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.
- 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.
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.