Distance 18.5km and 624m elevation gain.
Start at Gorge Creek trailhead.
These are well marked trails with easy to moderately steep grade. There is some shale and loose rocks underfoot. Minor creek crossings( not always bridged).
It will be a good workout through typical foothills country. We will climb Volcano Ridge for a 360 degree view.
How to get there: Drive to Turner Valley which depending on your route is anywhere from 65 to 78 kilometers from Calgary. After you drive into Turner Valley from the north on highway #22 drive through town to a 4-way stop which has a sign for highway #546 to the west. There is an Esso station at the intersection. Turn right (west) on Highway #546. This highway turns into Township Road #194a. The boundary of the Sandy McNabb Recreation Area is approximately 17 kilometers from Turner Valley. Approximately 10 kilometers into the park, on the right hand side will be the Gorge Creek Trail. Follow this gravel road to the Gorge Creek Parking Area which is well marked.
- good waterproof hiking boots. (no running shoes)
- Water shoes for crossing the creek area.
- appropriate 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)
- Sun screen, hat
- Food and water for the day atleast 1.5 L
I am not a guide so everyone coming should do their homework and be able to help in navigation.
Suggested car pool fare is $20.00/passenger
Dogs: Yes. Dogs must remain on leash, be well behaved and well socialized. That means no jumping up on people, is not yappy, and doesn't pull on leash.
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