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HIKE the GRASS PASS in the HIGHWOOD VALLEY

The pass offers great veiws north down Wileman valley and across to Holy Cross Mountain. The sunny south-facing aspect of this trail means that it is usually dry when many other trails in the area are still snowbound.The distance for this trail is 6.4 km. elevation gain is 425M..2-3 hours return plus 1hr each way driving time.We will drive to Sentinel Rec. area on hi-way #40 west of Longveiw. Once we reach the top of the pass we can do a short walk over to the celebrated Boundary Pine which is on the cover of R.M. Patterson,s book.He was a long time rancher and adventurer in the area over 60 years ago.I have done this hike 3 times already the most recent last May.Things you should bring are your backpack with lunch ,snacks ,water,proper hiking boots,rain coat or poncho ,warm jacket,bear spray if you have it.Please bring a pair of runners to change into after the hike and a plactic bag to put wet or muddy boots in.This will be a moderate pace hike.If you are in a big hurry and think there is a prize for the fastest and first person to the top,this hike is not for you If you have any questions about gear or any other concern email me or contact me directly via text or phone.([masked])If you are a passenger please bring some cash to pay your driver.

We will meet on the EAST LOT of Somerset/Bridlewood station directly across from Wendys/Tim Hortons. From there we will form a car pool depending on how many people show up.The trailhead parking lot may be trashed by the June flood so we may have to park in the ditch or grass.This would be a good beginner hike but remember its the Rockies not a walk in the park.Anyone from North Calgary who would perfer to drive via Bragg creek,we will meet you at the tourist booth in Longveiw at about 9;45-10a.m.After the hike we will meet at the Navaho Mug in Longveiw for a java/tea.Dogs welcome,no small children unless your dog is your only child.

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  • Anne

    A really nice hike!

    September 17, 2013

  • Clare

    great hike...special thanks to Wayne, Victor and Daniel

    September 17, 2013

  • Erika J.

    What a perfect day and a perfect bunch. Thanks Wayne for organizing and everyone else for the chats along the trail. I hope to reconnect with yall on another hike.

    September 16, 2013

  • Cathy

    Great hike with a group of awesome people! Thanks for the amazing day, and laughs too ;) Also, really good coffee shop.

    September 16, 2013

  • Hanif

    Awsome day , great hike , amazing views and awesome bunch of co-hikers. Thank you all .

    September 15, 2013

  • Hilary

    Beautiful day! Nice work out. Went straight to sleep when I got home. Hope to meet you all on a day when I'm less tired!

    September 15, 2013

  • June

    Fantastic day to hike. Awesome folks and great work out. Loved the trail and September air. Thanks Wayne and Daniel.

    September 15, 2013

  • Alex

    Perfect hike, nice people and thanks a lot to organizers.

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great time! Thanks to all the amazing people we met on this hike)))

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Good work out

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Sandi

    I loved the hike today, I really enjoyed meeting all of you. Thanks to the organizers !

    September 15, 2013

  • Jean

    Great hike

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am here,

    September 15, 2013

  • Clare

    A few minutes away

    September 15, 2013

  • Anilson C.

    I did not sign up for this hike or if I did it was a mistake, I am out of town. Weird!!!

    September 15, 2013

  • wayne

    Look for a big red Ford 150 truck in the east LOT parking lot

    September 15, 2013

  • Bruce

    Ive decided to go on another hike. Someone can have my spot. Have a great day in the mountains hikers!

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am confused by driving direction. Do I drive along highway 22X to breg creek

    September 14, 2013

    • wayne

      If you prefer not to go to Somerset LRT go on hiway 1 to Bragg Ck,then thru Bragg ck.and continue on #22 to Turner Valley,drive thru Turner Valley to Black Diamond to Longview staying on #22.Stop at the tourist info centre in Longveiw will be there about 9:45-10am.To avoid all this confusion it may be better to drive thru Calgary to Somerset LRT

      September 14, 2013

  • wayne

    Looks like it will be a nice day tomorrow.Get your Timmys fix across the street,BEFORE we leave.If anyone is coming on the LRT,and encounters a delay give me a heads up by calling or texting me at[masked]

    September 14, 2013

  • RITA N.

