The avalanche danger rating forecast for Saturday is high above treeline, considerable at treeline and moderate below treeline, so I'm going to switch this trip to Chester Lake and the Elephant Rocks where there's no avalanche risk.
CORA organizers no longer accept cash for memberships or drop ins. You must pay your $20 membership fee or $5 drop-in fee online before this trip. CORA rules mandate that I move non-members to the waiting list until they've paid their membership or drop-in fee online. If this is you, post a comment saying that you've paid to let me know. Group size limit is 12.
To make sure I know who's coming and your general level of experience (I need to know for planning/safety reasons; beginners with a basic level of hiking fitness are most welcome), you can not sign up a guest. Everyone coming must sign up on their own. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. If you don't I'll bump you to "Not Going" and you'll go to the back of the line until you provide all the answers.
I'll probably never have done this trip, so it will be an adventure. Expect bushwhacking, route finding, creek crossing, and a bunch of other fun stuff.
There is a good chance that we could be turned back at any point due to snow, lack of snow, ice, wind, flood damage, zombie marmots and any number of other conditions we encounter. When it comes to safety I'm conservative.
All participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Shared values of this trip include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. The organizer is not a guide, but he has the final say in matters of safety.
Research the route. Assume that everyone but you will be hit in the head by a huge rock while a grizzly and cougar are playing tug-of-war with their bodies, leaving you alone to find your way back to the car.
Distance on trail: 8 km
Elevation gain: 310 m
Time on trail: 4 to 6 hours
Dogs: Invited. I may or may not bring my dog.
• Winter boots (absolutely mandatory; no runners or short-top day hikers)
• Headlamp (just in case!)
• First aid kit
• Rain jacket/shell
• Fleece/warm layer
• Warm hat
• Poles (if you use them)
• Extra gloves
Driving and Directions: Chester Lake parking lot on the Smith-Dorrien Trail (Highway 742) Click here for a driving map.
Costs: Members are free. Non-member fee is $5.
Transport: CORA trips start at the trailhead. We meet at the meeting point in Calgary to make organizing trips easier and help ensure we know who's showing up. Please be on time. You may choose to meet us at the trailhead, but please advise us ahead of time.