Note: there is a water crossing of calf-deep cold water - bring footwear/poles etc. Bring a headlamp or flashlight.
Description: Exceptional views. ~12.6 km up and back with 960+ m elevation gain. This is a very steep off-trail hike. Some route finding. No technical scrambling. Max elevation ~2869m. Trail mostly bare, but actual conditions will depend on weather. D5 according to COC rating scale. Our pace is slow.
A strong level of fitness is required. Up to 7-8 hours on the trail including lunch and lazing and photos and play and general slow-poking around depending on conditions and contingencies. Our average pace is about 3 kph, faster on the level, slower uphill. We will plan to stop at Bow Lake or Lake Louise for snacks after the hike. This will be a full day - don't expect to be back before late evening.
We are a group - we try to hike together, be sociable, have fun, enjoy the scenery, take pictures, bask in the sun, and our pace is usually slow. If you don't want to wait to allow the slowest members to catch up and have a breather, this meetup group is not for you.
These are not guided trips - organizers are not trained guides and do not accept any responsibility or liability. There is a waiver of liability form to sign. Please read the waiver in advance. It's found under the More drop-down list, Files section.
Attendance: Please respond early - there may be a trip minimum - 3 or 4 depending on the trip. Update your response as soon as possible, especially if you've responded that you can drive. Use the waiting list responsibly. After 3 no-shows you may be asked to leave the group.
Late/Cancellation: If there is a last minute update, call or text (not email or meetup update) the organizer (in this case Nitin at[masked]) as soon as you know you can't make it or are running late. We'd like to not wait, nor worry.
We'll carpool at Dalhousie C-Train station parking lot (WEST end BEHIND Chapters), where you'll need to sign a waiver.
Indicate in your RSVP comments if you can drive or need a ride. If you respond that you can drive, we're counting on you, so be sure to update as soon as possible if you can't make it.
Directions: Drive 1 h 45 min west on Hwy 1 to Lake Louise. Continue 5 min to the junction with Hwy 93 Icefields Parkway and head north toward Jasper. Travel about 20 min (34 km) to Crowfoot Glacier viewpoint. We will navigate to the trailhead together from there. Total one way driving time: ~2 h 15 min. Be sure to get an idea of where you're going if you plan to drive.
Weather: Forecast for Lake Louise as of Jul 13: Sunny, high 17 low 7. Subject to change quickly in the mountains. Be prepared for any conditions - cold, hot, snow, rain, hail, sun, wind. :-)
Trail conditions: Mostly bare, subject to weather.
Etiquette: Radios, ipods, etc, with speakers are not welcome. Texting, cell calls, and other electronics are discouraged beyond the trailhead. Leave no trace except footprints, take nothing but pictures. Pack out all garbage including organics.
Photo and Video: You should expect that you will be in pictures and short videos, and that these may be shared on the Meetup website or in other ways. Ongoing video (e.g., helmet cam) of lengthy (>1 minute) parts of the trip is NOT welcome to preserve privacy and group atmosphere. Please do share SOME highlight photos (NOT your whole collection) on the website. I reserve the right to delete duplicate, blurry, and excess photos to provide participants with a viewable album.
Costs: Park entrance fees; gas $$ for drivers depending on # of passengers - max vehicle expense for this trip is $80.
Pets/Kids under 16: No kids under 16; no pets.
Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes mandatory. e.g., protection against sharp and heavy rock, grip for sloped and slippery surfaces, ankle support. Bring a headlamp or flashlight, lots of food and water for a long day. All-weather clothing. Poles and sandals (something with a heel to stay on your foot in a current) and a small towel for creek crossing. Park pass if you have one.
Are you prepared to survive an unexpected night in the mountains?
about ~2-3 litres water, lunch, snacks, extra snacks, 2-3 layers including tops and bottoms that are wind/waterproof (no denim/jeans), warm socks, toque/scarf/gloves/mitts, sunscreen, spare socks, cash, toilet paper and a ziplock bag to carry it out, patience, a sense of humour, group-mindedness, medium sized daypack preferably with padded hip strap to carry all that stuff
Optional/suggested equipment, depending on trip and terrain and conditions and season and preference: Trekking poles, road map, trail map, compass, gaiters, flashlight/head lamp, whistle, bear spray (NO bear bells), pocket knife, first aid kit, yaktrax, sunglasses, camera, kleenex, lip balm, moleskin, mosquito repellent, waterproof sit-upon (a jacket in a garbage bag works), wind or rain pants, a change of clothes/shoes for the car, etc.