Icers or cleats are highly recommended as we will be going over some ice flows and the trail will have hard packed snow and icey sections along with possible deep snow in sections so gaitors are a good idea.
We will start out on Pine Ridge Trail taking it up to the lookout where we will have lunch and enjoy the view. On the way back we will come down Balsam and Death Valley trails. The distance will be approximately 12km with an elevation gain of about 250m. Adult trip no pets please.
You will need a lunch and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks. A small thermos with a hot drink for lunch is nice but optional. Large heavy coats will be too hot for climbing hills and overheating causes energy loss. I suggest you dress in layers and NO COTTON. Make sure you have room in your pack to store your coat if you need to take it off for awhile because you are overheating and remember to bring an extra pair of warm dry mitts to put on after lunch. We will hike at a leisurely pace with little stops to catch our breath so everyone enjoys the day and so we can admire the view and take pictures.
ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. We will meet at the first parking lot on the left as you turn into Heritage Park, this parking lot is ok to park in on weekends but not during the week. There will be a carpooling fee of $15 per person paid to your driver, please have correct change. For those who don't mind taking their car and some passengers please indicate as a comment when you RSVP. This will be a full day trip with us arriving back at Heritage Park late afternoon. We will leave within 5 minutes of the posted meeting time, please come 10 minutes early. If you have a problem and need to let me know you are on your way my phone is 403-826-1355, if texting please put your name in the text.
By registering for this hike, you signify that you're aware of the risks associated with nature hiking and are aware of your physical limits and how they relate to this particular event. You also signify that you take full responsibility for your safety (although we’ll all do our best to ensure that everyone returns safe and sound) and don’t hold the organizer of the hike or the organizers of this group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation.