Junction Hill Winter/Spring Hike
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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
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.
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
Dress for the forecasted weather - layers - you'll warm up real fast & cool down quick
Hiking boots - Snowshoes - Hiking poles - Micro Spikes
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.