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.