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Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, Beginners Welcome, Banff Nat'l Park

  • Jul 28, 2013 · 7:00 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. :-)

Trail distance and elevation: 11.2 km, 360 meters elevation gain to the Teahouse.


Energetic hikers may wish to continue up to the viewpoint of Victoria Glacier, an additional 2.6km return, and 85m added elevation.

Safety and navigation as warranted: There was a warning about a cougar in the Lake Louise area around July 20th, and bears are common around the public parking lot at the Chateau. There is still construction on highway 1, so give yourselves plenty of time to get to Lake Louise.

Details about the trail: While this is technically an intermediate hike because it is over 10km, beginners should be able to finish this hike, particularly at my pokey pace. Starting on the Lakeshore trail to the far end of Lake Louise, this hike will climb above the treeline, above the toe of the lower Victoria Glacier, and along some of the most interesting rock formations. We'll end up at the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse (see info below), a two-story log building, where we'll take a longer break, to allow for anyone who wants to eat at the Teahouse, or hike up to the Victoria Glacier viewpoint.

Teahouse: If you wish to eat at the Teahouse, take note: it is CASH only, they offer soup, sandwiches, baked goods, tea and lemonade, and it is a bit pricey (for lunch with drink and dessert, bring at least $25 to cover lunch, tax and tip). There are also benches in an open area around the teahouse for hikers who bring their own lunch.

Calgary Meetup Location:

Transit Users: I can take three passengers with me from Heritage LRT Station. Please reply to the post on the Message Board below. Look for a Light Blue Dodge Caravan parked close to the station building.

Vehicle Drivers: You can drive yourself to the trailhead, or use the Message Board below to arrange yourselves in car pooling groups, from whatever location you wish.

Trailhead: Lake Louise public parking lot. We'll meet in front of the public washroom building in the lowest parking lot.

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 (this includes carrying your own 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: $25.00 - Please note this is per person, and in cash. You will also be expected to pay for a share of a group park day pass.

Start and return time: Depart Calgary by 7 am, to be in Lake Louise around 9-9:15 am. We should be off the trail by late afternoon, around 4-4:30pm. We may stop at the Lake Louise Village mall for bakery/ice cream/deli before driving back to Calgary, but this is at the driver's discretion.

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 – membership is free, so there is no excuse not to sign up.


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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, Zhen and the two Weis are eager to go to Banff before they go back to China. We were thinking of going on Sunday, Aug. 18th. Anybody want to join? I was thinking to hike up to Sulphur Mountain, then on to Sanson's Peak, and then ride the gondola going down; walk around the town, have an ice cream/meal; take photos at the hotel; walk up to the hoodoos lookout. Does anyone have a suggestion to make this itinerary a better one? Also, it'll be a tight squeeze in the car with 5 people, so can someone offer a ride as well?

    Please email me with ideas/suggestions/confirmations, etc. Thanks!

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Paula

      Hi Jennifer. Sorry will not be able to make it this time. I'll be in Lake Louise with out-of-town guests (2). We may cross paths in the village though. Alternatively, if guests are up for the challenge we may just meet you guys. What's your meeting location and time?

      August 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Paula. A girl at today's hike suggested we go to Johnston Canyon, so we might do that first, and then go on to Banff after. We'll probably be in the town at around 2ish, but not very sure. If you are in town, you can call/text this number:[masked]

      August 17, 2013

  • Alejandra

    Have fun guys, I can't on the 18th, but hope you have a blast. could anyone upload the pics from that awesome evening when we had dinner? Thanks

    August 13, 2013

    • Darryl C.

      Hi Alejandra. I have never uploaded photos. Perhaps it is best if I send them to you and you can do it for me. What is your email address. Or call me and tell me how to do it. Thanks. Darryl.

      August 13, 2013

  • Zhen G.

    Hello, everyone. Darryl and I want to have a cooking night on next Friday. So, please reply if you want to come.
    And, Linda, I want to know how to send e-mail to everyone.

    August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be there, too! What should I bring?

      August 3, 2013

    • Trish F.

