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Canadian Rockies "Proposal"­

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    420-A Weedpatch Highway, Bakersfield, CA (map)

    35.353561 -118.914658


    Note this trip is being postponed until next summer at which time I hope we can pull this off. So, if interested but you couldn't make it this year make plans for next summer. I've replaced the Canadian Rockies trip with a trip to the Pacific Northwest if you are looking for a two week hiking and camping trip.




    Canadian Rockies/Glacier National Park Proposal

    This summer I am seriously considering taking a three week trip to the Canadian Rockies which might include a two or three day stop at Glacier National Park on the way home. At the present time we are in the initial planning stage of what we anticipate and hope will be an incredible once in a lifetime camping, day hiking, and a bit of sight seeing trip to some of the most spectacular hiking trails North America has to offer.

    Yoho National Park










    General Description of the Trip

    Here is a “general” description of the trip for everyone’s consideration. We will leave in the middle of July. At this point the departure date posted is tentative and subject to change by a few days here or there. A finalized departure date will be posted at a later time once I assess the probability of the trip and the trip will last around three weeks. Our first stop will be in Banff which will take a couple of days to get to by car. Banff is located about an hour and a half from Calgary Alberta. Once we arrive in Banff we will hike and do a bit of sightseeing for five or six days. After our stay in Banff we will either go to the Lake Louise/Yoho National Park area for a couple of days or head directly to Jasper Alberta. We will stay in the Jasper area for five or six days. While in the Jasper area we may spend a night camping in the Mount Robson area while we hike the “world famous” trail to Berg Lake/Mount Robson. After our time in Jasper we will either head back to California or, if time allows and there is interest, we may take a side trip to the Glacier National Park.

    Iceberg Lake Glacier National Park










    Updated Canadian Rockies


    Here is an updated “tentative” itinerary of the potential hikes, campgrounds, and sightseeing opportunities of our trip.



    Tunnel Mountain Campground

    Johnston Canyon Campground

    Tentative Hiking Schedule

    1.* Cory Pass-Mount Edith Loop hike: 8 mile hike

    2. Johnson Canyon/Ink Pots: 8 miles

    3.* Stanley Glacier: 5 Miles or more

    4. Healy Pass/Egypt Lake: 15 Miles

    5. Sunshine Village/Rock Isle Lake/Citadel Pass: 12 Miles

    6. C-Level Cirque: 5 Miles

    7.* Floe Lake and the “Rockwall”/Kootenay National Park: 13-16 Miles

    8. Wonder Lake/Pass/Mt. Assiniboine: 16 Miles

    Floe Lake and the Rockwall








    Sightseeing Opportunities

    1. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

    2. Cave and Basin National Historic Site

    3. Banff Upper Hot Springs

    4. Whyte Museum of the Rockies

    5. Vermillion Lakes

    6. Town of Banff

    Vermillion Lake







    Lake Louise/Yoho National Park


    Lake Louise Campground

    Kicking Horse Campground/Yoho NP

    Tentative Hiking Schedule

    1. Plain of the Six Glaciers and Teahouse: 7 Miles

    2. Larch Valley to Sentinel Pass: 7 Miles

    3. Moraine Lake/Valley of the Ten Peaks to Wenkchemna Pass: 12 Miles

    4. Lake O’Hara/ Lake Oesa/Opabin Plateau Loop Circuit: 10 Miles… This trip involves a four and a half mile bike ride to the trail head.

    5. Emerald and Hamilton Lake and Falls: 7 Miles

    6. Iceline Summit/Yoho Valley/Whaleback loop: 10-12 Miles

    Trail to Plain of the Six Glaciers








    Sightseeing Opportunities

    1. Takakkaw Falls

    2. Burgess Shale

    3. Fairmont Chateau/Lake Louise

    4. Samson Mall/Lake Louise

    Takakkaw Falls











    Columbia Icefield


    Wilcox Creek

    Columbia Icefield Campground

    Tentative Hiking Schedule

    1. Wilcox Pass: 5 Miles

    2. Nigel Pass: 9 Miles

    3. Columbia Icefield: 2 Miles

    4. Helen Lake/Dolomite Pass: 10 Miles

    Trail to Wilcox Pass












    Jasper National Park


    Whistler’s Campground

    Tentative Hiking Schedule

    1. Mount Edith Cavell/Meadows Loop: 5 Miles

    2. Maligne Canyon: 5 Miles

    3. Opal or Bald Hills: 5-6 Miles

    4. Watchtower Basin/Shovel Pass: 12-16 Miles

    5. Mount Robson/Berg Lake: 16-24 Miles…This hike includes an eight mile round trip mountain bike ride.

    6. Tonquin Valley/Ramparts: 18-20 Miles

    Mount Edith Cavell










    Sightseeing Opportunities

    1. Maligne Lake Boat Tours

    2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

    3. Jasper Tramway

    4. Miette Hot Springs

    5. Downtown Jasper

    6. Edith and Annette Lakes

    Maligne Lake










    Basic requirements for this trip

    1. Must have a spirit of adventure, exploration, and curiosity and be willing to be flexible and able to wing it at times…because…during a three week trip we will no doubt face unexpected challenges, like weather for example, which are out of our control and thus we will need to be able to adapt and accept potential changes and limitations.