    Hi Wayne, I will drive and can take 3 others with me.

    September 14, 2013

  • Sonia T.

    Sorry cant make it. Not feeling well.

    September 14, 2013

  • Hilary

    Hey Corinne, what time should I be at Esso tomorrow?

    September 14, 2013

    • Corinne

      Hi Hilary...sent you a text :)

      September 14, 2013

  • Hilary

    Hi, Anyone passing 16th Ave. North and Edmonton Trail?

    September 13, 2013

    • Corinne

      Hi Jen. Where are you at. I do have room.

      September 14, 2013

    • Corinne

      Jen. Are you in the NE and need a ride to the Bridlewood LRT?

      September 14, 2013

  • Erika J.

    I'm driving from okotoks so I will just meet at the tourist centre at 9:45. If anyone else needs a ride from around there I have room. Looking forward to meetin everyone.

    September 14, 2013

  • wayne

    Under our gas fees by area and price the gas fee is $20 per passenger. I will be bringing maps and directions for the drivers if not familiar with the area,

    September 14, 2013

  • June

    Hi Wayne, I will also join the group in Longview. Thanks

    September 13, 2013

  • Hilary

    Hey Corinne, Thank you! I usually wait at the Esso station (north west corner of 16th&Edmonton). That way it's a quick pit stop without needing to search for my house. Let me know what time I should be there.

    September 13, 2013

  • wayne

    Everyone doing this hike should be showing up with at least a day hiker shoe or boot,no blue jeans or cotton.If you need a explanation as to ,why go on to discussion board and it will tell you.

    September 13, 2013

  • wayne

    When we all gather at Somerset we will figure out who wants to drive etc.so no need to worry.

    September 13, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Hi Wayne. I will be taking the Bragg Creek route and will meet the group in Longview. Thanks

    September 13, 2013

  • Keela

    I am really sorry to be cancelling at late notice. I so wanted to come but I need to go out of town this weekend. Hopefully there will be another nice weekend before the snow flies.

    September 13, 2013

  • Karen

    I am so sorry, I got my weekends mixed up & I'm working then. Hope to join a hike very soon.

    September 11, 2013

  • Hilary

    Hey Jamie, can I jump in with u at the Esso--16th Ave. & Edmonton trail?

    September 11, 2013

  • Mark

    while on your waiting list I joined another hike Sunday. thanks

    September 11, 2013

  • Hilary

    Wow, Wayne you've become the rockstar of hike leaders!

    September 11, 2013

  • wayne

    Sorry Mark l didn't reply right away,since I,m in Chicago and don't have excess to WiFi until l got back to my hotel.I,m going to increase the number of hikers and Daniel,a new organizer will split off and take some of the group .

    September 10, 2013

  • Mark

    why shouldn't the eleven (or so) on the waiting list do our own hike? I would think we should. Let us all know.

    September 10, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Daniel has been promoted to Assistant Organizer. He can co-host with Wayne or start a new meetup Grass Pass Part 2.

      September 10, 2013

  • John

    Has anyone been to this area recently? The site says open but the map shows closed updated Sept 5??? Maybe they forgot to update the map?
    http://www.albertaparks.ca/media/4098857/area_closure_status_map_20130905_637by1021.jpg

    September 9, 2013

    • wayne

      I just checked Ab. Parks and the hiway from Longveiw to Grass Pass had been is still open for over a month now

      September 9, 2013

    • John

      k thanks Wayne

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, just wanted to ask what level of difficulty will you consider this trail. I'm a beginner and don't really want to die on the way LOL)))
    Thanks!!!!

    September 5, 2013

    • Debbie T.

      Is there anyone in the North who would like to carpool to Bragg Creek?

      September 6, 2013

    • Jamie

      If I get on I will be coming along 16th Ave from north though Bragg Creek

      September 9, 2013

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