Hike with the GWAS - Hidden Pass & Black Rock Nubs - CANCELLED

Once again we are joining up with the folks from the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society. This has become one of our favourite and best attended events on our calendar. These hikes are educational in nature as our hosts have a wealth of knowledge about the area that they live in and are trying to protect from over development and abuse. The hike is accessed via a 16 Km drive along the Transalta Road; this is a poorly maintained gravel road better suited to sturdy vehicles with good clearance. If any of you have such a vehicle and can take some riders it would be appreciated. Heinz says he will try to have some seats available from his group too.

Distance on trail: 10.8 Km return

Elevation gain: 701 m

~ This hike involves some scrambling and has some fantastic scenery and various terrain. A photogenic trail.


* Good hiking boots or shoes. Traction is important!
* Hiking poles if you have them
* Proper clothing suited to the weather
* Lunch and plenty of water
* A camera to capture the day


We try and reduce our carbon footprint by carpooling. We also like to arrive as a group to make the outing enjoyable for all. Remember, if you have a vehicle which is good on gravel roads, we'd appreciate you driving. We will be meeting up with the GWAS group at the Bar C signpost and going from there.


When responding to this outing make sure you tell us on the conversation board if you are riding or driving.

eg. Hi I'm Sue and I can take 3 people in my car. Hi I'm Dave and I need a ride.

This really helps us organize things and makes sure whoever wants to join us can do so. PLEASE do not try to arrange seats with the drivers - we will do that in the parking lot the morning of the hike. We just need to know how many seats are available and how many seats are needed. We suggest a stipend of $5 per passenger to the drivers to cover the cost of fuel. Thanks.


We need to be at MEC by no later than 7:45 am so that we can load and go on time. Our group has to be out there by 9am to meet up with the GWAS.


See you all on the 24th!

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  • Darren M.

    Sorry but the GWAS has cancelled Saturday's event but will host us at a better time in the future. Stay posted for the next event which will be in June.

    May 22

    • Tiffany M

      I will be away in June but look forward to connecting with the group at a future hike. :)

      May 22

  • Darren M.

    Hi everybody, I'm sure by now that you've received my e-mail regarding a change of events for Saturday. So we'll get the group vote and then go forward from there. I'd like to have an answer by this evening if possible to make arrangements if needed. Thanks for responding!

    May 22

  • Martha P.

    Hola! I would like to go. I will need a ride though. Thanks

    May 22

  • Darren M.

    Mahshad - Are you driving or riding? Please let me know as I'm trying to co-ordinate transportation there and back, plus transport up the T/A road. Thanks.

    May 21

    • Darren M.

      We'll see about travel arrangements depending on the results of the group vote in regards to the change of events for Saturday

      May 22

  • Asya

    Hello group,
    it sounds like a very interesting trip. I will need a ride as I do not drive. I live in Dalhousie, NW. Thank you for your wonderful ideas!

    May 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I join this group to start hiking I am really a newbie and wonder if this something suitable for newbie? Never hiked before

    May 21

  • Joanne C.

    Hi, I am Joanne. I will be travelling from Okotoks so able to bring people to the MEC, but probably not able to take my car on the dirt track. I will have up to 6 seats available.

    May 19

    • Darren M.

      Hi Joanne. I appreciate the offer of driving some of us out there. I'm trying to arrange transportation from the trailhead and will know how many seats are available soon as most of our vehicles seem unsuitable to go down the T/A road. Keep posted....

      May 21

  • Alex

    Hello. I would like to join this event. I will not be able to provide a car. As I live in Canmore I would like to meet the group in Cochrane and carpool with someone please. Thanks!

    May 4

    • Darren M.

      Shouldn't be a problem with Cochrane being on the way; we're trying to figure out how many seats are available for the T/A road trip in. Will post results soon.

      May 21

  • Darren M.

    As it seems that no-one has a vehicle to go up the T/A road, I've e-mailed Heinz to see how many seats his group may have available for us on Saturday. I will let you know the minute I get an answer. I'm in the same boat; I can take 3 to the trailhead but no further. We'll get an update on the road conditions as well.

    May 21

  • JR

    Another link to the TransAlta Ghost River Road

    May 21

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