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Lethbridge Expeditions - Members Only

Welcome Explorers and Adventurers!

Check here for the latest conditions of the Waterton Lakes National Park Trails.

Lethbridge Expeditions is an adventure group within Lethbridge Sports and Social Club to organize day trips in and around Lethbridge.

We will plan and organize some trips of our own BUT if you want to recommend a trail or lead a group of members on a hike, let us know and we will add it to the list of trips.  Fill out this form and email it back to us at info@lethbridgesportsandsocialclub.ca

 

Propose a Hike - Fill Out This Form

 

It is important to RSVP so we know who to expect and how to arrange transportation to the hike AND so we don't drive away with out you! If you are comfortable driving and carpooling, we would appreciate if members would contribute towards gas money. 

It is also important that a discussion occurs within the group of level of experience the hikers are and form groups based on the experience of the hikers. No hiker should be left alone and we encourage our members to hike in groups of 3-4 people. 

All members will be required to sign a waiver before heading on a trip. This waiver only needs to be signed once. 

Not yet a member of Lethbridge Sports and Social Club? Join here!

  It is advisable to check in with the Tourist Centre before you leave for your hike to see if the trail is open, and to get a map and directions.

Packing List

  • Backpack
  • Bear Spray
  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Whistle

For Hikes in Glacier National Park Montana:

Valid passports required.  Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

 

Lethbridge Sports and Social Club

Scheduled Trips

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change.  

July 

Sunday July 1

Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     20.7 km
Elevation: Gain - 215 m
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Estimated Time to Complete: 7 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 6 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 7:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

 

Medicine Grizzly Lake is a lake in the Cut Bank (extra 30 min drive) area of the Park that is surrounded by cliffs and waterfalls. At the trailhead, you will be greeted by wildflowers and a backdrop of rocky peaks. The trail enters the forest and follows the North Fork Cut Bank Creek, giving you frequent views into the creek. After approximately four miles, the forest begins opening up, giving you views of drainages and of the many peaks surrounding the Cut Bank area.

Just before the lake, there is an incredible meadow that is worth just stopping in and admiring. The lake itself is great, and the huge cliffs with waterfalls right in front of you will take your breath away. Continue on the length of the lake for 0.5 miles to the head of the lake where you can have lunch o n a sandbar by the waterfalls.

If you have the energy, Atlantic Falls is a pretty little waterfall located 0.2 miles up the trail heading towards Pitamakan Pass on the way back.

Valid passports required.   Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

*Source: www.hike734.com

 

Monday July 2

Trail Name: Bullhead Lake
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     11.6 km
Elevation: Gain - 130 m
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Time to Complete: 4 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 7 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 3:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

 

The trailhead for this hike is at the end of the Many Glacier road, past the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.  The hike up the Swiftcurrent Creek drainage to Bullhead Lake is the perfect trail if you want to take a longer hike that remains mostly level, offers picturesque views, and provides great chances to see wildlife. The trail begins by weaving by Fishercap Lake and Redrock Falls, and then continues on to Bullhead Lake where you will spend more time in the open.

At approximately 3.5 miles in, you will arrive at a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the largest body of Bullhead Lake, which makes for a great spot to rest and have lunch.

The Club hiked this trail twice last year, in late June then late October… the October journey had our path crossed by a large bull moose making his way to one of the lakes in the valley.  It was an amazing experience!!!

Valid passports required  Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

*Source: www.hike734.com

 

Saturday July 7

Trail Name: Drywood Creek
Location: Pincher Creek
Trailhead Description: 
Drive south from Pincher Creek on Highway 6 to the paved road leading west to the Shell Waterton Gas Plant, Follow the road past the Shell Waterton Gas Plant to Butcher Lake, a total of approximately 12 km from Hwy 6, Turn left at the intersection just before Butcher Lake. Follow this road downhill for 12.5 km to where the main road turns sharply to the left, The trail head is at a locked gate in the road straight ahead. Be sure to park off the road to allow staff to access the road.
Trail Distance: 5.2 km    
Elevation: 160 m gain  - Max Elevation: 1730 m
Difficulty: Easy - Family
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 - 2 hours
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 9 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  2 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: This is a simple but appealing hike up Drywood Creek valley along a Shell Canada well site service road. Drywood Mountain dominates the skyline to the south and Pincher Ridge parallels the route to the north.
- taken from Southern Rockies Trail Guide by Joey Ambrosi

