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D4: Headwall Lakes/The Fortress

  • Aug 24, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • McMahon Stadium



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Description: Dayhike/Scramble

[b][url=]Difficulty Rating (clickable): D3-4[/url]
Distance: +14 kms (roundtrip)
Roundtrip Time: 10 - 11 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)

Driving Time: 4 hours

On Trail time: 6+ hours (my guess)
Elevation gain: 457 m (Calgary Tower is 191m high)

Leaving Calgary, we head to the Chester Lake Parking lot down the Smith-Dorrien Highway. This is where the trail begins.  According to the trail guides this is a beautiful trail that has "blue lakes, waterfalls, meadows and a karst pavement".  We will travel along ski trails and logging roads to the valley. Thus the trip should not be too strenuous. Afterwards we will follow a well used, but sometimes steep, trail to the Upper Lake.  If time permits, and the group is up for it, we may go beyond the Upper Lake to the Fortress.

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  • Ari

    Man, we suck at jumping!

    August 25, 2013

    • Ange

      Hahaha! You're not that bad...I got a good one. I promise!

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • Chris M.

    I had a great time exploring with everyone and it was a pleasure meeting all of you. Thank you for organising the trip Bruce!

    August 25, 2013

  • Ari

    Very nice day! Thanks, Bruce! We should've gone up...... he he we should take more decisions :-P

    August 24, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Apparently I can't say this often enough: PLEASE UPDATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

    August 23, 2013

  • Ange

    Hey Bruce - just to clarify, are we meeting at Dalhousie or at McMahon? The directions currently say both.

    August 23, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      We are meeting at McMahon.

      August 23, 2013

  • Rachel

    Very sorry I can no longer make this trip, have a great day!

    August 22, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    If you are not a 2013 member please update your membership via Paypal. You may become an annual member or a day member. To do the latter you will need to change the amount payed to $5. Really, though, you might as well just pay the annual membership and be done with it.

    August 20, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    "Dave" from Alberta Parks says that the trail is passable. It is not an official/maintained trail so there will probably be a lot of wandering and route finding. There may be some water crossings but it is late in the season for high water. There are, apparently, lots of berries around so we will have to be concerned about bears.

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI, Headwall trail is essentially gone. Headwall creek has rerouted itself all over the place.

    1 · August 19, 2013

8 went

  • Bruce P.
    Organizer, Member 2016, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Sandra +1
    Member 2013
  • catalin
    Guest x 1 (valid)
  • Kurtis
    Organizer, Member 2015, Assistant Organizer
  • Ange
    Member 2014
  • Chris M.
    Member 2015
  • Ari
    Member 2013

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