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Junction Hill Winter/Spring Hike

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Junction Hill Winter/Spring Hike

Read this page in its entirety before you RSVP Please be sure to answer question #1

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

This event is for strong hikers capable of hiking at a moderate steady pace with minimal stops.
You must have completed events of comparable distance/elevation in recent months.


Come prepared for possible snow depths requiring snowshoes. TBD on site.

Be comfortable with going off trail if conditions dictate the need to. Do not be in a rush to get back to Calgary. We will be out to enjoy the day and event duration/return to Calgary may vary.

Itinerary: Distance: Approx 8.5 kms round trip
Elevation Gain: Approx 760 meters

Hike Description:
This hike will be a loop. The ascent begins immediately and is relentless. Expect route finding, some bushwhacking. It is called a “Hill” but by the time we reach the rocky summit you will know it truly is a mountain. The decent will be through forests, over rock fields and is steep in sections. The hard work will all be worth it for the views such as Holy Cross, Mount Burke, the Great Divide and Mount Head.

The Basics:

Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM Starbucks at Chapters 16061 Macleod Trail S.E. Then convoy out to the parking lot at the Recreation Centre in Okotoks en route to trail head west of Longview. Your Event Host will meet you in Okotoks but will designate a participant who will meet you at the Starbucks to lead you out to Okotoks. You will be notified via email on Friday.

Event Duration: 5-6 hours plus driving

Difficulty Rating: T3 - OT3: Moderate to Difficult NOT for beginners

Who can attend: Members
Gear Requirements:
Dress for the forecasted weather - layers - you'll warm up real fast & cool down quick

Hiking boots - Snowshoes - Hiking poles
- Micro Spikes
Bear spray

2 liters of water and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks, and/or a lunch

Personal First Aid Kit
Money for commuting - $20 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver


WAIVERS: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike.

Your Host may be slow, but he is steady; however, he is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current condition , current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible 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.

ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

COMMENTS & QUESTIONS: Please message Event Host directly for a speedier reply. Thanks for reading.

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  • Sidney

    Slow and Steady Poetry

    Tick tick tick talk... the wolf pack hiked up the hill, over the scree
    Tick tick tick talk... on ice, rock and grassy terrain, merrily were we
    Tick tick tick talk... hearts a pounding, joy abounding, a summit we did see
    Tick tick tick talk... we shared our lives, laughs and prayers; not much better can this be
    Tick tick tick talk... I'm grateful to all thee

    Ticks, ticks, little ticks
    By the Junction Hill walk
    Inspired little poetic
    Tick, tick, tick, Talk

    If a tick could talk
    What would it say
    Would it go for a walk
    Or just want to play
    It's not where we walk
    That causes us to dread
    It's where we lie down
    To rest our tired head

    By:
    Ro'Barb' Browning
    Wolliam Sidspeare
    W. 'O'aul Mitchell

    April 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Slow day at the office, eh :)

      April 12, 2013

    • Barb

      Hey Sidney.... are we rich yet????

      April 12, 2013

  • Shawn

    Thanks again Olga for the almonds, peanuts, and candy! Much appreciated!

    2 · April 7, 2013

    • Barb

      Without those peanuts I'm sure wed have parished!!

      1 · April 7, 2013

    • Dorothea I.

      Except me ,,,ha ha ,,i mean i was just confident ,,

      April 8, 2013

  • Rachel

    Never expect anything, because your emotions are like babies. One second you are out of breath(why I am hiking here?), next second you are relaxed and believe it's the best thing ever; one second you are in the jungles and snow with clouds, next second you are on spring grass with blue sky;you hate the up hills and when the downhill comes, up hill is appreciated. Emotions went through a lot with the hill, hate, love; hate, love...never mind let it be, let it be...focus on every step we take and enjoy it. And also I wanna say there are no flowers in Calgary's Spring, but you can still feel the spring in another way. Snow is melting, new grass is coming out, trees are turning color gradually. You can feel the sign of new life...Spring is coming definitely!

    Thank you so much for taking me out and thanks for the great company.

    2 · April 7, 2013

    • Barb

      Great description of the inside struggle Rachael!!!

      April 7, 2013

    • Katalina D.

      I agree that was the best description ever !

      April 8, 2013

  • Ki

    Thanks, everyone, for a great day. It was so nice to meet you all and share in the experience. Best Meetup group ever, with a feast to finish it off! Thanks, again, Paul and Pearl for your generosity and kindness.