 

Saturday July 7

Trail Name: Iceberg Lake
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     15.4 km
Elevation: Gain - 430 m
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Time to Complete: 5 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 7 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 4:30 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

 

The trailhead for this hike is at the end of the Many Glacier road, just west of the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.  Icebergs float in an emerald lake surrounded by cliffs rising more than 2,000 feet above the water. This trail is popular for a very good reason. Although the first 0.2 miles have a steep angle (aka ‘huffy-puffy’), it quickly mellows out to a nice, gradual grade as you break out into incredible views. The meadows on the slopes above you are frequented by bighorn sheep and grizzlies. Mountain goats can often be seen in the cliffs.

The trail enters the forest with scattered views as you pass obscured Ptarmigan Falls, eventually breaking out of the trees and taking you through avalanche chutes and meadows. Wilbur Creek bubbles below you, showing off with distant waterfalls. As you enter the basin, you will come across pools of water leading up to the lake itself. Early season has much of the lake frozen, with sparse icebergs throughout.

As summer brings its warmth, the icebergs will break apart. Although there are some years where the summer sun leaves the lake with no icebergs at all, that is definitely a rarity.

The Club hiked this trail twice last year, in mid-June then in late-September… we crossed paths with a young moose on the June adventure, but had to stop short of the lake as the bridge was not yet installed for the season.  On the September journey, we were amazed by the mirrored calmness of the lake that then changed to the emerald green it is known for when the sun peeked over the peaks.

* Alternate: to have a second group of Club members who wish to hike to Ptarmigan Falls only, returning to the trailhead to explore around that area or chill in the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn which has a restaurant with yummy pizza and beer, with a store full of souvenirs and soft serve ice cream.  Meeting up with the other hikers at approx. 3:00 PM for the ride home.

Valid passports required Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

*Source: www.hike734.com

 

 

Saturday July 14

Trail Name: Crypt Lake
Location: Waterton Lakes Park 
Trailhead Description: We will meet at the Superstore Parking lot and coordinate carpools from there. We will depart from Superstore at 6:15. If you're late, sorry. We hope to meet you for the next hike.

There is a cost to take the ferry to the Trail Head, members can try to catch the 8:00 boat to give you maximum time to complete the hike and catch the ferry back.
Trail Distance: 8.7 km    
Elevation: 675 m gain  - Max Elevation: 2215 m
Difficulty: Challenging
Estimated Time to Complete: 4 - 5 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 6 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  6 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: The Crypt Lake hike is one of the Triple Crown that we will be attempting to complete this year. This is an all-day hike. This hike is meant for the more experienced hikers.

 

Saturday July 14

Cancelled due to weather - Canmore to Banff - Legacy Trail Bike Ride

The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is a scenic 22 km paved trail that connects Canmore and Banff. The Trail is popular with cyclists and hikers and has several incredible viewpoints along the way and follows the Trans Canada Highway.

We'll meet up in Canmore at the Alberta Visitor Information Centre at 10:30am. There's free parking for those making use of the Legacy Trail. The trail starts at the parking lot, and then it's onwards to Banff!

This ride is not a race, we'll there to enjoy the ride, the scenery and each others company. Once we arrive in Banff, it'll be time to reward ourself with lunch.

After lunch and exploring around Banff, we'll return to Canmore the same way we arrived. If you don't feel that you're up to making the return trip, there is the ROAM transit bus that will bring you and your bike back to Canmore. (More details below)

DESCRIPTION: A paved 22 km trail that runs along the Trans Canada Highway and connects Canmore and Banff. The trail offers numerous look-outs and incredible scenery. The Valley View Day Use area is the half-way point and an excellent picnic and resting stop.

LOCATION: The Trailhead for the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is located across from the Alberta Visitor Information Centre at 2801 Bow Valley Trail in Canmore. There is free parking in Canmore’s Town Centre at Tourism Canmore Visitor Information 907 7th Avenue. Starting your journey from the heart of Canmore is a perfect way to experience the Legacy Trail. There are public washrooms, a bicycle pump and maintenance stand as well as all the bicycle shops, cafes, restaurants, shopping, and services that downtown Canmore has to offer.

