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observation peak D7moderate hike /D4 easy scramble

  • Jul 27, 2014 · 7:00 AM
  • McMahon Stadium

Please pay your member fees prior to the event or you will be taken off the list ...
20$-membership , 5$ - guest fee.

1100 meters gain.

Possible hands on 

  Highlights This scramble offers beautiful views of Bow Lake and the Wapta Icefield. It has a short approach and well worth the effort. Lots of scree but you can pick your way for the best footing.Getting ThereHead west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway # 1 to Lake Louise 187km (116.9 miles). Continue west on the TransCanada for another 2.5km and take the Icefield Parkways / Jasper exit (highway 93) going north. Head north 39km (24.4 miles) to the Bow Summit area. Near the left hand turn into the Peyto Lake viewpoint there is a right hand turn onto a gravel road. Take the right hand turn onto the gravel road and drive a few hundred yards to a spot where the road is impassable. From this spot you are looking right at the slopes of Observation Peak. 

  Route Description From the gravel road parking spot take a look at the various gullies on the face of Observation Peak. There is more than one way up but our route goes up the right hand gully. Head down the road for a few minutes and just before the road turns left head off right and begin a bit of route finding in a South then Easterly direction to gain entrance to the right hand gully.If you have to do more than class 2 scrambling in the gully or above you are off route from the easiest way up and should reconnoiter your route if your intent is to find the easiest way up. Some experienced scramblers may purposely take a harder route because they want more of a challenge. it looking to your right for a short steep slope to exit the gully. This of course assumes you are in the correct gully, if not you will have to route find your way and rely upon your own level of experience and skill. Climb up this short steep slope to gain access to the terrain to the right of and above the gully. From here you angle left and up a break in the upper cliffs then a short ridge scramble to the lower peak. From here you will see the true summit down a short connecting ridge and 20 minutes further north. Go straight north from the connecting ridge and not up the rounded hump as this hump is lower than the true summit. Be careful on the connecting ridge as there is a bit of EXPOSURE here. 

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  • patrick

    Awesomeness

    July 28, 2014

  • patrick

    Awesomeness

    July 28, 2014

  • patrick

    Awesomeness

    July 28, 2014

  • Eugene

    Great hike, great group, amazing view thx Patrick

    July 28, 2014

  • Mihaela

    I agree with Pam. Great hike, great group, gorgeous views and perfect weather. thanks Patrick. hope to hike with you guys again :)

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Pam

    This one will go down as one of my favorite hikes ever. Perfect weather, BEYOND amazing views at the peak and warm, engaging conversations along the way. Tough hike with scree pretty much the entire way but lots of fun scrambling with no exposure (just the way I like it!). Thanks, Patrick for organizing and thanks to everyone for making this a great day.

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • patrick

    if you could be at the carpool spot for 7 at the latest for its about a 3 hr. Drive To the trailhead and if you're running late txt me please.

    July 26, 2014

  • Joe

    Can drive have room for 3 no park pass might buy one

    July 26, 2014

  • Shaun M.

    Can I grab a ride from some one I don't have a park pass

    July 26, 2014

  • Kathy

    Sorry, have to drop out due to a minor health concern. Was looking forward to it.

    July 26, 2014

  • Phil P.

    Feeling a bit under the weather and will have to pass on this event. Hoping to do another soon.

    July 26, 2014

  • patrick

    no cottons , bring lots to drink and park passes are needed if no one has one the carpool will have to split the cost.

    July 24, 2014

  • Benoit

    Not sure if you saw... but there is a wild fire ~30km from our destination.... probably nothing to be worry about, but we should keep an eye on it http://srd.web.alberta.ca/rocky-mountain-house-area-update/

    July 23, 2014

    • patrick

      maybe hinder the view...

      July 24, 2014

  • Benoit

    Hey Patrick, just sent my payment

    July 22, 2014

  • Morgan

    Catch you next trip Patrick!

    July 22, 2014

  • Mihaela

    Ok Eugene thanks :) see you sunday

    July 21, 2014

  • Yvonne

    I prefer to be a passenger too!

    July 21, 2014

  • Eugene

    Mihaela I can drive You, this time both ways :)

    July 21, 2014

  • Eugene

    Hi Patrick,
    I have paid membership 2 days ago and have email confirmation

    July 21, 2014

  • Eugene

    Hi,
    I can drive and take 4 persons with me

    July 20, 2014

    • patrick

      Good

      July 20, 2014

    • patrick

      Uegene can you pay your fee please...

      July 21, 2014

  • patrick

    Marang the link below isn't the same one we're going on however it is 1100 m. Gain

    July 21, 2014

  • Mihaela

    I prefer to be a passenger :)

    July 20, 2014

  • patrick

    for those who can drive maybe you could mention something in the comment section

    July 20, 2014

  • Mihaela

    Patrick I paid my membership too :) see you next sunday

    July 19, 2014

  • Eugene

    Hi Patrick,
    I just paid my membership fee.
    See You on the hike.

    July 19, 2014

  • Phil P.

    I've paid the membership fee. Looking forward to my first hike with CORA. I will be looking to get a ride to and from the trail head.

    July 19, 2014

  • patrick

    you can pay your membership fees through PayPal online

    July 19, 2014

  • patrick

    if you don't pay your guest fee or membership fee your name will be taken off the list , if you have any questions my phone number is 4:[masked]

    July 18, 2014

  • patrick

    I won't be able to post anything until Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday however the people who have RSVP'd and are not 2014 members will have to pay a 5$ guest fee online or the $20 membership fee prior to the event.

    July 18, 2014

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