January 25, 2014 · 9:15 AM
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Our route up will follow the Skogan Pass Trail near Nakiska up to its intersection with a power line. From there we will snowshoe down in a deep snow along hydroline clearing.
Snowshoeing experience is not necessary, but one has to have proper equipment (see list below) and feel comfortable doing 12 km summer hikes with[masked] m elevation gain.
Difficulty: Intermediate (D3) Trail Length: 8-9 km (return)
Time to Complete: 5 hours Elevation Gain: about [masked] m
Drive Time to trailhead: 1 hour
From the carpool location we will drive to Barrier Lake Info Centre in Kananaskis and from there to the hydro line parking lot on Mt Allan Drive (paved road from Hwy.40 to Nakiska.)
The group will snowshoe or hike up the Skogan Pass trail. This is a track set, x-country ski trail, so we have to walk along its edge to make room for skiers. Snowshoes are OK, but if one has MICROSpikes or ICETrekkers he/she may find hiking somewhat easier than snowshoeing. The group will stop for a quick lunch at the trail intersection with a TransAlta power line then snowshoe down along the hydroline clearing.
Expect and be prepared for: hiking with snowshoes strapped to your backpack; snowshoeing down along hydroline in a soft snow about 50 cm deep on occasionally steep slopes.
Required items to bring:
o snowshoes – they can be rented for $12 at the University of Calgary http://www.calgaryoutdoorcentre.ca/rental
o or at Mountain Equipment Coop http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Services/Stores/Calgary/Rentals.jsp
o waterproof hiking boots + gaiters or high winter boots (mandatory)
o hiking poles or ski poles with snow basket (mandatory)
o MICROSpikes, ICETrekkers etc. - if one already has them
o food and drink sufficient for 4-5 hours
o something to sit on at lunch break (piece of foam, garbage bag)
o pants and jacket which will not get wet when you fall; toque, neck warmer, gloves, windbreaker (with hood if you have one); spare pair of dry socks; dress in layers, have something warm to put on when we stop for lunch and a set of dry clothes to change into when we get back to the cars.
Mountain snowshoes (see picture below) which have teeth along and across a snowshoe are strongly recommended. They provide much better stability when traversing a slope.
Tubular snowshoes with “mountain grip” (see picture below) are acceptable, but they do not have as good grip and are more awkward to strap to a backpack, so make them a second choice when renting.
Old style, wooden snowshoes or military ones of similar design are not acceptable.