DURATION: 2-3 Hours (one way)

ELEVATION CHANGE: 75m

MAPS: Maps of the trail can be found here:
http://www.tourismcanmore.com/profiles/things-to-do/legacy-trail

BIKE RENTALS: There are several bike rental shops in Canmore. If you do opt to rent a bike, be sure to select a shop that's open before we meet up at 10:30, to give yourself enough time to pick up your bike. It would probably be best to make rental arrangements ahead of time to ensure they have a bike available for you.

ROAM TRANSIT: If you want to ride the trail, but don't feel you're up to making the trip there and back, you can use the ROAM bus to make it a shorter trip for yourself. You'll have to make the arrangements yourself, though. Read all about ROAM on their website: http://roamtransit.com

GETTING TO CANMORE: The drive to Canmore will take about 3 hours, so plan your departure time accordingly to arrive in Canmore before 10:30.

For those wishing to carpool, leave a comment saying if you can take on passengers and their bikes, or, comment if you need a ride for you and your bike.

 

Sunday July 15

Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     16.9 km
Elevation: Gain - 730 m
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Estimated Time to Complete: 6 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 7 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 6:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

 

The 250 foot man-made tunnel that goes through the knife edge ridge of Ptarmigan Wall is a treat, with breathtaking views on both sides. The Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail shares this trailhead as well as its first 2.7 miles with the Iceberg Lake Trail. The first 0.2 miles of the hike feature a steep angle (aka ‘huffy-puffy), but quickly mellow out to a gradual grade as you break out into incredible views. The meadows on the slopes above you are frequented by bighorn sheep and grizzlies. Mountain goats can often be seen in the cliffs.

The trail enters the forest with scattered views and the Iceberg Lake Trail splits off just after Ptarmigan Falls. The trail continues and gets steep once again. Huckleberries are plentiful here, and black bears are not uncommon, so be prepared. At a little over 1.6 miles from the junction, you will reach Ptarmigan Lake. You will see two switchbacks up on the slope to the tunnel. There is definitely more than a little work ahead of you, but once you reach the tunnel it will all be worth it.

The views on the other side of the tunnel are breathtaking. The trail on the other side was hewn from the red rocks and offers staggering views onto Elizabeth Lake and the Belly River drainage. It’s time to turn around, enjoy the views looking into Many Glacier, and drop back down.

* Alternate: to have a second group of Club members who wish to hike to Ptarmigan Falls only, returning to the trailhead to explore around that area or chill in the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn which has a restaurant with yummy pizza and beer, with a store full of souvenirs and soft serve ice cream.  Meeting up with the other hikers at approx. 3:00 PM for the ride home.

Valid passports required  Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

*Source: www.hike734.com

 

Saturday July 21

Trail Name: Victoria Ridge
Location: Pincher Creek
Trailhead Description: 
Take Hwy. 6 south from Pincher creek towards Waterton National Park and take the first right after the CPR train bridge. This road leads west towards the Shell plant. Continue past the Shell plant where there are huge yellow blocks of sulfur and enter the forestry reserve. Stay right at the first fork in the road and continue until the storage complex where the West road is gated. The road turns North here but if you continue to the gate you will see a sign describing the Castle special management area and hiking for Victoria ridge. Find a place to park your car for the day near here.
yTrail Distance: 8.6 km    
Elevation: 680 m gain - Max Elevation: 2220 m
Difficulty: Challenging
Estimated Time to Complete: 4 -5 hours
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 8 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  5 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: 

There are different routes that can be taken to the summit. The route we took required some difficult scrambling, however if there were no snow we could have taken a more moderate approach. There is a walk-up route shown on a map at the access gate, depicting a way of ascending up the back of Victoria ridge. The walk-up route would require a couple of hours of hiking down the dirt road. This would, however, be the easiest route to the summit and would be about 20 kms round-trip (the approach road is in very good condition and would make for a fun day if you brought a mountain bike). According to the sign at the gate, it is possible to reach Avion Ridge in Waterton by continuing south from Victoria ridge.