      Love to come as well

      August 6, 2013

  • Ken Y.

    Ken will come too!

    August 4, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    Thanks to everyone that posted photos.

    July 31, 2013

  • Ken Y.

    That was an excellent hike! I glad to meet you. Ken here by the way, lets do it again before you go back to china.

    July 29, 2013

    • Zhen G.

      Thank you. When Linda decide the desitination, I will join it immediately.

      July 30, 2013

  • valeriecaden

    This was a great hike on a beautiful day with an awesome group of people! Was nice to meet you all! :)

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Trish F.

    Would like to come and up for anything! Can drive

    July 29, 2013

  • Zhen G.

    It's about the happiest day since I come to Canada 1 month ago. I'm very very happy to meet these nice people.

    1 · July 29, 2013

    • Ezmina

      Good for you! and I hope the rest of your stay is just as great. Yes, we have some wonderful people around. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

      July 29, 2013

    • Janine

      I've never tried to oganize a hike but perhaps we could try to set up a meet for Monday the 5th and do an easy one like Johnstons Canyon?

      July 29, 2013

  • Janine

    Fantastic first hile with a hiking club. Everyone was so nice. I'm hoping to find another one for next weekend

    1 · July 28, 2013

    • Ezmina

      Me too. I cancelled my Jasper one since its 2 days and am not ready to be away for 2 days yet. Hopefully Linda will have another one for us this weekend....yah, Linda ?

      July 29, 2013

  • Ezmina

    I am not that fast with getting pics on the website, but promise to upload the group picture sooooon :)

    July 29, 2013

  • Ezmina

    Had an awesome time! Great company...and what can I say? Great organizer of course ;) Thanks! Looking forward to the next one.

    July 29, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    I had such a good time!! Thanks everybody, and it didn't even rain until afterwards.

    July 28, 2013

  • Alejandra

    It was a great experience, glad to meet such nice people and thanks for all the hiking advice.

    July 28, 2013

  • Janine

    I had a wonderful time, the group was so friendly we had such a great time. Thank you for organizin this Linda. I look forward to my next hike!

    July 28, 2013

  • Paula

    Another great hike organized by Linda. Nice to see new faces joining us. It was a blast!!!!

    July 28, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    Great hike Linda, good company and weather. Thanks for organizing!

    July 28, 2013

  • Linda

    Beautiful day for a hike, cool enough to make this trail very pleasant, and a wonderful lunch I didn't have to prepare or haul around with me. Good group of hikers - hope to see you again on another hike soon!

    July 28, 2013

  • Linda

    Transit Users: If you're hoping to catch a ride with me from Heritage LRT Station, please reply to this discussion.

    July 22, 2013

    • Alejandra

      7 am

      July 28, 2013

    • Linda

      7 am Heritage Station

      July 28, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    I'm not sure yet if I can catch a lift with someone at Crowfoot, I'll be there for 6:45 am. I'll give Denise a ring, as it sounds like Alisa is full. Not sure where Ken Young is carpooling from. Cheers,

    July 27, 2013

    • Denise

      Hi Sharon - I still have room for one more. I will be at Crowfoot LRT parking lot that is on the NORTH side of Crowfoot Trail at 6:45am in a blue Honda civic. My cell # is[masked]

      July 28, 2013

    • Sharon C.

      Great, I'll look for you.

      July 28, 2013

  • Alisa

    I am also driving and can give rides to three others either at Shouldice or Crowfoot. I have group park pass

    July 25, 2013

    • Alisa

      Hi Sharon, I have three people already and 5 total in a car is a bit of a squeeze. I know Denise is also leaving from Crowfoot perhaps check with her. Otherwise you can meet us at Tim Horton Crowfoot @ 7am. thanks :)

      July 27, 2013

    • Sharon C.

      No problem, I'll try to catch a lift with Denise.

      July 27, 2013

  • Ken Y.

    Ken here... Just what eveyone to know i have room for four as well!

    July 27, 2013

  • Denise

    If anyone needs a ride, I will be driving from NW Calgary (near Crowfoot LRT).

