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Canyon Creek Ice Caves Hike and/or Bike

  • Somerset/Bridlewood LRT

    Sommerset/Bridlewood LRT, Calgary, AB (map)

    51.045326 -114.058098

  • The Canyon Creek Ice Cave has been a popular outing since its discovery by Stan Fullerton in 1905. It was formed mainly by water-enlarging fractures in the limestone, and the entrance is enlarged by frost wedging during freeze-thaw cycles. Large areas of the cave have been sealed off by permanent ice. During the winter months, ice formations are sometimes visible near the entrance. Since the access road has been closed off to vehicles, accidents within the cave have reduced dramatically as those venturing to the cave are more equipped with proper gear.

    The entrance can be seen from up on Prairie Mountain, it is located behind it (North).





    Location: Ings mine parking lot 16 KM west of Bragg Creek on Hwy 66.



    Roundtrip: ~14 KM to cave entrance.

    Elevation: ~350 M

    Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours, Cave exploration adds to this, this is strictly the hiking time to/from entrance. Some of the group might ride bikes up the road. We can decide closer to the time, depending on the road and weather conditions.

    Difficulty: S5, (I'm calling it this due to the off-trail scramble like approach to the cave entrance, although this is a very short section and really not that difficult, it does require reading the terrain and finding a suitable way up.)

    If unsure what this means, please familiarize yourself. http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Trail_Rating_System/







    Required equipment/gear: Sturdy boots, rock helmet (no other type of helmet), headlamp with backup batteries (I advise against flashlights as you may need your hands free.), warm clothes - dress in layers (Cave temperatures in ice caves stay around -5ºC year round), coveralls or clothes that can get dirty are recommended for inside the cave, microspikes are very highly recommended for the approach, snacks and water for the day at least 2L.



    Helmets can be rented from the UofC outdoor center, MEC, other usual places.





    This is not a technical cave although there are some narrow passages you can try if you'd like, keep your limits in mind.

    Please update your RSVP if you're unable to make it. No shows set off fits of turrets.

    You may contact Mike at[masked], Deborah@ 403- 519-6352. Preferably via text.

    If you'd like to car pool, please arrange that with each other.





    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 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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  • Deborah P.

    Everyone, please check your email inboxes.....I have cancelled the hike! Let's go at the beginning of May when we only have rain to contend with.......and we can ride our bikes through mud!!!

    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Philip S.

      Roger. I'm looking forward to doing it in May. I hope everyone has a good weekend.

      February 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      0 email in my inbox regarding this one, cant login last night to the site and just found out the reason why this morning, k, thanks for the info. see u all soon, be safe and stay warm people :^)

      February 28, 2014

  • Daniele

    Deborah - I think this is a very good decision!

    February 28, 2014

  • Deborah P.

    Hi Everyone, the predicted temp for the start of this hike is -30C. I am concerned about hiking in this kind of cold on a road for 6km, going into a cold cave and then hiking out in predicted afternoon temp of -21 and thats the temps in the city.....I have sent Mike an email and we will be discussing the possibility of rescheduling the hike for later in March.......I will let everyone know ASAP.

    1 · February 28, 2014

    • Laurel A.

      Let us know if it gets cancelled. Deb, I'll e-mail you directly.

      February 28, 2014

    • Laurel A.

      Same place you were! Frozen solid cheesecake and all!

      February 28, 2014

  • Deborah P.

    Ok folks.....its going to be -27C on Sunday morning.....I aint tough enough to ride my bike in that temp.....I think we should all walk in and avoid frostbite.......so everyone, please plan on hiking in!

    1 · February 25, 2014

    • Mike S.

      There time change is for Calgary carpool. It should not affect the arrangements you already made.

      February 27, 2014

    • novelyn ann b.

      Thanks for the clarification..

      February 28, 2014

  • Alfredo

    Could you please clarify for me? Is it at 8:00am at The Ings mine parking lot 16 KM west of Bragg Creek on Hwy 66?

    February 19, 2014

  • Michelle :.

    Hi Mike, when you change the time to 7 am, do you mean 7 am at the trailhead? Or it is the for pick up at the Somerset station? Thanks! Just want to make sure! :)

    February 26, 2014

    • Mike S.

      7am I'd just for the Somerset carpool. 8 am at the trail head still

      February 27, 2014

  • Paul S

    I live in the NW. If anyone needs to be picked up somewhere like the Crowfoot LRT station, contact me and we can make arrangements.

    February 26, 2014

    • Mike R.

      Thanks, Paul

      February 27, 2014

    • Michelle :.

      Got it! Thanks Paul! And thanks Mike too!

      February 27, 2014

  • Daniele

    it looks like I am hiking - Anyone coming from Downtown/Sunnyside?

    February 26, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Alright; I updated the meetup for the carpool location and meetup time for that location (7AM at Somerset / Bridlewood)

    This doesn't affect those of you that already made your own arrangements to meet up at other locations in the city / at the trailhead - we will see you at the trailhead at 8AM

    February 26, 2014

  • Laurel A.

