Skogan Pass - Hydroline Snowshoe

  • 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
o or at Mountain Equipment Coop
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.

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  • Evelyn

    Skogan Pass - Hydroline Snowshoe: Perfect day! Great weather and wonderful people. The snow had a diamond sparkle, the sky was perfectly blue most of the day with only a few wisps showing up at the end. Couldn't have ordered better day.

    January 27, 2014

  • Doug V.

    Great day with good weather and good friends

    January 25, 2014

    • Diana

      Doug, I'm wondering what day u were thinking of doing beginner cross country ski next weekend. I could do Sunday, but not Saturday.

      January 26, 2014

  • Marek R.

    Nine snowshoers had a fabulous time. Lord blessed us with a clear blue sky, beautiful sunshine and a shining, sparkling snow. Three beginners got a taste of off-trail snowshoeing (thanks Doug for taking care of newcomers.) Lots of fun and laughter. The day ended with a pleasant dinner in Calgary. Thanks to each and every one of you for coming and for making it such a nice outing.

    January 25, 2014

    • Diana

      Yes it was! Thanks for everything Marek!

      January 26, 2014

  • Marek R.

    Weather forecast for tomorrow; sunny, high +8 and windy. We will be in the trees and on the leeward side of the mountain most of the time, but not all the time. Make sure that you have a windbreaker. The area has spring like snow conditions. If you have ICEtrekkers or MICROSpikes take them with you; you will find them more convenient than snowshoes on the way up. See you tomorrow; if you need to contact me tomorrow morning call my cell[masked]

    January 24, 2014

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