We will car camp at Castle Falls Campground and do several day hikes from this base. It is possible to drive out as a day trip from Calgary (3 hour drive), but there is no cel service at the campground to accommodate last minute changes.
Distance: 10 km
Elevation gain: 750m
Driving Distance/time: 190km/2:40
Park at the Beaver Mines Lake Day use area. Follow an easy trail through pleasant aspen groves, then up more steeply past a few viewpoint benches. Then off trail on moderate scree past a notch in a gulley system and more moderate scree to a gentle broad summit ridge, passing through a large larch glade. Terrific views overlooking the prairies. Return the same way.
Difficulty: medium/hard off trail, requires moderate bushwalking, route finding, awkward scree/talus cross slopes.
The organizer is not a paid guide. While we will hike as co-adventurers, participants must be fully capable of independently travelling and navigating through wilderness terrain.