Fats Domino found his thrill on Blueberry Hill.
So, can you guess where we're going?
Read this page in its entirety before you RSVP.
- Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM Shouldice Arena - RED Dodge Caravan
- Event Duration: 4 - 5 hours plus driving time (option to grab a bite in Canmore - Après-snowshoe)
- Difficulty Rating: OT3: Intermediate
- Distance: 10 ish km (some route finding may be required)
- Elevation gain: 300 ish meters
Directions to trail head
From the intersection of highway #1 and highway #40 turn left and head south on highway #40. Proceed for 50 kilometers on highway #40 and turn right on Kananaskis Lake Trail. Drive 9 kilometers on Kananaskis Lakes Trail and turn left into the Elk Pass Parking Area.
Hike Description (thanks to Scott McMillan's Blog "Hike Alberta")
This is NOT for beginners, your ability to maintain a steady moderate pace for the climb is essential. "The trail to Blueberry Hill is a very popular trail for cross country skiing in the winter and is probably the most scenic spot I have come across for a picnic. At the Blueberry Hill Lookout there is a fantastic view of Upper Kananaskis Lake, Mount Lyautey(to the west) and Mount Indefatigable (straight north)".
To get to Blueberry Hill the shortest route approximately 3.5 kilometers involves following the trail to Elk Pass to the intersection with the trail to Blueberry Hill.
Please note - your Host has been to Blueberry Hill, but not on this route - you have been warned!
Who can attend: Happy members, no guests, no children, no dogs.
Betty Blueberry will be serving cappuccinos at the top.
- Dress for the weather - layers (no jeans) - you'll warm up real fast & cool down quick.
- Hiking boots - Snowshoes - Hiking poles
- Bear spray if you have it
- 2 liters of water and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks, and/or a lunch
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Bring your crazy carpet for the slide ride back down the hill.
Any questions on clothing and/or gear requirements please shoot me an email.
- Money for:
- commuting - $20 for gas per person, paid in cash to your driver
Please read the following: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/Update_Carpooling_Etiquette_-Required_reading_io
Please take the time to answer question #1 when you RSVP so that we can make arrangements for carpooling. If you choose to not answer, then I may choose to move you to the wait list (you wouldn't like that).
WAIVERS: Your consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiverby clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form with me to the Calgary Meetup location and the trail-head. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike.
Your Host may be slow, but he is steady; however, he is a volunteer and not a trained guide. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current condition , current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible 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.
ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.
COMMENTS & QUESTIONS: Please message Event Host directly for a speedier reply. Thanks for reading.