    2. Willingness to put the safety of the group ahead of one’s personal interests or ambition. While I don’t consider myself a micro-manager, “on this trip”, I do expect us all to stay together, for the most part, and be in communication at all times. The Canadian Rockies is a wilderness area which I suspect is unfamiliar to most of us and the home of “massive” glaciers, lingering summer snow fields and potentially dangerous Grizzly Bears.

    3. One “must” be in a average to above average hiking shape. This is a hiking trip, first and foremost, and everyone needs to be able to keep up with the group or at least accept one’s limitations and be willing to turn back on their own or perhaps skip a hike here or there. The majority of the hikes should be accessible to most in good shape but there are a number of potential hikes in the 14 to 20 mile range which will be a challenge even for anyone in great shape.

    4. You need to passport by the time of the trip.

    5. Bear Spray and bell.

    6. Rain gear…coats and gaiters primarily…and…a tent that can stand up to

    potential rain off and on for a couple of days.

    Final Note: Bill has traveled and hiked in all the major mountain ranges in the western U.S. and Canada and consider the Canadian Rockies the crown jewel of North America. I do realize this trip is a financial and serious commitment but one I believe is worth it. Hope you can join us!

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  • Terry

    definitely would like to do this next year

    June 30, 2013

  • Viva A.

    I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend due to some issues have been happened recently, and I need to be in Bakersfield. Wish U will have a great time, & my spirite is with you. Once again thank you Bill. All the best.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Couldn't attend the mtg at Bill's this last Sun. What next? Will there b another mtg or another way of "screening" people that I need to know about? Am hoping to b included in this awesome opportunity.

    May 6, 2013

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    May 6, 2013

  • Carlos

    Bill, did you take those photos??? Those are beautiful. I wish I could go. but already committed to my kids to roam other parts of the USA.

    March 9, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Carlos, no I didn't take any of these photos. I do use my own photos when I am scheduling hikes to areas I have been to before...Sorry, you can't join us but if you change your mind let me know. I've hiked all over the western U.S. and in my opinion the Canadian Rockies has the most spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities of anywhere I have ever been...

      1 · March 10, 2013

    • Carlos

      Thanks. I may do so next year if not in Europe. I really enjoyed those photos and didn't realize the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. I had overlooked them too long. I want to finish seeing all the US national parks. I'm sure I'll catch you kids later on. Keep trekking buddy. Safe voyage; Respect.

      March 10, 2013

  • Carlos

    These pictures are gorgeous.

    March 8, 2013

    • Bill B.

      As beautiful as these pictures are Carlos, standing there face to face is heaven on earth...

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • fmneese

    Would like to join you for at least part of the trip. Can't take the whole time off from work but would love to catch up with the group for about a week.

    February 13, 2013

    • Bill B.

      we will have a info meeting sometime in March or early April so you and others can get an idea of what we will be doing. After one week you may not want to come back...just giving you a warning!

      February 13, 2013

  • Viva A.

    Good morning Bill. Waverly and I are highly interested. However, we are good to hike less than 7 miles. Of course, we do not mind to miss most of hikes. But we do not like to affect the spririt of our team. What do you think?

    February 7, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Viva, you are more than welcome to come if you don't mind limiting what you do with the rest of the group. At this point I would suggest you come to our planning meeting which will probably be scheduled for April sometime. That should give you a better idea whether this trip is right for you and Waverly...Bill

      February 7, 2013

    • Viva A.

      Yes, we will look forward to come to planning meeting in April. Thank you.

      February 9, 2013

  • Brent W.

    What great event hiking the Canadian Rockies. Unfortunately, I have a conflicting prior commitment that I need to honor during the timeline for this meet-up.

    February 8, 2013

  • Bea C.

    I am so glad that I went to work everyday and saved up all my vacation--cause now I am going to have a blast this Summer !! WooHOOO !! I'm going to the Canadian Rockies !!! Move over BullWinkle!!

    February 7, 2013

  • Paul

    I'm seriously considering a career change that will allow me to take more than 2 weeks of vacation every year.

    2 · February 6, 2013

  • Bea C.

    If I can get the time off then I will go. I have hiked the Highline Trail Loop and Iceberg Lake. I hope that I can hook up with a driving partner cause it's a very long drive for one person.

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bill, That;'s an incredible trip you have planned. Banff is on my short list and hope to fly there and stay for a week this year. Don't think I can do it in July but WOW what an adventure.

    February 6, 2013

  • Lori B

    Would you be open to someone joining you for only a week out of the 3 week trip? If so, I'd be interested! :)

    February 5, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Yes, Lori people can stay for as long as they want...but...since it will take over two days to get there that may not leave you much time to do much...

      1 · February 5, 2013


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