Let's watch the slightly-closer-than-usual full moon rise over prairie badlands. Moonrise is at 9pm, but we'll get there about 7:15 and spend some time exploring the canyon (it's a maze of unofficial trails). Then we'll make our way back to the west side of the canyon and find a good spot to watch the "supermoon" rise.
Beginners welcome. Remember "hiking" means uneven footing and clambering up and over things. HEADLAMP/FLASHLIGHT required.
Maximum group size of 10
I update RSVPs in the evenings. PLEASE READ below for more RSVP info so that I don't have to re-type it three times in the comments...
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. If you have concerns about your ability to do the trip, ask me before you pay.
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)
Difficulty Rating: Hike 1 (click here for Difficulty Ratings PDF - page 2)
Elevation gain: Canyon depth is 60m, we'll do a bit of up-and-down
Distance: 6km? Depends how far we explore and how often we stop for photos
Estimated return: We will likely have exhausted the excitement of the rising moon and fumbled our way out by 9:30-9:45. Return driving time to Country Hills is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Dogs: OK if you are driving your dog and the dog is leashed. NOTE: expect cacti and burrs. Please pack out poop.
Even though a ridge of high pressure has set in that is supposed to keep the crazy thunderstorms away for a while, come prepared for all weather. We might get a bit of drizzle, and it could cool off significantly after sunset.
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.
I'm a volunteer sharing my experience, not a guide! Research the area (there is no particular trail) to get an idea of what it looks like. I've been to this spot before but the canyon is a maze so there may be a bit of route-finding.
* HEADLAMP or FLASHLIGHT (absolutely mandatory)
* Hiking boots
* Shell jacket
* Warm hat and gloves
* First aid kit
* Hiking poles
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: North out of Calgary on Hwy 2, west on Hwy 566, north and then west on Hwy 9. Horseshoe Canyon is on the north side of the highway and is well signed from the highway.
CLICK HERE TO SEE A DRIVING MAP.
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 just before the trip.