From the gate there are two ridges visible - we followed the ridge on the left side closest to the access road. After trudging down the road for 4 kms we spotted a very shaky looking bighorn ram who seemed too tired to run away from us. At this point we decided to gain the ridge. This proved to be a slog for the first 1000 feet or so, as we hiked up grassy slopes covered with bear-berries and assorted shrubbery. As we ascended the ridge we ran into some snow about 2/3rds of the way up to the summit. To avoid the snow, we dropped down and traversed across a gully to the next ridge. There were some class III and IV scrambling opportunities here that could have been avoided by dropping down a bit lower. This approach allowed us to avoid the two avalanche chutes and ascend to the base of the cliff bands near the top.

Near the top there were some rock ledges cliff bordered by some snow that provided some entertainment. I started ascending a snow patch, which was firm enough to hold me up but it unfortunately wasn't all firm and I sank up to my waist just as I reached the first rock step. I got good and stuck and my boots almost came off as I struggled to get out.

Near the top there is a large cliff face jutting out that resembles a fortress. We thought we could ascend by a gully that was visible from afar but upon arriving at the base of the cliff we discovered that this route was a no-go as there was some ice still present in the crack. We tried to traverse West around the base of the 'fortress' but there was a steep avalanche chute that we did not want to cross. The snow was really granular and had absolutely no structure and the risk of a glissade was quite probable. I had already given up and was ready to return to the car when one of my hiking companions discovered a route just at the North end of the ridge. There is a dramatic drop-off at the edge with a cool window (!) that provides views through the cliff. Ascending above the window was interesting as the exposure was great (class IV scrambling). Above this ledge there is a narrow ridge that required two more steps of scrambling (class III and IV). The last step has a bit of rock jutting out that was awkward to descend on the way down, also with exposure.

Views at the top were awesome... to the West, Castle Peak stands out quite dramatically. You can see lots of peaks to the South as well, including peaks in Glacier and Waterton.

We descended to the North of the avalanche chutes and had some scree to help us on our way. Near the bottom of the avalanche run-out, the slope was moderate and we slip-slided and walked on the snow to a point where we could climb out of the gully and continue back to the access road. All in all, one of the best scrambles I have done. A great day! - taken from trailpeak.com

 

Saturday July 21

Trail Name: Triple Divide Pass
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     22.8 km
ElevationGain - 730 m
Difficulty: Difficult
Estimated Time to Complete: 8 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 6 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 8:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

The trailhead for today’s hike is in the Cut Bank (extra 30 min drive) area of Glacier Park.  Triple Divide Peak is so named because, based on which face of the peak a drop of precipitation lands, it will end up in one of three different oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific or the Arctic. Triple Divide Pass is right below this peak and is the route between the Cut Bank area and St. Mary area of the Park.

Starting out at the remote Cut Bank trailhead, you will pass a wildflower meadow with towering peaks in the background. The trail goes into the forest with frequent views of the North Fork Cut Bank Creek. Just past the junction with the Medicine Grizzly Trail, you begin climbing… only a couple switchbacks at this point, with the remainder of the trail continuing on the same path… up… The sporadic views that you enjoyed below become permanent as you emerge from the treeline and hike up towards the pass. Medicine Grizzly Lake becomes quickly visible and the waterfalls cascading down the cliffs are truly beautiful.

From the pass, the views into either drainage are fantastic. Keep an eye out for the marmots and squirrels here as well as they like to snack on salty gear.

Valid passports required.  Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

*Source: www.hike734.com

 

 

Saturday July 21 - 22

Trail Name: Jasper Sky Walk
Location: Jasper National Park
 
Description of the Trail:

Skywalk Adventure

Head to Jasper National Park to the Skywalk on July 21, staying overnight in the Jasper Hostel and returning on July 22.

We are looking for a total of 4 people to join us.