    July 25, 2013

    • Denise

      Hi Zhen - I will be at Crowfoot LRT parking lot that is on the NORTH side of Crowfoot Trail at 6:45am in a blue Honda civic. My cell # is[masked]

      July 27, 2013

    • Zhen G.

      Okay, see you tomorrow morning.

      July 27, 2013

  • valeriecaden

    Hi, this hike looks fun!
    I see in the comments that there are rides from Heritage STN, Crowfoot and Shouldice. I'm just wondering if there are spots left for any of these locations because I think some may be full...

    July 26, 2013

    • Sharon C.

      I am going out soon for the evening. I'll check when I return and confirm.

      July 27, 2013

    • valeriecaden

      Sounds good, see you tomorrow morning!

      July 27, 2013

  • Darryl C.

    For those in the north not wanting to travel to Heritage. I will be at Should ice at 7am at Home Road and 16 Avenue and have room for four. Blue Honda truck. Call me at[masked] to confirm a spot. Will post another message when I am full.

    July 27, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    I am attending a family picnic Saturday, however, will check comments around supper time to see if I can carpool with anyone. I am okay with meeting at Heritage LRT.

    July 27, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    I'd like to attend, preferably meet for carpool at Crowfoot/Shouldice. I have a park pass and can drive if needed.

    July 27, 2013

  • Ken Y.

    Yes.

    July 27, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Oh Piffle! Went downstairs for a bottle of wine for dinner, and discovered a leaking bit of plumbing... so will have to be on hand for that repair. :( Thankfully he is able to come tomorrow. :D

    July 27, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    I have a group Park Pass and would love a ride. I live out by Calaway Park and can meet at the Petro Can on Hwy 22, or Crowfoot/Dalhousie/Brentwood LRT or Shouldice... Thanks in advance, I'm really looking forward to this one... C:

    July 27, 2013

  • Shahin

    Hi Linda
    How can I add a guest here?

    July 26, 2013

    • Linda

      You can't. I don't allow guests, as membership is free and it takes only a few minutes to join, so there is no excuse for not joining and signing yourself up. Also, I like to know who I'm hiking with - it would be nice if you added a photo to your own profile.

      July 26, 2013

  • Ezmina

    i can take 3 passengers and can pickup from Shouldice, Petrocanada (on the way out) or anywhere close to Cougaridge area.

    July 25, 2013

    • Ezmina

      That would be great! Lets meet at Shoudice. do you have a park pass? i dont

      July 26, 2013

    • Ezmina

      Trish, sorry, but my son just confirmed that he needs my car. I will write to Alisa above and see if we can get a ride with her and Janine

      July 26, 2013

  • Janine

    Hello everyone, I would love to come on this hike. This will be my first group hike though and I would like to be able to car pool with someone if possible. I also have a park pass that I can bring if it's needed.
    Thanks

    July 26, 2013

  • Keela

    Yes I am!! see you Sunday.
    thanks Linda.

    July 26, 2013

  • Ezmina

    Linda, is this the parking lot washroom by the icecream place?

    July 25, 2013

    • Linda

      No, no, this is the parking lot at Chateau Lake Louise - go past the village and start on the same road we took to go to Moraine Lake (but don't turn to go to Moraine). Continue all the way up this road, it will end in the public parking lot at the Chateau.

      July 25, 2013

  • Clare W.

    My understanding is that we can meet up at Heritage LRT but we don't have to?

    July 24, 2013

    • Linda

      Yep, that's right! If you'd like to arrange car pooling at another location, you can certainly post that info here, and see if anyone wants to meet you there! Or you can meet at location already posted by someone else.

      July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would Love to go, but not sure if Tigger ( the Horse ) is okay.

    July 23, 2013

  • Keela

    Love to join the group.. I would be meeting you a Heritage. I am out for the evening so I hope there is still a spot tomorrow morning.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, goodie! So looking forward to joining.

    July 23, 2013

  • Ezmina

    how can I resist ;) count me in please and thank you.

    July 22, 2013

  • Paula

    Can't wait to RSVP! Looking forward to the hike and to see you all.

    July 22, 2013

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