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D4: Cascade Amphitheatre



This is the 1st part of a two day trip!!

Preference will be given to those who sign up for the both days!

Cascade Amphitheatre

Distance: 15.4 km (roundtrip)

Elevation gain: 640 m

Time: 8 hours (including driving + breakfast)

(Don't make plans that depend on it. It's the mountains!)

Difficulty: Moderate Hike

Skill level: For fit hikers

(Not recommended for beginners).

Pace: Moderate

(If you're looking for an Olympic decathlon, you're in the wrong trip).

Safety: Bear and cougar encounters

Trail Conditions: Snowy/Muddy

Weather Conditions: Partially Cloudy

Location: Banff National Park (Bring parking pass!!)

This is the first leg of a two day trip in the Banff/Mt Norquay area.

Day 1 - Cascade Amphitheatre: We are planning on having breakfast at The Husky House in Dead Man's Flat. After breakfast, we'll head up to Mt Norquay ski area parking. The weather and trail conditions are currently unknown but we are expecting a good weekend.

Day 2 - Cory and Edith Passes:

Preference will be given to those who sign up for the both days! Those who wish to do both days should indicate whether or not they wish to stay in Banff overnight (e.g. hotel, camping... TBA)

We'll need drivers. Please indicate in your RSVP comments whether or not you can drive if necessary and how many you can bring in. The current RSVP is limited to 8.

Mandatory Gear

- Sturdy hiking boots -- no runners, casual, approach style shoes or such (We ain't going up for a tap dance).

- Breathable and warm clothing (Windproof, Polartec or Gortex jackets are recommended. Bring your winter clothes! Mountain weather is quite unpredictable, so be prepared for that).

-- No cottons! It is one of the biggest no-go's of all kinds of outdoor activities. If you get wet wearing cotton and the weather is windy, even in 15 C, you might end up getting hypothermia and it has dire consequences.

- Icers/Microspikes

- 2.5 litres of water (minimum).

- Lunch and snacks

- Sunglasses

- Sense of Wonder


- Camera

- Gaiters

- Hat/Cap

- Sunscreen

- Bear Spray

- Hiking Poles

- Extra pair of clothes as you might want to change in the parking space after the trip.

Event Participation

CORA trips start at the trailhead; but as a favour to our participants, we will carpool in town at the specified meetup place (i.e. Dalhousie LRT Station). The event host(s) hold the right to remove you from the trip or add you into the trip from the waiting list depending on transportation readiness, previous hiking experience, and commitment to the CORA events. Don't be surprised, and then go on flaming the event host(s) if you are moved to the 'waiting list' or 'not attending' list. This is nothing personal.

Please be on time in the meetup place, as we won't be waiting for you more than 15 minutes.

If you become unable to attend or change your mind after saying "YES" in the RSVP, please let the organizers know about this 48 hours before the event. If you cancel your RSVP without a 'really juicy story' (involving UFO abductions, bear kidnapping, Metallica concert), I may not take you on my future trips. This is not a dating service; either you are committed or you are not. Be courteous to those waiting to attend. If you don't let me know, I'll record you as 'no show.'

This is a moderate level hike. You will get some challenge in it. Nonetheless, gauge your abilities appropriately before signing up to this trip. The organizers are not here to babysit you. I'll send you home if you come unprepared :)


Not this time.

Directions and Transportation

For drivers: From Calgary, take Hwy 1 and drive to Deadman's Flats (Husky House Restaurant). After breakfast, drive to Mt Norquay ski are parking lot (this area is in Banff National Park, so bring park passes!!).


Members are free. Non-members fee is $5.

If you want to become a member of CORA, the annual fee is $20.

If you are not driving, please contribute some gas $$ money for drivers ($10 give or take).

Trip Waiver and Conditions

You must sign a trip waiver to attend to this event even if you are a paid member. Here is the waiver you are expected to sign:

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.

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See you there!

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  • Cathrine M

    Looked longingly over a Cory today as we hiked up to the pass. Oh well, it will still be there next summer!

    October 14, 2012

  • Cathrine M

    The delicious breakfast at Husky made up for the unglamorous bushwalk to the Ampitheatre. Good company and great conversations. Great to see all of you!

    October 14, 2012

  • Ugur

    This is half-Cascade, mostly an uphill slog below tree line. Not so inspiring but a good exercise nonetheless. The amphitheatre was quite a sight! Wish the weather was more accommodating so that we could've done the real mountain. Next time...

    October 14, 2012

  • Dave M.

    Glad to get out into the mountains again! It's shoulder season again, wet, cool, ugh. I want summer or winter!!

    October 14, 2012

  • Ugur

    Cascade is called off. We are now doing Cascade Amphitheatre on Saturday (Moderate Hike) and Cory and Edith Passes on Sunday (Difficult Hike). There'd be no scrambling this weekend due to weather and trail conditions. If you plan to stay in Banff overnight to do both hikes without returning to Calgary, you'll get the priority.

    Please update your RSVPs accordingly.

    October 11, 2012

  • Carol L.

    Ugur - i`ve been up Cory this year and i think that some of it would be a bit dodgy with some snow .... there are some exposed ledges that might cause some problems .... how about Rundle for Sunday ..... where shall i meet you guys on sunday morning and also i have room for 3 plus gear in my jeep.
    cheers carol

    October 11, 2012

  • Cathrine M

    Maybe we should give the Husky House restaurant a heads up that we're coming... it would suck if they ran out of bacon!

    October 2, 2012

  • Ugur

    Those who signed up for this trip and are interested in staying at Banff overnight and joining us on Mt Cascade, please also sign up for Mt Cascade. If there's no spot, put yourself in the waiting list, we'll move you to the trip (As we mentioned, the first preference for Cascade will be given to you.)

    September 26, 2012

5 went

  • Ugur
    Member, 2015,
    Event Host
  • Dave M.
    Organizer, Member 2015,
    Event Host
  • Cathrine M
    Member 2017
  • Carol
    Member 2013
  • A former member

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