BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE:
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.
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.
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.