The costs are:
Jasper Hostel - $55 per person (based on 4 people)
Skywalk - $31 per person (in advance) or $34 at gate
Gas- estimated at $25 per person
Meals

Registration Full

 

 

Sunday July 22

Trail Name: Lynx Creek
Location:  Carbondale (near Crowsnest Pass) 
Trailhead Description: 
From the Crowsnest Pass community of Blairmore, follow Sartoris Road south as it climbs and crosses Willoughby Ridge and begins its decent into Lynx Creek valley. At the 10 km mark from Blairmore, the Lynx Creek Road cuts back to the right (northwest). Park on the shoulder of the Lynx Creek Road, allowing room for vehicles to pass.
Trail Distance: 5.6 km    
Elevation: 110 m gain - Max Elevation: 1815 m
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Estimated Time to Complete: 2 - 3 hours
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 8 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 5 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: 
From the trailhead, amid the burned out forests from the Lost Creek Fire, there are views west to Mount Couthard and north to Crowsnest Mountain. the route quickly descends to the valley bottom along Lynx Creek. Stick to the main road as it swings sharply to the west and passes through the heart of the area. 
- taken from Southern Rockies Trail Guide by Joey Ambrosi

 

 

Saturday July 28

Trail Name: Hastings Ridge
Location: Carbondale (near Crowsnest Pass)
Trailhead Description: From the Crowsnest Pass community of Hillcrest, drive west on the paved East Hillcrest Road for 1.5 km to the major junction. the gravel Adanac Road cuts right (south) and uphill away from the paved road. Follow the Adanac Road for 9.5 km as it climbs steadily up Byron Creek valley. at the height if land, immediately after crossing the cattle guard, turn right onto a dirt road. although this road is drivable for high clearance vehicles, it is best to park on the shoulder.
Trail Distance: 3.5 km    
Elevation: 200 m gain - Max Elevation: 1940 m
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 - 2 hours
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 9 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  2 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: Peering over the ridge of this hike, you can see the remains of an open pit coal mine.

 

 

Sunday July 29

Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     27 km
ElevationGain - 1,110 m
Difficulty: Difficult
Estimated Time to Complete: 8 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 6 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 8:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

From the pass, the views into either drainage are fantastic. Keep an eye out for the marmots and squirrels here as well as they like to snack on salty gear.

Swiftcurrent Pass makes for a big, fantastic, hiking day no matter which route you decide to take. We will start our hike at the end of the Many Glacier road, for the more scenic route, a trip up and back starting from Swiftcurrent Motor Inn and further on up to the Lookout, if our energy allows.  This side trip up to Swiftcurrent Lookout is amazing, but adds 2.7 miles and over 1,200 feet in elevation gain round trip to an already big day.  The Lookout is the highest reachable view point in Glacier Park, with amazing panoramic views.

The Many Glacier route is an interesting trail, as it takes you past three wonderful lakes (Fishercap, Redwood and Bullhead Lakes). Look carefully in and around all three lakes for moose, and watch in the summer months for wild huckleberries as well. From Swiftcurrent Valley, we will see our destination on the peaks towering above us and we go from meadow to meadow.

Once Bullhead Lake is passed, we will carry on to Swiftcurrent Pass, past rocky cliffs with waterfalls, and alpine areas before reaching the summit.

The Club attempted to do this hike last September, but due to the wintery weather, the trail was changed to Iceberg Lake for safety reasons… and so we are making an early attempt, hoping summer agrees with the plans.

* Alternate: to have a second group of Club members who wish to hike to Bullhead Lake only, returning to trailhead and meeting the other hikers at the trailhead at approx., 6:00 PM

Valid passports required.  Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

*Source: www.hike734.com

August

Saturday August 4

Trail Name: Table Mountain
Location: Castle
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance: 4.3 km    
Elevation:  685 m gain - Max Elevation: 2150 m
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Estimated Time to Complete: 2 - 3 hours
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 8 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  2 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: 

 

Saturday August 4

Trail Name: Grinnell Glacier
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     16.6 km
Elevation: Gain - 520 m
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Time to Complete: 6 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 7 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 5:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

This hike is part one of a 3-hike series over three weekends… which will allow you to see the same valley from three very different perspectives… this one is the north trail up the valley…

 

The Grinnell Glacier trailhead is just beyond Swiftcurrent Lake on the Many Glacier road.  This hike is the most frequently visited glacier in Glacier National Park with an incredible trail along the way. The first two level miles are spent briefly along Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine’s north shores. Once at the end of the lakes, the elevation begins. From here on out, the views keep getting better as you climb with increased chances of seeing the area’s big game.

As you gain a bird’s eye view of Grinnell Lake with the tall cliffs of Angel Wing towering above, you get to see the lake’s incredible emerald color, which is caused by suspended “glacial flour” – rocks ground into a fine powder by glaciers. A natural stone staircase along the face of a weeping wall must be traversed to continue up to the lake.

Just below the glacier, there is a sitting area and a pit toilet. After this point, the trail turns to a ‘huffy-puffy’ stretch for just over half a kilometer, after which you will arrive at Upper Grinnell Lake with Grinnell Glacier to your left while Salamander Glacier clings to the cliffs of the Garden Wall in front of you. The Continental Divide runs along the top of this wall and, on the other side, motorists drive up Going-to-the-Sun Road.

When driving into the Many Glacier Valley pay attention to the mountain peaks ahead, as you can see the Salamander Glacier which is just above our target for the day…

Valid passports required.  Minimum group size is 4 hikers, for each including the ‘alternates’ so that would need 8 hikers for those days.  The ‘alternate’ hikes is for those hikers who want time in the mountains, but don’t want to clock many miles or much elevation, but keeps it as a group event to share trail stories on the drive back.

* Alternate: to have a second group of Club members that want to explore the low trails in the valley, meeting the other group at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead at approx. 3:00 PM 

 *Source: www.hike734.com

 

Sunday August 5

Trail Name: Bertha Lake
Location: Waterton National Park
Trail Distance:     16.6 km
Elevation: Gain - 520 m
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Estimated Time to Complete: 4 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 9 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 5:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:


Lower Bertha Lake is described to be an easier trail. For more description about the trail click here http://hikingwithbarry.com/2011/09/09/lower-bertha-falls-waterton-hiking-alberta

It is advisable to check in with the tourist centre before setting out on your trail to see if there are any reported bear sightings or if the path is cleared.

We will meet at the Superstore Parking lot by the liquor store and coordinate carpools from there. We will depart from Superstore at 9:15. If you're late, sorry. We hope to meet you for the next hike.

It is important to RSVP so we know who to expect and how to arrange transportation to the hike. If you are comfortable driving and carpooling, we would appreciate if members would contribute towards gas money.

 

Saturday August 11

Trail Name: Saskatoon Mountain
Location: Crowsnest Pass
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance: 1.8 km    
Elevation:  210 m gain - Max Elevation: 1820 m
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 8 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  2 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: 

 

Sunday August 12

Trail Name: Piegan Pass from Siyeh Bend to MG Valley
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     20.9 km
Elevation: Gain - 520 m
Difficulty: Difficult
Estimated Time to Complete: 8 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 6 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 6:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

This hike is part two of a 3-hike series over three weekends… which will allow you to see the same valley from three very different perspectives… this one is the up and over from Going-to-the-Sun Road at Siyeh Bend, and the down the south trail of the valley, with a detour to Grinnell Lake that you will see the week prior from above… 

We will need at least 2-vehicles for this day, so that we park one vehicle down at the Grinnell Glacier trailhead, then shuttle up to Siyeh Bend at the start and then pick up the vehicle at the end of the day**

Piegan Pass is a great day hike that starts at Siyeh Bend east of Logan Pass on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The trail is in the trees for the first few kilometers, but begins to break up into wonderful meadows that, when blooming, will take your breath away.

At 4 km’s, the Siyeh Pass Trail heads west while you continue north. The meadows give way to shale, while Piegan Mountain, Piegan Glacier, and Mt. Pollock dominate your view. At the pass, you can see down into the beautiful Many Glacier valley.

While the hike up to Piegan Pass and back is a great trip in Glacier National Park, through hiking this exceptional day trip down to Many Glacier takes it to the next level. Dropping down into Many Glacier has you passing terraced, alpine landscapes, beautiful waterfalls and a series of emerald green lakes in the Grinnell Creek drainage.

* Alternate: to have a second group of Club members that want to explore the easier trails in the valley after shuttling the other hikers to Siyeh Bend, and all meeting up at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead at approx. 4:00 PM for the drive back home.

  *Source: www.hike734.com

 

Saturday August 18

Canmore to Banff - Legacy Trail Bike Ride

The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is a scenic 22 km paved trail that connects Canmore and Banff. The Trail is popular with cyclists and hikers and has several incredible viewpoints along the way and follows the Trans Canada Highway. 

