Evan-Thomas Creek - Winter Walk/Snowshoe-Beginn­er

The Evan-Thomas Creek trail explores the valley between the Fisher and Opal Ranges. The trail is relatively gentle, with a small steady elevation gain as we hike in to see views of The Wedge and some popular ice climbs. 9km, 200m gain

 

While the snow pack can be nearly non-existent, there are three ice climbs dropping from the cliffs along the creek that provided a change of scenery from the usual mounds of snow.
The trail starts at the Evan Thomas parking lot (about 5 minutes south of the Nakiska turnoff on highway 40), and for the first 2 km is road-width and completely viewless and uninspiring. When the trail branches into three forks, take the one on the right and descend towards the creek. Upon reaching the creek, simply turn east and head up the creek.
After walking 3.2 km from the parking lot, reach Chantilly Falls, the first ice climb. I know nothing of ice climbing, but apparently this is a good beginners climb as it is solid and lacks any dangling ice formations. Continuing up the creek, reach Moonlight Falls at 4 km. Watch for it on the right (south) as you walk up the creek. This ice climb is far more spectacular and actually has two separate routes. Continuing up the creek, soon come to sharp bend. The third ice climb - quite small is glimpsed through the trees on the right at 4.6 km. Ahead 100 m the creek narrows to a canyon and is the logical end of the trail. It is possible to continue further by detouring and ascending steeply through forest we can decide as a group when we get there.

Evan Thomas Creek Map

Gear recommendation:

Not sure how much snow will be on this trail.

  • Micro spikes would be best if the tail is packed and not to deep BUT if there is a  lot of snow.....
  • Snowshoes. Can be rented from UofC outdoor center or MEC, possibly other places.
  • Hiking/trekking/ski poles.
  • Warm waterproof boots.
  • appropriate winter clothing piled on in layers so you can de-layer as required should be quick/easy drying breathable clothing(Try to avoid cotton especially jeans)
  • Gaiters would be appropriate to keep the snow out of your boots
  • Food and water for the day.(something hot like soup, tea, hot chocolate...granola bars freeze)

I am not a guide so everyone coming should do their homework and be able to help in navigation.

Suggested car pool fare is $15.00/passenger

No Guests ...your friends 18 and over must signup.

No Dogs

Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact.

You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and by your R.S.V.P 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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  • Manuelle

    A magic walk indeed, so beautiful, and a great group. Thanks Candice for organizing it, everybody for making it so pleasant and the sun for being there.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Concerned about sick pet, must stay put.

    March 23, 2013

  • mohsen a.

    Sorry, something came up and I can't come for Snowshoe.

    March 22, 2013

  • Loraine

    Hi every one
    I still looking for the ride, could any one can pick me up from LRT station?? Thank you for the help!!

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Angie

    Sorry I have to back out, unexpected company!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I am getting lazy I guess.

    March 19, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Yes you are :) Hope to see you soon.

      1 · March 20, 2013

  • Loraine

    Hi every one
    I need a ride and I live near the Whitehorn CTrain Station (NE), but you can pick me up from any CTrain Station. Thank very much for the help!!

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Passenger, thanks!

    March 16, 2013

  • Nancy

    Passenger please.

    March 16, 2013

  • Barbara E.

    I've never tried snowshoeing before and an wondering if this would be a good trail for me or not, does anyone have any advice?

    March 6, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Thank You Ken --Barbara you will be fine on this trail.

      March 6, 2013

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