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Saddleback & Sheol Valley Loop

  • Jul 26, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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From the carpool location we will drive to Chateau Lake Louise and take the trail to Saddleback Pass. From there we will go to the top of Saddle Mountain (2,433 m) and venture a bit beyond the peak along the ridge. After returning to the pass we will descend via Sheol Valley to Paradise Valley. From there we will  hike to the Paradise Valley Trailhead on the Moraine Lake road (car shuttle required.)  Saddle Mountain offers excellent view Bow Valley, Mt. Temple (3,400 m) Mt. Aberdeen (3,152 m), Haddo Peak (3,070 m), Fairview Mountain and other peaks (see attached photos.)


We will be hiking as a group at a very moderate, but consistent pace with only short stops for drinks, snacks and adjustments to the equipment. The group will stop at the Saddle Mountain for lunch, and will likely stop at Lake Louise for a snack or meal before heading back  to Calgary.






Difficulty: Intermediate D3-D4

Trail Length: 12-15 km (return)

Time to Complete: 6-7 hours

Elevation Gain: 600 m
Drive Time to Trailhead: 2 hours

Expect and be prepared for: some scree; sunshine; wind at the top; unexpected weather changes; need for snacking and drink on the way up; superb 360 degree view from the top of Saddle Mountain.

Required items to bring:

o hiking boots (gaiters recommended to prevent fine scree from getting into your boots)
o hiking pole(s)

o Park Pass (if you have one)

o gloves (recommended for Saddleback Peak)
o food and drink sufficient for 6-7 hours
o sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, mosquito spray
o something to sit on at lunch break (piece of foam, garbage bag)
o pants and jacket/shirt which will dry quickly (no cotton); windbreaker, rain jacket, warm fleece; spare pair of dry socks; dress in layers, have something warm to put on when we stop at the top

Hazards: Sheol Valley is a grizzly territory. We have to hike together as a group, never fewer than four people in one cluster(Parks Canada can fine $5,000 those who disobey.) Route has no cellphone coverage. Drop from the east side the Saddle Mountain ridge is in most places a vertical cliff.  Caution has to be exercised when hiking or scrambling along the ridge.

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  • Marek R

    Thirteen WAG hikers had a great time. Lord blessed us with good weather, fantastic views and nice group of people to hike with. Thanks to each of you for coming and making it such an enjoyable event.

    July 27, 2014

  • Vicki L.

    That's great! My friend won't disown me:) looking forward to the hike:)

    July 25, 2014

  • Rachelle

    I am planning to come straight home, and am happy to drive:)

    July 25, 2014

  • Vicki L.

    Is anyone planning to come straight (ish)) home after hike? Have plans in Calgary! But was hoping not to drive.

    July 25, 2014

  • Pat F.

    I'm very sorry but have hurt my foot today doing full circuit around Glenmore reservoir and am unable to hike tomorrow. :(

    July 25, 2014

    • Vicki L.

      Darn it I was hoping you'd be there:(

      July 25, 2014

  • Marek R

    Dogs are not allowed on this hike because Sheol Valley is a prime grizzly habitat; a dog could provoke grizzly attack and put group in danger. Parks Canada only allows hiking there in a group of four or more and there is a $5,000 fine for not obeying that rule.

    July 25, 2014

    • Pat F.

      thanks Marek I rather suspected that might be the case for this one. As misfortune would have it, I've now hurt my foot and can't come. But I have no problem coming on future hikes without dog, that is not an issue. Enjoy your day.

      July 25, 2014

  • Pat F.

    Marek, is this hike suitable for my dog? 25 lb strong terrier cross

    July 25, 2014

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