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Boom Lake Snow Shoe - BNP - Easy/Moderate - T3

I thought it might be nice to go to Banff National Park for a change. About 2 years ago the Parks Service changed this winter trail and it is now considered to be a green zone or safe from avalanches. The trail is mostly sheltered by trees and opens up at the end to Boom Lake and a wall of granite peaks behind the lake. The lake is on the continental divide and has nice views. It is 10.4 km round trip and 180m (590 feet) of elevation gain, an easy day hike but with the extra driving time we will need to leave Calgary by 8:30am.

Distance: 10.4 km out-and-back roundtrip.

Time: 5 hours RT.

Height gain: 175 m (minimal)

Directions: Go west from Calgary, and continue west from Banff on the Trans Canada Highway (#1). Turn south-west on Hwy 93 to Radium, B.C. and ascend the continental divide. The trailhead is 7.1km down the road on your right (west) side just before you reach the summit of the divide (stay in Alberta) and starts at the end of a well marked parking area.

We will be in Banff National Park so you will need a park pass or purchase a day pass ($20/car) at the park entrance gate. The carpooling fare will be $20 per person for this one due to the driving distance and the park pass.

You will need a lunch and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks. A small thermos with a hot drink for lunch is nice but optional.
This will be a full day trip with us arriving back at Shouldice around 6:00pm If you have evening plans then don't come as there is a possiblilty we could be later.

I will bring the waiver to the trailhead for everyone to sign.

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  • Manuelle

    I really enjoyed it. Thank you Karen, Candice and everybody for a great day out!

    February 3, 2013

  • Jane S.

    A beautiful day out with s fantastic group. Thanks everyone!

    February 3, 2013

  • Manuelle

    I can walk long distances but am a slow walker. Would this be suitable or would I be a hindrance for the group?

    January 30, 2013

    • Candice B.

      Karen and I are never very fast so come join us. This is not a hard snowshoe so it is a good place to start with the group. Speed is very hard to judge because one persons slow may not be slow to another person. You may be faster than you think!

      January 30, 2013

    • Manuelle

      Thanks Candice, I will give it a try then.

      1 · January 30, 2013

  • Jane S.

    Passenger, have park pass.

    January 27, 2013

  • Karen L

    After Boom Lake I may add on a brief (2k RT) walk up Marble Canyon which is only 2km away by car from the parking lot. This will depend on weather and if folks are interested.

    January 18, 2013

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