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Elbow Valley Combo, Kananaskis, Beginners

  • Sep 15, 2013 · 9:00 AM

BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE:

Read the entire hike posting. Every. Single. Word. I don't mind answering questions, as long as they aren't already answered in the hike posting.

Be willing to hike at the pace of the slowest. Leave your long sighs, eye-rolls and impatience at home, please and thank you. Those of us who actually are slow hikers will appreciate it. :-)

Trail distance and elevation plus estimated time to complete: The plan is to do three short trails in the Elbow Valley, all within a short drive of one another: Diamond T Loop, Elbow Valley, 4.3km, 125m elevation gain (1 ½ – 2 hrs); Beaver Lodge Interpretive Trail, Elbow Valley, 2 km, no elevation gain (1 hr or less); Elbow Falls Interpretive Trail, Elbow Valley, .8km, 25m elevation gain (About an hour, or however long people want to linger.)

Details about the trail:

Diamond T. Loop: We'll share this trail with cyclists and horseback riders – it's a pleasant rolling trail through forest and meadows.

Beaver Lodge Interpretive: A short interpretive trail where you can learn about the habits and engineering capabilities of beavers.

Elbow Falls: a paved pathway leads around this area to different viewpoints of the falls and river.

We may also stop at Forgetmenot Pond for our lunch, a stroll or to dip our feet in the pond. Plan on a leisurely day, short hikes with short drives between. We may stop in Bragg Creek for a post-hike treat (there's a variety of little shops/restaurants at the mall at the main intersection).

Meetup Location:

Transit Users: I can take three passengers with me from Heritage LRT Station. Please reply to the post on the Message Board below. Look for a Light Blue Dodge Caravan parked close to the station building.

Vehicle Drivers: You can drive yourself to the trailhead, or use the Message Board below to arrange yourselves in car pooling groups, from whatever location you wish.

Trailhead: Our first trailhead is at Station Flats Recreation Area: from Bragg Creek, drive 3.4km south on Hwy 22, turn right onto Elbow Falls Trail (Hwy 66). Continue 11km and turn right at Station Flats. Park in the second lot, for equestrians and cyclists. Look for the light blue Dodge Caravan. When we leave, I'll give drivers directions to our next stop.

Hiking Pace: We will be hiking to the pace of the slowest person in the group. My definition of hiking to the pace of the slowest is the slowest hiker is at the front of the group, and sets the pace for everyone. This is for the safety, health and enjoyment of all hikers. We will be stopping for great views, photos, rest breaks, and the occasional head count. Remember, it doesn't matter how slow you're going, you're still going faster than the folks sitting at home on the couch.

Hiker requirements: Healthy enough to complete the hike (this includes carrying your own gear – there are no sherpas on my hikes!), good sense of humor, and a desire to explore the natural environment.

Gear requirements: Hiking shoes/boots are always best, and be prepared for changes in weather. Always be prepared with sunscreen, bug spray, personal medications (if needed), personal-sized first aid kit. Water: I typically take at least 2 liters on any hike. Better to have too much, than run out in the middle of the hike. If you have them, bring bear spray and/or bear bangers and carry them on the outside of your pack. Snacks/lunch. Camera, small binoculars if you have them.

Passenger gas share: 
$15.00 Please note this is per person, and in cash. No park pass required. While Elbow Valley isn't far from Calgary, we will be driving from spot to spot during the day.

Start and return time:
Depart Calgary 9:00 am, to arrive at our first trailhead around 10:00 am. Return to Calgary late afternoon.

I will check the Meetup site for this hike in the early morning of the hike, in case anyone has any last minute messages.


Who can attend: No dogs please. No children. No guests.

Waivers: As per the new policy for waivers, I will bring the group waiver form with me to both the Calgary Meetup location and the trailhead. You must sign it before you will be allowed to go on this hike. You will also be asked for the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please come prepared with this information.

You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility 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.

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  • Linda

    I agree with Peter's assessment. Wish we could have found the proper direction to follow the loop around, but those mountain bikers have sure changed the trail. Was shocked by the changes at Elbow Falls.

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect day, perfect pace, perfect company. The entire trip was extremely nice.

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • Lynne C

    I still have room for 2 people.... can meet at the Chinook LRT stn or somewhere west from there on Glenmore Trail.

    September 11, 2013

    • Katica

      Lynne, is that answer about me? So, I will check with Linda because she left a message about one more place.

      September 14, 2013

    • Lynne C

      My 3 people included you Katica. that's why I indicated Above in my message.. but I guess you are now going with Linda.

      September 15, 2013

  • Linda

    OK, I'm back, and I have room for one more passenger leaving from Heritage Station. Let me know if you still need a ride.

    September 14, 2013

    • Katica

      Still I am not sure is there a place for me.

      September 15, 2013

    • Linda

      Yes, you can ride with me.

      September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, does anyone has a space in your car? Thank you

    September 14, 2013

    • Lynne C

      Email Linda.... I think she might have room since Lucie cancelled

      September 14, 2013

  • Linda

    If you want a ride with me, please use the REPLY button at the bottom of this note. I will be leaving from Heritage Station at 9:00 am, and can take 3 passengers. I drive a light blue Dodge Caravan.

    September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Linda, I am new to hiking in Calgary. I love hiking and the beautiful Rockies and would like to start my hiking experiece with this one. Do you have room in your SUV? I will be catching LRT from 6 Ave SW downtown.

      September 11, 2013

    • Linda

      Sandi, you can ride with me, but it's a minivan. That will give me three people.

      September 11, 2013

  • Lynne C

    Can give 3 persons a ride in my SUV.... can pick up people at the Chinook LRT stn. or along Glenmore Trail

    September 10, 2013

    • Lynne C

      sent you an email.

      September 11, 2013

  • Paula

    Hi Linda. I'll be joining Dean's birthday + hikes combo on the same day. Hope to catch you on the next one. Have fun!

    September 10, 2013

    • Linda

      Have fun on your hike with Dean!

      September 11, 2013

  • Lynne C

    Linda.... thanks for a slow and easy hike(s).... should be lots of photo opps..... looking forward to this especially the changes due to the floods

    September 10, 2013

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