    May 19, 2013

  • Becky

    Hey group!
    The weather is looking ok for tomorrow. We have a 40% chance of showers with about 1mm of rain forecasted. We should be dry most of the trip, but please pack proper waterproof and warm clothing. No cotton or jeans please.
    I have added a few of you off the waiting list who have said they are able to take passengers to ensure that we have enough drivers for the trip. We are now at 14 participants. If you are not planning on attending, please change your rsvp as soon as you know so we are not stuck waiting for you in the parking lot.
    If you are planning to attend as a passenger, please remember to bring some cash to reimburse your driver for gas. If you are not a 2013 member of CORA, you will need to pay $20 for a 2013 membership or $5 as a guest non-member for the day.
    See you tomorrow!
    Becky

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Mustafa K.

    I've been stalking CORA for 2 years, finally first hike with you guys!

    what's the pace like?

    May 17, 2013

    • Becky

      Hi Mustafa, welcome to CORA! I prefer to hike at a moderate pace (about 3-5 km/h depending on terrain) - not too fast, not too slow - but plan for several stops for snacks, lunch and pictures. I like stay slow enough to enjoy my time in the mountains (it's not a race) but maintain a pace that gets us home at a reasonable time too.

      May 18, 2013

    • Mustafa K.

      that seems great, I am usually a slow-moderate hiker, but being steady is my strength :)

      May 18, 2013

  • Denver S.

    This should be fun!

    May 17, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I have wanted to go back and do this one for a few years. Have fun Becky. I will have my forms and money.

    May 17, 2013

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