From the carpool location we will drive to Chateau Lake Louise, take the trail to Saddleback Pass and from the pass to Fairview Mountain. The trail starts near the Lake Louise boat house, climbing gently 600 m for 3.7 km to the Saddleback Pass. From there a maze of hiker made trails winds its way up to the summit - another 415 m elevation gain over 1.3 km. At the summit (2,744 m) you will enjoy great views of Mt. Temple (3,544 m) and Mt Victoria (3,464 m) - the mountain is called Fairview for a reason. Return the same way as the ascent.
We will be hiking at a very moderate, but consistent pace. Elevation gain is the only thing which classifies this hike as difficult.
Difficulty: Difficult D5
Trail Length: 10 km (return)
Time to Complete: 5 hours
Elevation Gain: 1015 m
Drive Time to Trailhead: 2 hours
Expect and be prepared for: traversing steep slopes, some scree; sunshine; wind and lower temperature at the top; unexpected weather changes. Superb 360 degree view from Fairview Mountain (that's why it is called Fairview.)
Required items to bring:
o hiking boots (gaiters recommended to prevent fine scree an/or snow from getting into your boots)
o hiking poles - snow baskets recommended
o food and drink sufficient for 5-6 hours
o sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, tuque, neckwarmer or scarf.
o something to sit on at lunch break (piece of foam, garbage bag.)
o pants and jacket/shirt which will dry quickly (no cotton); windbreaker, rain jacket, WARM fleece; gloves; spare pair of dry socks; dress in layers, have extra warm layers to put on when we are at the top.
Safety Notes: The upper portion of the trail may already have some snow/ice patches and may be slippery. There are multiple paths to the top - some of them difficult. Participants have to hike as a group and follow the organizer. Temperature at the top may be only few degrees + wind.