Stanley Glacier /T3 ( Beginners Welcome) RSVP Aug 4th, 8PM

Distance: 8.5 km return                      Level of Difficulty: Moderate                       Elevation Gain: 365 m                      RSVP Opens Aug 4th at 8PM
 This hike encompasses a myriad of nature's work: remnants of a forest fire, a hanging valley, high peaks (Stanley Peak, Storm Mtn., Mt. Whymper and Boom Mtn.) and the receding Stanley Glacier. 

Summary:  The first half of the hike leads up switchbacks through a huge burn, an area that fell victim to a lightening strike in 1968. It's easy to assume a place destroyed by fire is not worth visiting. Think again. Wildflowers prevail, as does reforested Lodgepole pine.

The second part of the hike is marked by crossing over a creek (runoff from the Stanley Glacier). As the trail continues alongside the creek, the forest thins and gives way to the open Stanley basin. The trail peters out among a boulder field in the basin, but leaves the option of exploring the immediate area.

Other Options:

For those with extra energy and sturdy boots, continue up the valley over rocky terrain to a high meadow about 1 km beyond the end of the obvious trail. The toe of the Stanley Glacier can be seen from here.

Gas Fees are $20 per passenger.

National Park rules and guidlines will be followed.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you are willing to drive and how many passengers you can take.

Your participation in this event means you have read the waiver and by signing up for this event you have accepted the waiver. If you have stated "no" in your profile you will not be accepted to participate. 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. Members’ guests must read trip details, read and accept the online waiver, and meet all group requirements.

 

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  • Lisa S.

    The booms and mini avalanche off a high edge of the glacier were pretty cool to hear and witness. Hearing Andy yell "avalanche !" was not reassuring <G>. The day was on the warm side, but not boiling hot and it did get cooler as we got higher. The pools and streams that magically popped up out of nowhere or disappeared were pretty interesting too, as was the patch of greenery with stream and pool sections in the middle of nowhere that we stopped at at the top.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    Scenic hike with lots of wildflowers in the lower part. A bit steep in places. Andy is a terrific group leader - patient and good-natured with a bit of humour thrown in. The top third or so of the trail with loose rock (big and small) was not my favourite (especially when somewhat steep), but manageable. I thought the pace on the way up was very good. Most of the group sprinted on the way back down. I liked the amount and frequency of breaks, so that was good for me -- it's nice to enjoy the scenery and relax a bit. For those who were wondering, my GPSs said we did 540 m elevation gain and 15.88 km in 5 hours 25 minutes overall, so I guess that means we went an extra 3.69 km each way past the end of the "official" trail.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Cathy

    Thanks Andy! Such a beautiful hike! :)

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Ari

    Great day, thanks Andy!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • George

    Interesting hike. Good company. Too many breaks for my taste.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Andy D.

    A nice scenic hike on a warm summer day. Great group of hikers and lots of lunch breaks :). We even saw a small avalanche coming off of Mount Stanley.

    August 11, 2013

  • Mark K.

    It was a beautiful day. Andy was an excellent and patient coordinator.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Dirk G.

    I live in DouglasDale and can take three and myself from the South. Have a vehicle park pass

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am on my way back downtown

      August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I guess u have left. Grrrr. I am downtown now if by chance u are getting these messages and are still around my number is[masked]

      August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone gets this my number is 514.662.8245. I'm at Anderson station late and may miss my ride

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was running late this morning I hope my ride has not left from Anderson station.

    August 11, 2013

  • Dirk G.

    Hi Daniel,

    I will have room in my car. Where can we met, I will be coming up Macleod Trail from the South.

    August 9, 2013

    • Dirk G.

      Hi Daniel, are you riding the LRT to the south? If so, we would be able to pick you up closer to down town.

      August 11, 2013

    • Lara

      Thanks Dirk, I've had a change of plans as something came up. Have fun.

      August 11, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    forecast for tomorrow for what looks like the nearest place, Radium, is 28 C. Would this be higher elevation and hopefully not nearly that hot !? Or expect 28C ??

    August 10, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      OK, thanks.

      August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I should be at Anderson Station for 840 please wait.

      August 11, 2013

  • Pei

    Can't leave the girlfriend by herself :)

    August 10, 2013

    • Pei

      well, girlfriend supposed to be a +1 on this hike but got notice that the waitlist was too full and I couldn't bring her. Unfortunately, its too late now :(

      August 11, 2013

  • Glenn

    Sorry. Just got your notice and can't make it - have a birthday to go to.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Jamie

    Sorry, notice too short. Rats! Pei, I'd volunteer to help you but I'm now in Lethbridge. ;-)

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Cathy G.

    Sorry unable to make it with such short notice that waiting list had decreased by 20. Hopefully next time.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Colleen L.

    Sorry- just got this email and I am not able to make it! Have fun!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Kat Z.

    Sorry unable to make it now! Have fun everyone!

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just answered my own question....Lol we buy them at the gate right

    August 10, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Also you will need a park pass for this hike. It is in Kootenay National Park.

