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Moraine Lake Combo, Beginner/Easy

  • Jul 21, 2013 · 8:00 AM

BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE:

  1. Read the entire hike posting. Every. Single. Word. I don't mind answering questions, as long as they aren't already answered in the hike posting.

  2. Be willing to hike at the pace of the slowest. Leave your long sighs, eye-rolls and impatience at home, please and thank you. Those of us who actually are slow hikers will appreciate it. 

This hike will consist of three shorter trails, all of which start and end at the Moraine Lake parking lot, for a total of 9 km and 145m elevation gain:

Consolation Lakes Trail, 5.8 km, 85m elevation gain

Moraine Lakeshore Trail, 2.2 km, no elevation gain

The Rockpile at Moraine, 1 km, 60m elevation gain

Due to bear activity in the area, hiking restrictions are in place. This hike will not proceed unless there are at least 4 hikers at the trailhead, and we will be staying together as a tight group.

Details about the trail: The trail to Lower Consolation Lake leads through lush forest, to a sub-alpine lake backdropped by two stunning glacier-capped peaks. To reach the shore, we may have to do some boulder hopping. The Moraine lakeshore trail is a simple trail to the far end of Moraine Lake. The Rockpile trail leads to a great viewpoint of Moraine Lake surrounded by the Ten Peaks. After the hike, we may have a snack break either at the Cafe at Moraine Lake, or at the strip mall in Lake Louise Village (Bakery, Deli, Ice Cream/Candy shop).

Trailhead: The trailhead is at the Moraine Lake parking lot. Look for a light blue Dodge Caravan with a Slow and Steady Hikers Meetup sign in the rear window. You must be at the trailhead by 10am or we will leave without you. We will sign waivers there.

Car Pooling:

Transit Users: I can take up to three transit users with me, but you must meet me at Heritage LRT Station at 8 am sharp. Please contact me directly via my profile to make arrangements.

Car Owners: You can drive yourself to the trailhead, or you can use the discussion board below to make whatever carpooling arrangements you wish. I will not be making car pooling arrangements. Keep in mind there are delays on the road due to construction.

Hiking Pace: We will be hiking to the pace of the slowest person in the group. My definition of hiking to the pace of the slowest is the slowest hiker is at the front of the group, and sets the pace for everyone. This is for the safety, health and enjoyment of all hikers. We will be stopping for great views, photos, rest breaks, and the occasional head count. Remember, it doesn't matter how slow you're going, you're still going faster than the folks sitting at home on the couch.

Hiker requirements: Healthy enough to complete the hike (must be able to carry your own pack and gear – there are no sherpas on my hikes), good sense of humor, and a desire to explore the natural environment.

Gear requirements: Hiking shoes/boots are always best, and be prepared for changes in weather. Always be prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, personal medications (if needed), personal-sized first aid kit. Water: I typically take at least 2 liters on any hike. Better to have too much, than run out in the middle of the hike. If you have them, bring bear spray and/or bear bangers and carry them on the outside of your pack. Snacks/lunch. Camera, small binoculars if you have them.

Passenger gas share: $25 Please note this is per person, and in cash. You will also be expected to share in the costs of park pass.

Return time late afternoon or early evening.

I will check the Meetup site for this hike in the early morning of the hike, in case anyone has any last minute messages.

Who can attend: No dogs please. No children. No guests – must be a member to attend this hike.

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 for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.

You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and 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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  • Denise

    This was a wonderful day. Great views. Fantastic company. And Grizzly Bears. Thank you Linda for organizing. I am already looking forward to your next hike.

    July 22, 2013

  • Paula

    Linda: thank you so much for organizing this walk. I enjoyed it a lot (well paced and we all stayed together, which is so important in bear country). The ladies were also fun...and to have the opportunity to see the grizzly bears from a safe distance was the cherry on top.

    July 22, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Great day of hiking girls, really enjoyed it!! Thanks again Linda for organizing!!

    July 22, 2013

  • Christina

    Excellent day out in the mountains. Had a great time. Thanks ladies!

