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D4 Hike: Piggy Plus Col & Bluffs!

  • Jul 20, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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I haven't done this one but it looks pretty sweet. This unofficial, unmaintained trail starts at the Burstall Pass trail then dekes up a side valley to a col (gap) overlooking the French and Robertson glaciers. We'll also traverse to a viewpoint north of Piggy Plus for more views in that direction.

Maximum group size of 10

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 (blue "Pay online" button in left column. For drop-in, change the "Amount" field to $5). CORA rules mandate that I keep folks on the waiting list until they've paid their fee. Post a comment saying that you've paid to let me know. 

For planning and safety reasons, I like to know who's coming and your general level of experience, so no guests/+1s. Everybody signs up individually. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. (Note: questions may not show up on a smart phone)

The pace will be moderate. Beginners with a good level of fitness welcome.

Difficulty Rating: Hike 4 (click for explanation of Difficulty Ratings PDF -page 2)

Elevation gain: 610 m

Distance: 14 km return

Even though it's supposed to be nice on Sunday, come prepared for all weather. Afternoon pop-up thundershowers are almost a given at this time of year, and you never know when you might have to spend a night out.

I've neve done this trail, so there may be a bit of route-finding. Expect bushwhacking, creek crossings, snow patches, and other fun stuff. A friend did it last year post-flood and reported the trail (such as it is) isn't much affected.

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 she has the final say in matters of safety. CORA also has Rules of Conduct (click) which you agree to by joining.

Research the route. Assume that everyone but you will be kidnapped by a band of yetis (or pigs!), leaving you alone to find your way back to the car. We'll be following this description from Gillean Daffern's blog (minus the part where they got cliffed-out):

Here's a nice set of photos:

Required Equipment:

* Hiking boots (mandatory)

* Shell jacket (mandatory--we're overlooking glaciers and we could get hit by an afternoon thundershower)

* Warm hat and gloves

* Headlamp (just in case!)

* Sunscreen

* Water (absolutely mandatory)

* Food

Optional Equipment:

* Hiking poles

* Camera

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 me ahead of time.

Driving and Directions: Trans-Canada west to Highway 40. Follow the 40 south to Kananaskis Lakes Trail and turn right. In a couple of kilometers, turn right again on the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail. In 22 kilometers turn left into the Burstall day use area.


If you have questions, email me by clicking on my name and clicking the email link in my profile. Note that my cell is for emergency and day-of meeting purposes only, so that's not the best way to contact me until the morning of the trip.

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  • catalin

    Hi Maija, I may squeeze some time, not sure yet, but you closed the RSVP. :( Do you have any more spots?

    July 18, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Catalin, Sorry I did not even see this comment until just now! I'll look for you on future trips!

      July 21, 2014

    • catalin

      OK, no problem.

      July 22, 2014

  • Patricia

    Thanks everyone - was a fantastic day with good conversation, a shared sense of adventure and incredible vistas!

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Kathy

    That was an awesome hike! Thx Maija!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Maija

    Thanks again, everyone, for a wonderful day in the mountains. It was lovely exploring a new trail (or two, if we count the little exploratory bushwhack) with such a great group! Sorry to have gotten the weather forecast wrong though since we sunshine instead of rain!

    July 20, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Maija I have been tyring to change my RSVP to yes for this trip but the site doesnt record my comments or make it possible to make this change. I would like to come SUnday and have been trying to send this message for two days. Maybe I am doing something wrong technically. I cant figure out what the problem is.

    July 18, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Mike, I've switched you to 'yes'. I don't have a smartphone so I don't know if what you encountered might have been a phone issue, but you would have only been able to change your RSVP to "Waiting List" anyway.

      July 18, 2014

    • Mike B.

      Thanks very much Maija - see you tommorrow and have a great day today.

      July 19, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Maija thank you very much for adding me to the list - much appreciated.!

    July 19, 2014

  • Laurie M

    Hello Maija,
    I've just paid the drop in fee.

    July 17, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Would like to join this trip - any space left?

    July 17, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Mike, you've RSVPed as "Not going". If you are still interested in going, change your RSVP to Waiting List and I'll move you to "Going" since you're a 2014 Member. I'll be updating RSVPs again later this evening.

      July 17, 2014

  • Judith

    I'm interested in you have space?

    July 17, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Judith, at this moment, there are 3 spots. Patricia is the only non-member who has made a comment indicating she's paid. Add yourself to the Waiting List and pay $20 or $5 (button on the left) then post a reply to this comment indicating you've paid and I'll move you over (unless all three people on the Waiting List beat you to it--but they should comment here indicating they've paid).

      July 17, 2014

  • Patricia

    I paid via drop in fee (no coffee yet) : 0

    July 17, 2014

  • Maija

    A reminder to everyone on the waiting list: you must pay either membership ($20) or a drop-in ($5) fee using the "Pay online" button in the left margin before I can change your RSVP to "going". Post a comment here to let me know that you have paid. A CORA volunteer updates profiles about once in every 24 hours to reflect payment, but a comment from you will suffice until then.

    July 16, 2014

    • Maija

      I will update RSVPs again tomorrow evening.

      July 16, 2014

  • Patricia

    Could be an amazing day! What time are we due back from the trail?
    Are dogs allowed?

    July 15, 2014

    • Maija

      Hi Patricia, I'm going to say 'no dogs' on this trip. It's not a maintained trail or one that I'm familiar with so it may have dog-unfriendly hazards (and dogs must be leashed in the park by law which can make bush-whacking difficult). Plus it's in a narrow valley where a bear isn't going to have a lot of escape options. As for "due back", I would like to be back in time for dinner, but there are lots of variables with hikes that make hiking times difficult to accurately estimate.

      July 16, 2014

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