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Taylor Lake - Snowshoe - OT4 - Banff NP

Carpooling: If you need a ride from Calgary meet up at the Shouldice parking lot or arrange a ride with someone from closer to home using the email function on the meetup page. If you need a ride from the Cochrane area meet me at the top of the dirt road at Petrocan at the junction of Hwy 1 and Hwy 22. I will drive Candice from Petrocan.

Indicate on your RSVP if you need a ride or will drive people from Shouldice, from Petrocan, and/or if you will meet us at the trailhead at 10:30am after picking up passengers.

I will have the waiver with me at the trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead: The trailhead parking lot is marked "Taylor" with a sign on Highway 1. Go about 9Km past the Hwy 93 (Radium) junction North towards Lake Louise and the trailhead will be on the left with a left turn lane to cross the highway.

Trail Description: Distance:12.8 km

Difficulty: Moderate Elev. gain: 636 meters Time required: 3 - 5 hours

Uphill all the way!

This trail winds uphill through the forest in a series of switchbacks of moderate steepness. There is no view until you reach the lake. The lake is very pretty and surrounded by dramatic peaks (Mt. Bell). There are picnic tables for eating lunch.

Gear recommendation:

  • Snowshoes, kind of hard to snowshoe without them. Can be rented from UofC outdoor center or MEC, possibly other places.
  • Hiking/trekking/ski poles.
  • Warm waterproof boots.
  • appropriate winter clothing piled on in layers so you can de-layer as required should be quick/easy drying breathable clothing(Try to avoid cotton especially jeans)
  • Gaiters would be appropriate to keep the snow out of your boots
  • Food and water for the day.(something hot like soup, tea, hot chocolate...granola bars freeze)

I am not a guide so everyone coming should do their homework and be able to help in navigation.

Suggested car pool fare is $20.00/passenger, including park pass cost ($20/car)

No Guests ...your friends 18 and over must signup.

No Dogs

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 by your R.S.V.P 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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  • Candice B.

    Never again will I do this hike in Winter. Holy @#* was it cold. This is a great spot in the summer to walk through the trees and arrive at the lake but in the Winter....trees for 6 hrs suck. The people who cam on the hike are why I gave it 5 stars!!

    January 14, 2013

  • Karen L

    We missed the lake and ended up in Panorama meadow - a 12k hike turned into 18k at -30C.

    January 13, 2013

    • Andy D.

      Wow!!

      1 · January 13, 2013

    • Pearl T.

      In fact, i do not desire to set a record. it happens.

      January 13, 2013

  • Pearl T.

    5 star since we have it finished. Exceedingly cold today make it difficult.

    January 13, 2013

  • Karen L

    I'm giving this 5 stars only because we all made it out alive! No one can accuse any of us of being wimpy after this near death experience - not one complaint - we are slow but tough as nails.

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • Candice B.

    See you at the Petro can tomorrow. At the Top of the dirt road. Looks like a small group.

    January 12, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Pearl knows my car- black ford focus

      1 · January 13, 2013

  • Danny

    Karen, what vehicle you are driving tomorrow? We will be riding in a blue Toyota minivan.

    January 13, 2013

  • Danny

    Pearl & Yuki, you are both welcomed to ride with me from Shouldice. May I suggest to meet at the arena around 8:45 am so that we can meet the group at PetroCan ? Tks.

    January 7, 2013

    • Danny

      Pearl & Yuki, ok, agreed to meet earlier with the time in our email.

      January 10, 2013

    • Pearl T.

      See you 8:45am my cell[masked]

      1 · January 12, 2013

  • Judith A.

    I can't rent snowshoes in time, I think.. tried tonite at MEC- all gone!

    January 12, 2013

    • Candice B.

      You could try the outdoor centre at the uof c

      January 12, 2013

  • Lyne B

    Candice can I go with you? Lyne

    January 7, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Sure Lynn but be at shouldice 8:30 we need to be at Petro can before 9am

      January 7, 2013

    • Lyne B

      Thank you! I will be there. Lyne

      January 8, 2013

  • Karen L

    Candice, will you take Yuki and Pearl from Shouldice to Petrocan? I will drive us 4 from Petrocan.

    January 7, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Sure meet meet me at shouldice by 8:30 Pearl and Yuki.

      January 7, 2013

    • Candice B.

      looks like they made plans with Danny.

      January 7, 2013

  • Candice B.

    I have room for two if anyone else needs a ride from Shouldice.

    January 7, 2013

  • Lyne B

    Danny can go with you from Shouldice? Lyne

    1 · January 7, 2013

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