    July 22, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Thanks Linda,
    I really appreciate your group two idea. It was such a blessing to get onto this beautiful event. Spending time with wonderful people in the great outdoors is bliss, but this was even better. Thank you Lovely Ladies for a delightful day of walking wonder and hiking heaven! Also, the Parking Party was especially edible. (; I'm looking forward to more fabulous photos...

    Thanks particularly to Natalie for my ride and warm gift of friendship.

    July 22, 2013

  • Valerie

    Great hike, wonderful scenery. Thanks Linda for your great leadership

    July 21, 2013

  • Linda

    In spite of the tight parking, and a bit of confusion finding each other in the very crowded parking lot, we had a great day of hiking on three beautiful hikes. Thanks to those who took leadership in group two. Exciting to see those two young grizzly bears from the safety of the parking lot!

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Linda and Alisa, my horse got an injury and I am not sure if I am able to make it in the morning> I will drive with mu car Alisa as it is easier. Sorry for the late notice, but a horse is like a kid >

    July 20, 2013

    • Alisa

      No worries Marianne! Sorry to hear about your horse :( Hopefully all will be OK!

      1 · July 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Alisa, I am sure he will be fine See you next time.

      July 21, 2013

  • Leanne F.

    I will be at the heritage lrt park and ride at 8 in the black ford escape

    July 21, 2013

    • Christina

      I'll also be at Heritage station. Black tank top and grey pants. See ya soon!

      July 21, 2013

    • Janice

      I'll be at heritage LRT in a white Hyundai Santa Fe with blue flowers in back window.

      July 21, 2013

  • Alisa

    Linda, We are in Group 1 and there'll be four of us (Lisa, Marianne, Trish and myself) meeting in Crowfoot (and Hwy22) heading straight to Moraine lake and we'll meet you at the trail head. If we can't see your van we'll hover around the trailhead to Rockpile and Consolation lake next to the public restrooms.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Alisa, my Horse got injured today I am not sure if I am able to make it in the morning pending how he is doing. Please do not wait for me I wil take my car if I am able to go

      July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cynthia I can take you. I'm meeting up at shouldice. No one so far has contacted me. Do you need a pick up on the way there? Email me directly and we can exchange info. I was going to leave a little earlier. See my post below.

    July 20, 2013

    • Cynthia R.

      Thanks Natalie, I've got limited computer battery, & so I'm going to accept your offer. Thanks to all others.

      July 20, 2013

  • Denise

    If anyone needs a ride, I am in Group 1 and driving from NW Calgary (near Crowfoot LRT). Can take 2 comfortably or 3 with less room. I also have a park pass.

    July 19, 2013

    • Debbie T.

      Hi Denise, I seem to be fighting something off and don't think I will be up to a hike tomorrow. Natalie just posted that no one has contacted her yet for a ride except Cynthia so maybe you can contact her so you don't have to drive alone. Sorry about that.

      July 20, 2013

    • Denise

      That's OK Debbie - if anyone else needs a ride, please let me know, as I will still be driving.

      July 20, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Would like a ride, and live out by Calaway Park, have a Group Park Pass, but an old Van. I can meet up @ the Hwy 22 Petro Can, Crowfoot/Dalhousie/Brentwood/Heritage or ...? I will be up @ 6am, & ready for a last minute spot, (:

    July 18, 2013

    • Cynthia R.

      It looks like I am group 2. I am staying in town in Parkdale. I'll have my group park pass, but am still looking for a ride. Is there room in a shouldice or brentwood vehicle?

      July 20, 2013

    • Ezmina

      I can give you a ride. Do you want to come to Heritage park since Group1 is meeting there and we can all take off together. I am in Group 2 as well.

      July 20, 2013

  • Ezmina

    I am finding that there are too many people meeting in too many places for Group2, so I am going to show up at Heritage Park at 8am and take it from there. I have a car and can take 3.

    July 20, 2013

  • Leanne F.

    I'm on the wait list and I'd love to go hiking with group 2, I have a car if anyone needs a ride

    July 19, 2013

    • Christina

      Hi Group 2-ers. Do you have a spot for one more?

      July 20, 2013

    • Janice

      Sure Christina. We are meeting at Heritage LRT at 8 am tomorrow.

      July 20, 2013

  • Barbara E.

    Sorry, change of plans- hope make a different hike.

