Consolation Lakes - Sun, Jun 28 2015

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Consolation Lakes (6/28/2015)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Lake Louise
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 28 2015  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 27 2015 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Bruce F
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Total Distance: 10 kms
Elevation Gain: 85 m
Pace: Relaxed

The pace will be RELAXED and some may choose only to go as far as the lower lake.

Hiking to Consolation Lakes is mostly in the trees until the trail finally arrives at Lower Consolation Lake, at which point it rewards the hiker with views of high alpine meadows, enormous talus slopes, and the impressive hanging glacier, Quadra. If Babel Creek is shallow enough, we will continue further up to Upper Consolation Lake.

From the southeast end of the Moraine Lake parking lot, we'll walk past the Rockpile Trail turnoff and continue straight and then ascend into forest. At 1.6 km, we'll bear right at a fork and pass through a boggy meadow. At 3 km, we arrive at the north end of Lower Consolation Lake. If Babel Creek is shallow enough, we'll continue on for another 30 minutes until we reach Upper Consolation Lake, where we'll have lunch. We'll return the way we came.

Ref: Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies - 6th Edition. Trip 43, page 176.

Please Note: we will be briefly stopping at the Samson Mall in Lake Louise prior to starting the event.

Also if you are looking for a fast paced event or are in a rush to get back to Calgary, this is not the event for you.

Required Items to Bring:
·Lunch & snacks
·Hiking boots
·Rain & wind gear regardless of the weather forecast
·Park pass or $$ for entry into Banff National Park
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
· Hiking poles
· Sunscreen
· First-aid kit
· Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada) and continue to the Lake Louise Exit. Follow the signs up to Moraine Lake. Please Note: we will be briefly stopping at the Samson Mall in Lake Louise prior to starting the event.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):360Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $126.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.35, effective Friday, August 12, 2022). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


This is bear country. Expect to travel in a tight group.

If the forecast calls for rain, the event may be re-scheduled.

Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip.

- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at

Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: