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D6: Moderate Scramble adventure. Taylor Lake to Panorama Ridge to Moraine Lake.

  • Sep 22, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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This trip has a section of moderate scrambling. This is a difficult hike in an area with lots of Larch's. I have not done most of this trip so it could be an adventure. This is not the normal way up Panorama Ridge.

Please read the entire write up before signing up.

This trip is in the Lake Louise area. Park pass needed.

There will be a car shuttle, starting at Taylor Lake Trail Head we end at Moraine Lake.

The plan is to place a couple cars at Moraine Lake before the trip. Head back to Taylor Lake parking lot. We hike up the trail to Taylor Lake, then head Northwest into a Larch meadow. We keep heading Northwest to gain Panorama Ridge. This section will require route finding and some moderate scrambling to gain the ridge. I plan on going to the top of the North peak of Panorama Ridge. Head down a scree gully on the west side of Panorama Ridge to Lower Consolation Lake. There is a creek crossing we may have to ford. We follow a trail to Moraine Lake. This is a link to a page that give some details of the route.

Max: 10 (If I don't know you or your abilities, I'll need you to contact me about your previous scrambling experience). Put your name on the wait list please.

You must be a paid CORA member 2013 or pay the $5 one time fee before you go on the trip. Fee's are paid online. See the the link to the left, PAY ONLINE.

Hazards: Bears, weather, rockfall, steep terrain, Bushwhacking, route finding and creek crossing.



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Update your RSVP as early as possible. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. Be courteous to those waiting to attend.[
If you do not let me know, you will be recorded as a [url=]"no show"[/url].

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

Please ensure you complete the questions thoroughly.

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. Hey! It’s my trip.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to participate. I will have the waiver. Your organizer will be your witness. Yearly membership fee is $20 which lasts until the Annual General Meeting . Alternately, you may participate as a non-member for $5 for the day.


Rating: D6 Moderate Scramble

Roundtrip Time: 7-10 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)

High point: 2800M

Height gain: 1,325m (Calgary Tower is 191m high) 1000 M down.

Distance: 16-20 km estimated can't find any real details of route.

This is a moderate scramble. Long day in the mountains, be prepared. An  above average level of fitness is required our pace is moderate. Please be realistic about your abilities. Please gauge your abilities appropriately. Organizers are not here to babysit you. I don’t want to “Waste My Time in the Canadian Rockies.”

Bushwhacking and Off-trail: With many of my trips there is a good likelihood of bushwhacking and off-trail and that naturally means some route-finding. I tend to get off the beaten track and try to avoid “tourist” routes. If you want the tourist route, you’re on the wrong trip. You are warned. Don’t be surprised.

Dogs: Not this time.

Driving and Directions:
To get there we'll meet in the parking lot at Dalhousie Stn. Head  Hwy #1 West to Moraine Lake in Lake Louise. Leave a couple cars there and head back to the Taylor Lake parking lot.

Weather forecast: unknown
Trail conditions: unknown

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

Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!

Mandatory –  CLIMBING HELMET, hiking poles, headlamp, sense of humor, lunch, at least 3-4 litres of water, layers, sturdy boots (unless you’re going shopping, runners or sandals are never appropriate footwear)

Recommended - camera, gaiters, bear spray, creek crossing shoe's.

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  • RobK

    Another amazing day led by legendary DNOX... Let's see... Routefinding (cgy to taylor lake haha Alina :)), unexpected tour thru Cochrane :), black bear sighting, shifting boulderfields the size of trucks, Hannahs deadly new pack, Darcy hanging off a sheer slick rockband, a stone birdlike cairn-crux, Lake CORA (founded by Alina), humid hail, giant larches, packing 6 in the sedan, bison burgers & beer, Sergio's epic photography, multiple recon missions, mushroom studies with Professor Alina... Please stop me anytime! "Boom, Boom, Boom... Everybody say....!!!"

    September 24, 2013

    • Alina


      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    According to my GPS we did about 24 KM and 1300 M of elevation gain. I have never been so happy to have the next day off after a trip. Even with a 6:30 am meetup, I didn't get home till 11:45 PM.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    That was an awesome adventure. Thanks everyone for coming out, I don't think I scared anyone away from my next trip. We couldn't find a safe way to gain the final 200 meters to the ridge. Very steep and slippery! Decided to try going over the East ridge to find the trail that goes around Panorama Ridge only to find a vertical drop. Followed the East ridge and headed back to Taylor Lake parking lot. The Larches were amazing and only saw one other person past Taylor Lake.

    September 23, 2013

  • Alina

    Adventure, challenge, amazing views, larches, rainbow, hail, route finding (calgary-lake louise lol and taylor lake-panorama ridge), crowded carpool, hip-hop music, mushroom picking, cool discussions, hidden lakes (we named one), no shoes policy...yeah, this trip had them all. Thank you Darcy, Hannah, Rob, Sergio and Taras for an awesome day in the mountains.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great and adventurous trip despite we didn't do the traverse. Larches were fantastic.

    September 22, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    One last reminder. Don't forget climbing helmet, gaiters if you have them and or creek crossing shoe's.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    The weather forecast looks a bit cold for tomorrow. A high of 6 and that's not on the mountain top about -4 for the morning. possibility of snow or rain. Bring warm layers, Summer is gone.

    September 21, 2013

  • RobK

    Yeah wtf... the mountains looked white this morning... the front ranges were covered!!!

    September 19, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I recommend bring microspike's. We have some new snow that might still be there.

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great last weekend, with the larches already turning colour. Wandering the meadows was serenity. No one else there, but us !

    September 18, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    I have changed the meetup time to 6:30 am. This way we will not miss getting the cars into Moraine Lake.

    September 18, 2013

  • Maija

    Dang, if I didn't have a family birthday that day, I'd join you! It sounds like a fun adventure.

    September 18, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    We might have to meet at 6:30 am to make sure we get into Moraine Lake before the 9:00 am dead line. I will do more checking this evening.

    September 18, 2013

  • Pierre

    Earlier start?

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Darcy,
    I've just sent you an email about Parks Canada's Moraine Lake bus shuttle that comes into effect for the next 2 weekends. The road will be closed to regular vehicles between 9am and 6pm. More here:

    September 17, 2013

6 went

  • Darcy K.
    Organizer 2016, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • RobK
    Member 2016
  • Sergio
    Member 2015
  • Alina
    Organizer 2015, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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