align-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcamerachatcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-crosscrosseditfacebookglobegoogleimagesinstagramlocation-pinmagnifying-glassmailmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonplusImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartwitteryahoo

D5: Fossil Falls

  • Aug 10, 2013 · 8:00 AM
  • This location is shown only to members


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.

Update your RSVP as early as possible, at least 48 hours before the meeting time. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a "no show".

Car Pooling:
Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants, not your preference to ride.

Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.   If I know you, entertain me with your answers.

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. This will be a difficult trip, so I will be very selective.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event.

The organizer is not a licenced guide. Just a somewhat experienced hiker willing to share his knowledge.

Description: Fossil Falls

The trip is described in Volume 1 of Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Country Trail Guide (4th edition): pp. 193-98.

Fossil Falls are described as the "Premiere" Falls in Kananaskis.  If they live up to the hyperbole, they will be amazing.  The trip begins by walking around the south side of Upper Kananaskis Lake for approximately 5 kilometers.  After reaching the far end of the lake we will follow the trail towards Hidden and Aster Lakes. Aster Lake is the starting point for trips to Northover Ridge. We will probably not get as far as Aster Lake as Fossil Falls are on this side of Aster Lake.  It remains a possible side trip, involving additional elevation gain of approximately 200 m and 2-4 additional kilometers distance, depending upon the group and environmental conditions. Another potential side trip is to Marlborough Tarns, also located nearby.

Difficulty Rating (clickable): D5 Easy Scramble/Difficult Hike

Distance: 20 km return with 450 m (approx) of elevation gain

Escape plan: If weather, especially high water and/or deep snow, doesn't permit travel beyond Hidden Lake that will be our turn around point.

Attendance limits: 12 (Subject to change at my discretion).

Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown

Risks: Snow, Bears, Sun, ROCK Fall, Avalanche slopes, Scree crossings, exposure, possible limited visibility due to weather.

Members are free. Non-members fee is $5. Gas contributions for drivers (see below).

Transport :
CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.



Please dress for the weather: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. No COTTON.

Mandatory - sense of humour, backpack: lunch, dinner and snacks, 2 - 3 litres of water, layers, hiking boots, .

Recommended - camera, gaiters, hiking poles, microspikes, light.

Join or login to comment.

  • Tian W.

    Sorry I caught a cold and cannot go. Have fun!

    August 9, 2013

  • Neda

    Hi, i m in waiting list and as its friday already i have some plans. Could u please remove me from waiting list


    August 9, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Hi everyone. Because K-Country is essentially shut down I have postponed the trip until August. I am hopeful (only slightly) that we may be able to get back there at that time. Stay tuned.

    June 28, 2013

    • Tian W.

      Hi Bruce, is this the one of your favorite that you told me in Yoho?

      July 29, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      Hi Tian. I'm not sure. I think I was talking about Birdwood Traverse. This is a pretty good trip although it has a long approach and some uphill at the end.

      August 8, 2013

  • Emilio S

    Sorry, Bruce I have to work (again)...

    August 7, 2013

  • Tian W.

    I received a email telling me there is one spot. I would love to come.

    August 6, 2013

  • Philip W.

    I have a car and would be happy to drive some people but I am #11 on the waiting list. :(

    August 5, 2013

  • Joni


    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of my last weekends in the Rockies! :( would love to do this! May bring a visiting girlfriend from Montana too

    July 27, 2013

  • Deirdre

    Can't make this weekend

    July 8, 2013

  • Joni

    do you go at a moderate pace? and hike together? I am fit but not a speed junkie

    June 15, 2013

    • Bruce P.

      That's the plan. The trail to Hidden Lake isn't obvious and I don't want the group spread out.

      June 15, 2013

9 went

Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

  • PayPal
  • 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.

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy