Calgary area Camping/Hiking thread
Just like the title says, I'm heading out for some light camping/hiking in a couple weeks... Looking for ideas!
I was originally thinking Johnson Canyon campground and hike, because it seems like an easy start to the area, and some neighbours said it was very scenic. But I've also read it's extremely busy at times. Being the June 21st weekend it shouldn't be too bad though.
Any other must sees? Eventually we want to get into backcountry camping, but the Fiancee needs to be initiated into Banff area camping so we're thinking a campground is a good start.
So: good campgrounds? Good 5 km or so hikes? Not looking to do any scrambling, just light-medium grade hikes. Rougher trails are okay as long as the grade isn't too steep (Fiancee has sciatic issues that flare up when she has to use a lot of leg-butt-back muscles, yeah yeah, I know)
Do valley of the 10 peaks, its where i take never evers. You don't have to go up to the pass you can just hike up to the meadow and the little lake up there. If i am with in shape ppl we make it up to the meadow in about 45 min, when i go with people who don't hike who visit from ontario it takes about 1.5. Just go slow take lots of breaks, its pretty much just switch backs to get above the tree line then it is relativly flat. The only thing i would say to that is maybe call to see if there is a ton of snow up there still. Make sure you tell them you are not going up the pass just to the meadow.
For back country a good place to start to keep the girl friend happy is to join the alpine club of canada and stay in back country huts. They are all over the place and are well equiped and super cheap. Just bring food and a sleeping bag and everything else is there. A super easy one is Elk Lakes hut, you start in kananaskis and hike into BC. There are also some high alpine ones that are harder to get to but unreal. Look up the Asulkin Hut (good place to split board as well).
Also take your girl to see Dr. Fisher at Intergrated Health downtown Calgary. He will get her fixed up.
Well, you could always stay in tunnel mountain campground since you have never. Its pretty nice unless its changed a ton but I always enjoyed it. Really theres a lot of trail options but the bow river is right there and you can hike into banff from the camp, although I recall it being a little bit of scrambling, I think becuase we were down low. I think theres a good trail there. You can find a ton of trail ideas at the info desk though, they will sort you out in town.
Thanks for the tips guys!
Yeah I was looking at those Alpine huts. One of them is perched on top of a cliff, that's my goal for one of these years, to make it to that cabin! We're going to take a rock climbing course so we're better equipped even if all we do is scrambling at the most.
I'll bring her to the Doc you suggested. She's been doing physio once a week in Airdrie, but not really getting better or worse. She's a relatively healthy 30 year old, so no reason she can't get 100% better and start really enjoying life again.
Is the trail you mentioned called "Consolation Lakes" on this site?
Parks Canada - Banff National Park - Hiking Trails in the Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Area
It shouldn't be too busy at this time of year eh? I remember seeing something a week or so ago about alpine snowpack being about 1.5m thicker than normal. Dunno if that means the meadow will still be under snow? Also are their bear restrictions at this time of year? I know I know, all answers that can be found by my friend google... :D
BTW the loop we did in Algonquin (I've done it 4 times now) is 5-6 km in with no overall elevation gain, but a solid 75m or so hill in the middle near the end that makes it tough with heavy packs on your back. Day two is a light day with just lunch on your back, 5 km to a swimming hole and 5 k back. Day three is the hike out. Relatively easy overall but a great way to spend a few days!
it would be 37, sentinal pass but you don't have to go up the pass. I have taken out of shape 50 year olds from ontario up to the meadow.
Parks Canada - Trail Report
that is where the trail conditions are, looks like it will have some snow, you can call and ask if the meadow has snow. It will also tell you if there are bears in the area. I would get and bring bear spray anyway.
I don't' think you need any climbing experience to get to any of the huts although climbing is fun so take the course anyway.
What about this hut?!? :yahoo: Looks like fun!
Alpine Club of Canada - Clubhouse and Mountain Huts / Castle Mountain Hut
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