Aug 3, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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From the carpool location we will drive to the trailhead parking lot, which is 10 km south of the K-Country boundary on Hwy.40 (less than an hour drive from Calgary) and will hike the trail to Baldy Pass. Baldy Pass Trail has its own parking lot and pedestrian crossing (of Hwy.40)!!!
We will stay at the pass till sunset i.e. till about 10pm, likely hiking higher up the slopes of Midnight or South Baldy Peak, since the view from the pass is partially blocked by trees. Both slopes offer superb views mere 200m from the pass.
After the sunset we will return to the parking lot, hiking together as a group and turning our headlights on when it becomes necessary. There is only one intersection on the trail - very close to Hwy.40 and either trail leads to the highway.
The purpose of the trip is to enjoy mountain sunset and practice hiking together as a group when it gets dark (may come handy one day.) We will be hiking as a group at a very moderate, but consistent pace with very short stops for drinks, snacks and adjustments to the equipment. The group will be enjoying views from the Baldy Pass for at least half an hour.
Difficulty: Intermediate D3
Trail Length: 9 km (return)
Time to Complete: 4.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 600 m
Drive Time to Trailhead: 1 hour
Expect and be prepared for: Beautiful sunset; hiking back as a group with headlights on; wind at the pass; sudden temperature drop after sunset; excellent view of Nakiska, Mt. Lorette and South Baldy from the upper portion of the trail. Night time drive to Calgary – we will likely leave the trailhead parking lot before midnight and be home before 1 am.
Required items to bring:
o hiking boots (gaiters recommended; to prevent scree from getting into your boots and to keep your legs warm)
o hiking pole(s)
o camera, binoculars, cellphone
o food and drink sufficient for 5-6 hours
o headlights with spare batteries (mandatory)
o something to sit on at the pass (piece of foam, garbage bag)
o warm pants and jacket, tuque, gloves, neck warmer (temperature will likely drop below 10 degrees on the way back from the pass); windbreaker (with hood if you have one)