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. :-)
Trail distance and elevation: 16.4 km return, 290 m elevation gain
Details about the trail: This popular trail, beginning at Takakkaw Falls, leads to views of four waterfalls: Angel's Staircase, Point Lace Falls, Laughing Falls, and Twin Falls. I plan to stop at all of them. While the distance is intermediate, the elevation gain isn't too bad, so if you're up for the distance, feel free to try this trail with me. A great deal of this trail is relatively flat, with one strenuous climb that each person can take at their own pace, followed by some ups and downs leading to the spectacular Twin Falls. There is a backcountry lodge there, however, don't count on them for food or drink. (There is also a pit toilet there).
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: Takakkaw Falls Parking Lot. Follow Highway 1 west into Yoho National Park. Just past the viewpoints for the Spiral Tunnel, you'll turn right onto the Yoho Valley Road (marked for Takakkaw Falls as well). You'll follow a twisty mountain road to the parking lot at Takakkaw Falls – note that there are two tight switchbacks in this road, one after the other, and trailers and RVs are not allowed up this road. We'll meet near the washrooms.
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 7:00 am, to arrive at the trailhead approximately 10:00 am. I expect us to be off the trail around 5-6:00 pm. We can stop for supper/large snack in Lake Louise on the way home. Don't make plans for this evening, as we'll likely be home late.
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.
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 someone we can contact in the event you are injured or ill. 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.