    July 19, 2013

  • Leanne F.

    I am in the SE of Calgary so it wouldn't be a problem for car pooling, just let me know when and where. :)

    July 19, 2013

    • Janice

      Hi Leanne. Sounds like the group 2 Southies are meeting at heritage LRT at 8 am. I'm offering to drive and Teresa has a park pass.

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I propose NW'ers in grp 2 attending hike (like myself) meet up at shouldice parking lot. Assuming it's the one at bottom of home rd and 16 ave ? SW corner of that intersection. I'm in light blue toyota matrix station wagon with hail damaged hood. Will be there at 7:30 a.m leaving 7:45 a.m Feel free to email me.

    July 19, 2013

  • Ezmina

    I would love to join Group2. I can take my car and 3 passengers. dont have a park pass. Why dont we all from Group2 meet at one location before taking off. I suggest Shouldice Park or Heritage Park(same as Linda's group and take off at the same time), or PetroCanada. Doesnt someone have to create a group2 so we can join it? otherwise how do we know how many are going?

    July 19, 2013

  • Debbie T.

    Group 2 - I can drive although I don't have a park pass. I can take 3 passengers in my vehicle. We could meet at the Crowfoot Ctrain and then pick up at Petro Canada at Hwy 22. If we have enough cars I would like a ride then.

    July 19, 2013

    • Janice

      Hi Debbie. I can drive. I'm meeting Teresa at Heritage LRT at 8 am if that works.

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good Linda. I'm pretty sure have a map for the area so will bring. For anyone who wants to carpool with me, please let me know to sort out pickup location and time as I'm out most of saturday and tonight. Sorry Giselle, should have indicated it was sanctioned by Linda when I posted.

    July 19, 2013

  • Linda

    For group 2, I have the map of the area, and I'll make sure you know where your trails are and where they go before we all take off.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those on the waiting list, there has been a suggestion that the waiting list group organize into a 2nd group and do the loops in a different order, to minimize trail crowding. Suggestion is to do moraine lakeshore and rockpile then do consolation lakes. As long as there are a minimum of 4 we should be good to go. I'm game if anyone else is. I've done some hiking in the area, although not familiar with these particular hikes, or may have done them and forgot. But pretty sure a group of sensible people can figure it out together with some consultation with Linda. I'm in the NW near confederation park and can take 3 and have park pass. Suggest you identify yourself as a Grp 2 if you want to sort out carpooling on the discussion board. I'm flexible for meeting location. Confederation park parking lot off of 10 street (near rosemont community centre for instance or elsewhere? I'm flexible.

    July 18, 2013

  • Maria B.

    I have a car and a park pass!

    July 18, 2013

  • KARINA S.

    Karina + 1

    July 15, 2013

    • Linda

      Karina, there are no guests on this hike. As membership is free, there is no reason not to sign up - we all like to know a little about who we're hiking with.

      July 16, 2013

    • KARINA S.

      OK. No problem. It will be just me this time. My friend will enroll for next trip.

      July 18, 2013

  • Alisa

    I can give people ride from Dalhousie or Crowfoot

    July 15, 2013

    • Alisa

      Hi Trish, sure let's meet at Crowfoot then. Please PM me and we can exchange contact details.

      July 16, 2013

    • Lisa

      Alisa, I live in the NW and would love to car pool with you if you are open (and have space) to another hiker.

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would Love to carpool with someone. It will be my first hike. I am in Cochrane, so I was wondering if someone would be able to pick me up at the Petro Canada on Hwy 1/ 22.?? Thank you

    July 16, 2013

    • Alisa

      Hi I can give you a ride - the trick is remember to stop on the way :p Please PM me and we'll exchange contact details.

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long is this hike?

    July 15, 2013

    • Linda

      Because it's three hikes in one, as long as you like. I estimate about 4 hours total hiking time, with breaks.

      July 16, 2013

  • Valerie

    Looking forward to this hike. I will carpool with you Linda, meeting at Heritage LRT if that is OK

    July 15, 2013

  • Ezmina

    I'm on :)

    July 15, 2013

  • Paula

    Sounds great! Can't wait to RSVP.

    July 15, 2013

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