Smuts Pass - Sat, Sep 6 2014

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Smuts Pass (9/6/2014)

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:Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 6 2014  9:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 5 2014 10:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6 hours (plus driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Bruce F
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 12 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Total Distance: 11.2 km
Elevation Gain: 408 m
Pace: Relaxed

Perhaps a hidden gem in K-Country, this trail has it all: Easy walking along a creek, with waterfalls, old tree stands, meadows, and finally ending in a steep climb leading to two tarns and a great view.

During the first 2/3 of the hike, the trail gently gains about 120 metres in elevation as it follows along Commonwealth Creek. It is during this part of the hike that one gets to experience both forests and meadows, along with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. The final 1/3 of the hike, the trail gains almost 300 metres in elevation as it leads up the side of a headwall, situated between Mt. Smuts and Mt. Birdwood, to a terrace with two tarns. Continuing onto the west col, the views finally open up and are even more spectacular.

Ref: Kananaskis Country Trail Guide 3rd Edition, Hike 76, p. 174.

Please note: The pace will be RELAXED with regular breaks to enjoy the scenery. So 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:
- water
- lunch & snacks
- hiking boots
- rain & wind gear regardless of the weather forecast
- clothing for variable weather conditions (no cotton)
- bag to place your muddy/dirty boots in
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- hiking poles
- sunglasses
- sunscreen
- personal first-aid kit
- camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Highway #1 westbound to the Kananaskis turn-off and take Highway #40 southbound. Continue on #40 until you get to the Kananaskis Lakes Trail and turn right. Drive on this road until you get to the Smith-Dorrien Road and turn right. Drive up the Smith-Dorrien and turn left at the road marked Engadine Lodge. Continue on this road, past the lodge and across the bridge. After following a sharp bend in the road, the trailhead parking lot will be on the left.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):250Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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 $87.50 (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.

Your coordinator has not done this hike before. Please allow time and patience for unforeseen circumstances.

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.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: