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Larch Valley- Sentinel Pass -T3

Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass- T3

9km to Larch Valley and 11.6km to the pass - I am going up to the top of the pass but this is an in and back so those who do not wish to climb this section can sit by the small lake at the bottom and enjoy their lunch while they wait.

Height gain 725m-This is a moderate hike but Beginners should be fine,

"A premier Canadian Rockies experience. Feathery larches--gold in fall--tranquil tarns, eroded pinnacles and outstanding views"

Access Point: Moraine Lake Parking Lot (follow the lakeshore, right, to the trail marker sign). This parking lot gets full fast so we want to get there early.

No speed demons - I hike at a slow to moderate pace taking brakes on the way up.

The group must stay together this trail often has a 4 person min hiking restriction.

If you cannot hike with the group at a slow pace DON'T SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE.

Suggested Car fare 25.00 plus park entrance fee.(Cash)

No Guests Everyone must Sign Up

No Dogs on this hike.

-Please do not ask me when we will be home I will not answer-

There is a snack shop of sorts at Moraine Lake we can sit outside at the tables after the hike and have a cold drink if everyone is interested-

There is a good possibility that we will have to take a shuttle bus up to Moraine lake Parking Lot. This Trail and area are extremely popular and they often close the parking lot by 9am. The shuttle is free. Everyone coming should be at Shouldice by 6:45am so we can leave right away. I will be driving and can take 3 passengers. We will need 2 other cars, only two we want as few cars going as possible.



Dress appropriately for the weather - 

clothing/layers - no cotton, no jeans



Hiking boots/shoes



Hiking poles(if you use them)



Bear Spray (if you have it)



Extra Snacks and/or Packed Lunch



Water at least 2-3L



Camera (optional)



Pack garbage out



Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers; I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meet up location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. 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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  • Christophe

    Hi guys,

    I totally messed up my wake-up call. My apologies. I wish I did not make that mistake. See you later. My apologies again.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Candice. 7:00 and 5 of us are here. You on your way?

    September 22, 2013

  • Diane B.

    I have decided to pass on the hike today as I am not feeling 100% energetic this morning and I also would like to wait until I could hike the pass in better weather if possible. Wishing you all a great day.

    September 22, 2013

  • Diane B.

    Hi Candice, will you decide before we meet at Shouldice as to where we are going?

    September 21, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    Hi Candice, and Hikers:
    I did some of this hike today and the larches have indeed started showing off prettily for us. However so was Mother Nature and it rained quite a bit for quite a while, with a bit of snow. The trails are likely a bit slippery. Therefore, I would also recommend enclosed footwear with really good traction, hiking sticks, gortex outerwear and a sit-upon for lunch comfort as well as Pack covers. There were some spots up at the parking lot when we got there at 9:00am but it was all gone by 9:05am. Those who didn't want to gamble, and went to the shuttle pick-up first did not wait long in the am, but there was a bit of a line up for going down. (Not sure how long it was though.) So first ones down may want to get in line sooner than later.

    Happy Trails! :)

    September 21, 2013

  • Candice B.

    Weather update for tomorrow is not great. Looks like rain and possibility of snow. Only 1 mm so I will still be going but those that decide to come bring rain gear, warm layers (hat and gloves). Something warm for lunch might me a good idea.
    Bathing suit....if it really snows on us we can go sit in the hot springs. :)

    September 21, 2013

    • Candice B.

      weather looks better is we stay closer to Kananaskis so We could go do Wasootch Ridge :)

      September 21, 2013

  • Raymond H

    Candice
    Do you mind stopping by petro Canada at hwy 1 & 22?
    Or I can meet you at the trail head.

    September 21, 2013

    • Raymond H

      Great I will wait for you guys in front of petro canada

      September 21, 2013

    • Raymond H

      I might end up driving my miata :)

      September 21, 2013

  • Christophe

    Very excited about this hike. I did Eiffel lake, Wenkchemna pass last week and it was fabulous !

    September 21, 2013

    • Candice B.

      I have done that hike too...you will like this one more... ;)

      September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive if you need someone

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Cathy

    Sorry I have to cancel. I've caught a cold and am not feeling well enough to hike :( Have a great time.

    September 21, 2013

  • Dawn A.

    Is there a waiting list for this hike or a 13th spot? Need an outing bad!

    September 20, 2013

  • Diane B.

    I have room for three if needed also. My lungs are sensitive to strong scents and the smell of cigarette so I would prefer if I could avoid that in a confined vehicle. Thank you for your understanding.

    September 20, 2013

  • Bruce

    I am looking to carpool with someone from Shouldice. Any one available? Happy to assist with gas money.
    Thanks.

    September 19, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Bruce there will be a ride for you please just meet us at Shouldice.

      September 20, 2013

    • Bruce

      Thank You Candace.

      September 20, 2013

  • Shu (Sue) Y.

    Candice,

    I canceled since Mark missed the registration.

    September 19, 2013

  • Aleksandra

    I'm sad - I cannot go (it's emergency).
    Have the most beautiful time in the mountains:)

    September 19, 2013

  • Candice B.

    Some of you are on two hikes this weekend. That is OK as long as you do both hikes. If you do not come to my hike ...because well after Saturday you decide you are tired...you are being unfair to others in the club. So please be sure you will be doing both hikes or take your name off one.

    Thank you :)

    September 19, 2013

  • Hanif

    How do I register for this hike ?

    September 17, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Registration opens tomorrow.

      September 18, 2013

    • Diane B.

      No problem, thanks. I have room for three people (non smokers) please. I am sensitive to certain strong scents....sorry

      September 18, 2013

  • Diane B.

    Candice the initial invite stated that RSVP was the 18th at 12:am and this one says the 19th, I guess since it is past 12 that it must be the 19th but I do want to register because this is the hike I really hoped would come up, I would then pass on going to the Boulder one on Saturday. Thank you!

    September 18, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Sorry Dianne I had to check with Parks about the parking at Moraine Lake so I delayed the registration date. :)

      September 18, 2013

  • Diane B.

    In a nutshell what would you say is the difference between this one and Boulder Pass

    September 17, 2013

    • Candice B.

      I have never done Boulder Pass but this one will have more people on it. Very popular trail.

      September 17, 2013

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