    The wind develops some attitude on that road coming around a few curves, so bring a good face covering balaklava, and hot shots for your mitts if you have them. Ski goggles work fantastic as face protectors in that temp as well. This is not mandatory stuff, but highly recommended if you have it, or can borrow it. I have two extra sets of ski goggles with minor scratches I'm willing to loan out, so just e-mail me from the site.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Jessica C.

    I'm kind of fed up of the uber-cold. I'm out... sorry Deb!

    February 25, 2014

  • Deborah P.

    Its going to be a cold bike/hike.....are we tough enough? It will be a very cold ride, for sure......If you were thinking of riding and have changed your mind, please let me know.....

    February 24, 2014

    • Deborah P.

      Thanks Mike!

      February 25, 2014

    • Michelle :.

      Ok thanks Mike! :)

      February 25, 2014

  • Karen L

    I'm in. Will hike rather than bike (less sucking of wind).

    February 24, 2014

  • Laurel A.

    I'm still in whether it's cold or not, but will hike with the other hikers. My bike is not reliable at the moment.

    1 · February 24, 2014

    • Deborah P.

      Ahhhh.....Laurel....you are tough enuf! Yeah!

      February 24, 2014

  • Cathrine M

    Family commitment. Sigh! have a great time.

    February 23, 2014

  • Mike S.

    I haven't decided between hiking or biking the road portion yet. I'll hike if I bring the kid, bike if I bring the rope.

    February 22, 2014

  • Mike R.

    Hiking....

    February 10, 2014

  • Cathrine M

    Hiking in. I don't expect that I can rig up my car to carry a bike and I don't expect someone else to bring it in for me :)

    February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    love to hike, andy, all organizers, 2084 guys and gals members happy valentines to all, see u all folks soon :)

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Deborah P.

    Thank you, Laurel for your comments and your support of our natural places to enjoy and be taken care of. I am absolutely everyone who joins in on the trip will endeavor to keep their footprint small.

    February 5, 2014

    • Andy D.

      Unless you have an extremely large waitlist you'll probably end up with around 16 hikers. A nice manageable number. Happens to me so often that come Thursday evening people start to drop off.

      1 · February 5, 2014

    • Deborah P.

      Kind of my thoughts too, Andy!

      February 5, 2014

  • Paul S

    I'll be hiking in.

    February 5, 2014

  • Laurel A.

    This is an awful lot of people in the confines of the cave at the same time. Hi everybody, I've been in the caves 6 times in the last year, it's one of my favorite places, and the ice structures can be spectacular (depending) on the season, but they are also very fragile. I don't want to jump rank on Deborah P, but I'm sure she would appreciate the support in saying that it's really important the delicate ice stalactites/stalagmites are not touched or leaned up against. Each time I go in, I see a small portion of trashed formation. It eventually grows back (or not) from season to season, but a group this size needs to be careful. This is a magical place, and I'm sure we would all like to leave it as magical as we found it. It's sad that spray paint graffiti has shown up on the walls, and I find beer cans/broken glass, but I have complete faith in all the outdoor clubs - we're out there to enjoy and respect our adventurous places. :-)

    February 5, 2014

    • Laurel A.

      And to answer the question ... if I get my mountain bike functional, I will be biking. If not, I'll hike with the other hikers.

      February 5, 2014

  • Alfredo

    Hiking!

    February 5, 2014

  • Jamie-Lee

    I will be hiking

    February 5, 2014

  • Stephen B.

    I will be hiking.

    February 5, 2014

  • novelyn ann b.

    Hi everyone.Just gotten a spot for this event.Just a point of clarification,will this event be hike and bike?I don't know how to bike honestly,lamenting to say.

    February 2, 2014

  • John M.

    I will bike in if others are.

    January 20, 2014

  • Deborah P.

    I am biking in, of course......

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Please let us know if you'll bike or hike into this.

    January 20, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Anyone wanting to car pool can meet me at Somerset LRT.

    January 20, 2014

  • Laurel A.

    If the road is even snow-free in March, a snow-friendly mountain bike may be a good option, as long as the plant which owns and patrols the road with ploughs doesn't take issue with it. They're usually a friendly lot when you pass on foot, but they still think we're nuts. I've been up to the caves 6 times on foot in the last year, the road is a gradual incline inbound with a few dips here and there. One thing you can bank on is that it won't be knee-to-waist deep in snow; it's well maintained. I'll throw myself on the waiting list. I know the route and permanent cave features pretty well, and this has become one of my personal favorites ... except for the road walk. Biking it would rock! I might make an enquiry beforehand with the company, but not refer to this trip. I've wanted to bike it for a while.

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • Mike S.

      I've biked it lots, there's also lots of mountain bike trails in back there on Moose Mountain.

      I just lock my bike up at the 'trail head'

      2 · January 14, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Well, that filled fast.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Karen L

    Bike!

    2 · January 13, 2014

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