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Bourgeau Lake - T3
Please note that the hike leaves from the Bourgeau Lake trailhead at 8:30 am. You will need to leave the city limits no later than 7:05 am. Don't forget to add in the time it takes to travel to the city limits! Please use the messages to make your own car pooling arrangements. If you need to be back in the city at a specific time, this is likely not a good hike for you as this will be a long day due to the length of the hike and travel. Although the pace will be relaxed, this is a difficult hike for experienced hikers only. Please ensure that you carefully research the trip before signing up. For the safety and enjoyment of both yourself and the group, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and capable of completing this hike and that you have the appropriate gear for all conditions. It is a requirement to read the following trip posting very carefully and to make the proper and responsible preparations for it. Failure to do so will result in a participant not being allowed on this trip. As a potential participant, you must check this trip posting for additional directions from the organizer, including trip cancellation. Your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides. The journey is as important as the destination. We will stop periodically for rest stops and to enjoy the views. This may not be the right hike for you if you want to race to the destination or if you don’t want to stay with the group. Trip Description: http://www.albertawow.com/hikes/Bourgeau_Lake/Bourgeau_Lake.htm Distance: 14.8 kms Elevation Gain: 725 m Physical Difficulty: T3 hikes may be narrow with steep sections. The trail tread may have a rough, uneven surface with rocks and tree roots protruding. Sections may have a loose surface requiring care to prevent slipping. Often these trails go straight up the fall line of a hillside rather than having switchbacks. Erosion from running water often degrades the trail tread. Wading of shallow streams may be required. Boots with good ankle support and more aggressive tread are best for these trips. It is expected that everyone stays together in a group for safety. If you are not willing to stay with the group, this hike may not be the right hike for you. Remember - the journey is as important as the destination! Required Gear: Appropriate footwear (hiking boots or hiking shoes), appropriate layers for the temperature (plus additional layers for when we stop), rain gear, sunscreen, personal-sized first aid kit, personal medications (if needed), water (at least 2 litres unless you need more) and lunch/snacks. Please bring a change of socks/footwear for after the hike and a plastic bag for dirty/wet hiking boots or shoes (keep your driver's car clean). Suggested Gas Fee Contribution: $25.00 WAIVER: You must sign our club waiver before you are allowed to go on this trip. You will need to provide an emergency name and phone number to be recorded on the waiver. The organizer will have a group waiver for you to sign at the meetup location and/or the trailhead. You are required to read the Slow and Steady Hiker Club Waiver prior to arriving: http://www.meetup.com/Slow-and-Steady-Hikers/pages/OUR_NEW_WAIVER/ Disclaimer: You are fully aware that your hosts are volunteers and not trained guides and you assume all responsibility for your own safety and well-being. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions (if applicable) for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

Bourgeau Lake Trail head

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