We'll meet up in Canmore at the Alberta Visitor Information Centre at 10:30am. There's free parking for those making use of the Legacy Trail. The trail starts at the parking lot, and then it's onwards to Banff!

This ride is not a race, we'll there to enjoy the ride, the scenery and each others company. Once we arrive in Banff, it'll be time to reward ourself with lunch. 

After lunch and exploring around Banff, we'll return to Canmore the same way we arrived. If you don't feel that you're up to making the return trip, there is the ROAM transit bus that will bring you and your bike back to Canmore. (More details below)

DESCRIPTION: A paved 22 km trail that runs along the Trans Canada Highway and connects Canmore and Banff. The trail offers numerous look-outs and incredible scenery. The Valley View Day Use area is the half-way point and an excellent picnic and resting stop.

LOCATION: The Trailhead for the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail is located across from the Alberta Visitor Information Centre at 2801 Bow Valley Trail in Canmore. There is free parking in Canmore’s Town Centre at Tourism Canmore Visitor Information 907 7th Avenue. Starting your journey from the heart of Canmore is a perfect way to experience the Legacy Trail. There are public washrooms, a bicycle pump and maintenance stand as well as all the bicycle shops, cafes, restaurants, shopping, and services that downtown Canmore has to offer.

DURATION: 2-3 Hours (one way)

ELEVATION CHANGE: 75m

MAPS: Maps of the trail can be found here:
http://www.tourismcanmore.com/profiles/things-to-do/legacy-trail

BIKE RENTALS: There are several bike rental shops in Canmore. If you do opt to rent a bike, be sure to select a shop that's open before we meet up at 10:30, to give yourself enough time to pick up your bike. It would probably be best to make rental arrangements ahead of time to ensure they have a bike available for you.

ROAM TRANSIT: If you want to ride the trail, but don't feel you're up to making the trip there and back, you can use the ROAM bus to make it a shorter trip for yourself. You'll have to make the arrangements yourself, though. Read all about ROAM on their website: http://roamtransit.com 

GETTING TO CANMORE: The drive to Canmore will take about 3 hours, so plan your departure time accordingly to arrive in Canmore before 10:30. 

For those wishing to carpool, leave a comment saying if you can take on passengers and their bikes, or, comment if you need a ride for you and your bike.

 

Saturday August 18

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Join other members to this UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Alberta!

Members can meet at Safeway West parking lot in the SW corner and arrange car-pooling arrangements from there.

If you are not the driver you are required to bring $15 in cash to compensate the driver for gas and mileage.

Cost to visit the Centre is another $15.

 

 

Saturday August 18

Trail Name: Burl (Middlepass) Lakes
Location: Castle
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance: 4.6 km    
Elevation:  210 m gain - Max Elevation: 2150 m
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Time to Complete:  2 - 3 hours
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 8 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  4 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: 

 

Saturday August 18

Trail Name: Highline Trail Loop
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     18.3 km
Elevation: Gain - 390 m
Difficulty: Difficult
Estimated Time to Complete: 7 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 6 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 6:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

This hike is final part of a 3-hike series over three weekends… concluding the three very different perspectives of the same valley… this one is up from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, this time from the Loop, and up to the Grinnell Glacier overlook, where you will have a birds eye view of the entire valley, seeing all three lakes hiked passed two weeks earlier…

Part of the Continental Divide Trail, the Highline Trail lives up to its name and walks along the upper stretches of the Garden Wall. The very beginning of the hike is hewn from the rock and a cable is there to give you a handhold. The entire trip you are looking into huge glacial valleys that feel like they are million miles below. The Going to the Sun road hangs below you giving you even better views than the breathtaking vistas from the car.

The beginning of the trail is relatively level and goes in and out of beargrass carpeted ridges coming from the mountains above. All along the trail, you have chances to see numerous birds, marmots, ground squirrels, pikas, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and the area’s infamous star, the grizzly bear.

The first of two prominent stopping points is Haystack Butte. The Highline Trail starts climbing to get over the saddle between Haystack Butte and Mt. Gould.** Look for mountain goats on the north cliffs and bighorn sheep in this area as well.