    August 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can we buy the park pass up there or do we have to buy it online?

      August 10, 2013

  • Andy D.

    Looks like this hike is popular. We have a very large wait list so I will see if another organizer would be willing to post this hike again in the near future. Please respect those on the wait list if your plans change and change your rsvp asap. Thanks.
    By the way we will be "Leaving" Shouldice at 9AM so try to be there early to arrange carpooling etc.
    My cell # is[masked]-8565. Call, do NOT text.

    August 10, 2013

  • Eri

    It looks like my ride is no longer attending, so if anyone else is looking for a ride, I will be driving from the NW and should have space for a couple more passengers.

    August 9, 2013

  • Ari

    Oh no, my guest (and his car) bailed :( Could I please get a ride from Shouldice? There's an extra space now, if anyone's interested :)

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Amanda

      I’m on the waiting list but still interested in going. I would need a ride though.

      1 · August 9, 2013

    • Erika J.

      I am on the waiting list too - if I can go then I can offer a ride Amanda.

      August 9, 2013

  • Cathy

    I can drive if more drivers are needed at shouldice. Otherwise I'd like to be passenger

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone...I was wondering if anyone has room for 1 in their car...Please let me know.

    Thanks

    August 9, 2013

  • Janine

    I'm planning on going (as long as I don't get waitlisted) and I can drive if anyone needs a ride.

    August 1, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Then make sure you are at your computer at 8PM on Aug 4th and you almost certainly won't be waitlisted.

      August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Janine do you still have room available in your car?

      August 8, 2013

  • Barry M

    Can Drive + 3

    August 6, 2013

  • Chris

    I will come, would prefer to drive and can take 3 people

    July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Chris, I live in the NE too. Can I get a ride with you, please?

      August 5, 2013

    • Eri

      I'm looking for a ride. Can I meet you somewhere on your way out of town? i live in the NW.

      August 5, 2013

  • Dirk G.

    Hi Lisa, can met you at the LRT station at 8:15. I drive a red Dodge Journey. Let's park just east and south of the main street leading into the parking lot.

    August 5, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      OK, that's fine. I think you mean somewhere in the north-ish end of the parking lot, so I'll look there.

      August 5, 2013

  • Eri

    Would anyone be interested in carpooling from the NW?

    August 4, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    It would be great to get a ride, if possible.

    August 4, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      I'm also in the south (near the NW end of Fish Creek Park), if anyone else is too.

      August 4, 2013

  • Lori (Laurence) M.

    Need a ride please

    August 4, 2013

  • Pei

    Hey Andy, what's the elevation to the high meadow? :)

    July 30, 2013

    • Pei

      hehe, thanks andy :) planning to bring the girlfriend along if she can make it and maybe also her beginner friend~

      August 2, 2013

    • Ari

      I must say I'm impressed your girl's coming back after stopping that nasty rock with her leg!

      August 4, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    The description says "The second part of the hike is marked by crossing over a creek (runoff from the Stanley Glacier)" Does the creek crossing mean walking over a bridge or walking through the water (if so, how deep ?)

    August 3, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Easy, no worries.

      August 3, 2013

  • kyiu

    Which provincial or national park this hike located?

    August 2, 2013

  • Katica

    I must comment this: " The first half of the hike leads up switchbacks through a huge burn, an area that fell victim to a lightening strike in 1968."
    So long time ago? It seems 45 years were not enough for the forest to grow up, and it looks like the fire was just few years ago - trees are still very small.

    August 2, 2013

  • Judith A.

    OK I see! RSVP's have not even opened yet!! The light shines!

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Judith A.

    Howcome it says, 31 July 10p.m., 1 attending and RSVPs Closed?? I would have liked to join!

    July 31, 2013

  • Anne M.

    Hi Andy, are we looking at about 1-1/2 to 2 hour drive to the trailhead? There are two RSVP times for Aug 4th - 10 am and 8 pm.

    July 31, 2013

    • Andy D.

      I'll have to fix that when I get home. Thanks.

      July 31, 2013

  • Anna

    I would like to go on this hike and I will need a ride, but getting to Shouldice Arena from the airport area by public transit is a bit of a challenge, especially over the weekend. Is anybody able to carpool at a Ctrain station? I will contribute to gas & park pass.
    Thank you.

    July 30, 2013

    • Chris

      Contact me, I live in the NE and you might be able to skip public transit

      1 · July 30, 2013

  • Jamie

    I will bring my car. Could take 2 people.

    July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello. I noticed that the time indicated is 7pm on Sunday, Aug. 11. I'm assuming this is a typo, but just wanted to check. Thanks.

    July 29, 2013

    • Katica

      So, just to let you know (who does not know), this destination is very nice: beautiful mountains, waterfalls, young forest and a lot of flowers. I went to the top of that trail, and there is a nice green "oasis" around nice creeks with transparent water. There was one prairie chicken mother with her chicks. Worth to go there, for sure!

      1 · July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! I hope to make it to that hike.

      July 29, 2013

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