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Barb

    tick tick tick talk.... the wolf pack hiked up the hill
    tick tick tick talk... over ice and rock and grassy terrain, merrily were we
    tick tick tick talk... with hearts a pounding, joy abounding a summit we did see
    tick tick tick talk... we shared our lives, a laugh, a prayer; how much more can we 'see'?
    tick tick tick talk... I'm grateful to all of thee!!!

    This was a great hike with lots of firsts for me... thanks everyone for a fun day.

    5 · April 7, 2013

  • Paul

    We wanted to just BE outside of the run-of-the-mill 9 - 5 Mon - Fri, to cover every shade of the spectrum of experiences. On our function on the Junction we did. Although we didn't see the elk and sheep we saw their glosette's everywhere ...everywhere! We found ticks so check those nooks and crannies, everywhere ...everywhere. On the trail it was snow, ice and rock. We hiked horizontal and vertical and sometimes on all fours (scrambling). We followed a partial trail guided by Garmin's 'bread crumb' tracks. Driving out - fog...driving back - fog. We walked the ridge, chased the sun and ate the wind...it snowed and rained but the sun did shine. We had amazing views all around, but none compared to the eagle we watched soaring on the constant updrafts. We fought in the snow, sun tanned on the slopes and laughed all the way. We met new friends and put up with the old ones. Afterwards we had a BBQ and were just glad to be together. Precious are the moments we share. We lived life!

    6 · April 7, 2013

  • Dorothea I.

    Hi i know it s a bit late but is anyone passing arround Chinook Mall Macleod Trail and able to give me a ride from there?
    or Lakevieux? thanks for let me know

    April 5, 2013

    • Barb

      Sorry Dorothea. I have a full load. See u soon!!!

      April 5, 2013

  • Ki

    Hey, does anyone live closer to NW and willing to carpool? I live at UofC and don't have a car. I would be willing to transit to the meet-up location for a carpool, however that will be over an hour commute for me :S, so looking for options if there are any. Thanks!

    April 3, 2013

    • Ki

      Hi Barb. Yes, I do...thanks for checking in. Any chance UofC is somewhere on your route?

      April 5, 2013

    • Barb

      I have time... I can slip by and get you. How far are you from the Tim's across from the hospital on 16tg ave? You could text me at[masked]

      April 5, 2013

  • Paul

    Heads up folks. I was up at the trail head this morning and we'll be experiencing snow, dirt and ice. I would say snowshoes may be necessary towards the top and icers will be valuable because there has been alot of freeze and thaw going on. Also, bring rain gear!

    April 5, 2013

  • Shawn

    Hi Paul I can drive if need be. However, just curious as to the road to the trailhead. Is there a lot of rough gravel road or mostly blacktop? I have a little cobalt but I could take 3 persons.

    April 4, 2013

    • Paul

      All pavement...all the way

      April 5, 2013

  • Dion

    passenger

    April 5, 2013

  • Anne R.

    Sorry, but I have caught a bad cold.

    April 5, 2013

  • Shawn

    Hey Barb I can drive but I guess it would b nice to get chauffeured to the mountains as well:)

    April 4, 2013

  • Katalina D.

    Paul is back!!! :) this one looks challenging and I hope I can make it, you guys can bear with me right? ..... Passenger please

    April 4, 2013

    • Barb

      Katalina is back!!!! Yay!!!

      April 4, 2013

    • Katalina D.

      Yeah Barb I am!! I'll see you on Saturday :) :)

      April 4, 2013

  • Shawn

    Not sure where question 1 is? Did I answer it below:)

    April 4, 2013

    • Barb

      Hey Shawn... it was can you drive or wish to be a passenger on Saturday?

      April 4, 2013

  • Angie

    Sorry I'm going to miss this now, another commitment came up :-( See you all next time!

    April 4, 2013

  • Rachel

    Will the weather be awful?!lol

    April 3, 2013

    • Paul

      Rachel...we will definitely have weather on this trek. I have checked with the weather man and he has promised that we will have some. Sláinte

      April 3, 2013

  • Dorothea I.

    Passenger need a ride

    April 3, 2013

  • Ki

    I am fit for this hike and would love to join if I can find a ride!

    April 3, 2013

  • George

    This is a tough hike, but the toughest part is the very beginning. I'd like to go, but I have visitors from out of town that are not hikers. I'm sure someone will organize a summer hike on this trail.
    Have fun!

    April 3, 2013

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