The trail climbs a bit more and the view changes from looking into the Logan Creek drainage to the McDonald Creek Drainage. Eventually, you come to a trail junction that will take you up to the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. If you have the energy, it’s well worth it. You’ll get a bird’s eye view from above Upper Grinnell Lake, Grinnell Glacier and the rest of the Grinnell Valley into the Many Glacier area.

From this spot in the trail, you’ll be able to see Granite Park Chalet and the end to the uphill in your day. Keep your eyes peeled for grizzly bears. This area has many that move from the McDonald Creek valley to the Many Glacier area over Swiftcurrent Pass.

The trip down to the Loop is a lot of downhill, so be ready for it. After a lot of walking, your knees may not be happy with you on tired legs. This area was the site of a forest fire, so you have views all around… albeit through silver stands of trees. Because of this, there are an abundance of berries in the fall and the bears love to munch on them in their quest to fatten up for the long winter.

Eventually, you get to the bottom where we will catch the free Glacier-Shuttle back up to the Logan Pass summit parking lot and our cars...

* Alternate: Those looking for a nice out and back day trip with nominal elevation gain will find a great trip out to Haystack Butte for lunch, then back to Logan Pass, meeting the other group at approx. 4:00 PM for the drive home…

  *Source: www.hike734.com

 

 

Saturday August 25

Trail Name: Window Mountain Lake
Location:  Crowsnest Pass
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance: 2.0 km    
Elevation:  210 m gain - Max Elevation: 2050 m
Difficulty: Easy, with one steep section
Estimated Time to Complete:  30 mins - 1 hour
Meet-up Location: Safeway West Parking Lot by the Gas Station
Meet-up Time: 9 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot:  1 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail: 

 

Members who attend can stop in to the Cinnamon Bear Cafe for their famous cinnamon bun after the hike!

 

 

Sunday August 26

Trail Name: Hidden Lake & Dragon's Tail
Location: Glacier National Park
Trailhead Description: 
Trail Distance:     8.7 km
Elevation: Gain - 400 m
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Time to Complete: 6 hours
Meet-up Location: Superstore Parking Lot by the Liquor Store
Meet-up Time: 7 a.m.
Estimated Time back at Meet-up Spot: 4:00 p.m.
 
Description of the Trail:

One of the most popular hike in Glacier National Park is the trail off of the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road called Hidden Lake. This trail starts up in the alpine meadows at Logan Pass putting visitors into the heart of Glacier’s high country.

While standing at the visitor’s center, look across the parking lot to the scree-strewn slope for bighorn sheep who frequent the flanks of Pollock Mountain. From the visitor’s center, the trail starts off paved and quickly goes to a boardwalk with steps to gain elevation. All around you are big alpine meadows that usually have some flower in bloom. Peaks are around you in any direction and you get a sense for what backpackers experience all over the Park.

You head up to the low point between Reynolds and Clements mountains with a little bit of the trail skirting the moraine off of Clements Mountain. The trail levels off here and you begin to encounter mountain goats. They see plenty of visitors, so they get close, but, like all wild animals, they can be very dangerous, so give them space.

Once over the little saddle, you come to the overlook with a wonderful view of Hidden Lake with Bearhat Mountain right behind it. A look south and you can see Sperry Glacier tucked away on Gunsight Mountain.

While most visitors turn around here, the trail continues at a slow elevation for a bit, then changes to a fairly steep set of switchbacks that lead you down to the lake’s edge. The lake is just as beautiful at the bottom and gives another nice look at the lake, this time with Reynolds Mountain as its backdrop.

This is where Hidden Creek comes out of the lake and tumbles and falls into Avalanche Creek… taking a side trail brings you through bushes to the top of the falls to Avalanche Creek.

After a lunch break here, we will climb back up to the Overlook and then take a right turn towards Reynolds Mountain to explore the Dragon’s Tail for as far as our adventurous spirits take us..

* Alternate: Those looking for a nice out and back day trip with nominal elevation gain will find a great trip out to Haystack Butte for lunch, then back to Logan Pass, meeting the other group at approx. 4:00 PM for the drive home…

  *Source: www.hike734.com

 

September 

 TBD