Hike! Barrier Lookout and McConnell Ridge

Trail:  Barrier Lookout

Location: Barrier Lake Day Use Area

Distance: ~15km return (4-6 hours plus travel time)

Elevation: ~600+m

Difficulty: I'm going to say mostly easy up to the prairieview lookout and the firelookout.  I've never returned via McConnell Ridge before.  We will be moving at a moderate pace and a good level of fitness is required to commit to the entire event.  

We will meet at the Sirocco Park and Ride to sort out carpools and directions. I plan on leaving the park and ride by 8:30 AM.  We will go ahead with those in attendance at that time.

Make sure you dress for the weather and are adequately prepared!  Sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, warm jacket/rain jacket and other layers, toque, etc.   Please bring the snacks you desire and plenty of water to drink.  Please be courteous and bring money to share in the cost of fuel for the carpool ($10 Min.) and bring a plastic bag to put your boots in after we finished.

This Meetup is weather dependent and will be cancelled if the weather is unfavourable.  We will also need some drivers for the carpool.  

*Disclaimer:  You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.




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  • Marie G.

    Meeting point quite far for me, but not too bad!

    1 · June 15

  • Atash

    It was a great hike with great bunch of people.

    3 · June 14

  • pamela D.

    friends shown up from out of town so looking forward to going soon!

    June 13

  • Brian

    Make sure you bring your rain gear tomorrow as there may be some showers.

    June 13

  • Brian

    I will have to switch this to a dog-friendly hike. I got my dates mixed up with my girlfriend and as such my dog will have to join me for the day and Heart isn't overly dog-friendly. I will be updating the event tomorrow or tuesday to one of the following (not sure yet): -East End of Rundle -Windtower -Barrier Lookout/Jewell Pass Circuit -Sparrowhawk Tarns If based on the change, you are no longer interested in any of the possibilities listed above please update your RSVPs! Cheers, Brian

    June 9

  • Simon

    FYI we did the horseshoe up there yesterday and there is a substantial amount of snow

    April 28

    • Pavneet

      Hopefully it'll melt during the week :-)

      April 28

  • Mary

    I'd like to join

    April 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wayne, have you been there? How hard is it relative to the wasooch ridge?

    April 5

    • Pavneet

      Depending on till where you went on Wasootch ridge, there is good amount of scrambing involved going up on heart mountain, although it's not hard. After the false summit, its just a hike. The entire loop in long though and takes around 5-6 hours

      April 8

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