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D5 Easy & Short Scramble - Little Arethusa

CORA organizers no longer accept cash for memberships or drop ins. You must pay your $20 membership fee or $5 drop-in fee online before this trip. CORA rules mandate that I move non-members to the waiting list until they've paid their membership fee online.


I'm working a casino until late the night before and won't be good for anything work-related this day, so I'll be doing this short, easy scramble in prime golden larch territory. Little Arethusa is supposed to have fantastic views, and it's well off the usual larch trails. We'll be following Bob Spirko's route:

To make sure I know who's coming and their general level of experience (I need to know for planning/safety reasons), you can not sign up a guest. Everyone coming must sign up on their own. Please answer all questions during the RSVP process. If you don't I'll bump you to "Not Going" and you'll go to the back of the line until you provide all the answers.

"Easy" refers to the level of technical difficulty. Fitness wise, the trail is all uphill, even on the way back. You need to be in good shape. Please be realistic about whether you're in shape to make it to the top and back.

Be prepared for cold, windy, snowy weather one minute, clear skies and sun the next. 

I've never done this trip, so it will be an adventure.

There is a good chance that we could be turned back at any point due to snow, ice, wind, flood damage, rock fall, zombie marmots and any number of other conditions we encounter. When it comes to safety I'm conservative. All participants are expected to act as a responsible member of the group. If you don't intend to act as a member of the group, this trip is not for you. Shared values of my trips include personal responsibility and mutual reliance (we all look out for one another), fun, safety and respect. I'm not a guide, but I have the final say in matters of safety. Research the route. Assume that everyone but you will be hit in the head by a huge rock while a grizzly and cougar are playing tug-of-war with their bodies, leaving you alone to find your way back to the car.

Distance: About 4.5 km return

Time on the trail: 3 to 5 hours. I hope to be back in Calgary by 5 p.m., but no guarantees.

Height gain: About 650 meters

Dogs: Dogs are welcome on this trip as long as they are on a leash.

Driving and Directions: Head west on the Trans-Canada. Take the turnoff for Kananaskis Country/Highway 40. Drive south for about 67 km to Highwood Pass parking lot.

Click here for a map and driving directions.

Mandatory Gear:

Hiking boots (no runners or short-top day hikers)

• Climbing helmet (optional)

• Headlamp (just in case!)

• Sunscreen

• 2 or 3 liters of water

• Food

• First aid kit

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  • Ange

    Dang it! I was so looking forward to this hike but something came up and I'll no longer be able to make it :(

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to Calgary/Alberta so pardon my ignorance, but what temperatures would be encountered on this hike? Do you need any special gear?

    September 23, 2013

    • Ken

      Welcome to the Rockies! There aren't any forecasts for Highwood Pass, but I'm expecting between 0 and 10 C, possibly with some rain or snow. No special gear is required other than rain coat, gloves, toque, etc., but waterproof boots could come in handy. There could be some snow on the ground higher up, too.

      September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info Ken, much appreciated.

      September 24, 2013

  • Maija

    Surely the elevation gain is more than 150m. :)

    September 18, 2013

  • Darcy K.

    This is my favorite short trip. I have done it several times in the last few years. I did it last year, I think at the beginning of Oct.

    September 18, 2013

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