Grass Pass and Bull Creek Hills - Sat, Nov 22 2014

Print-Friendly Version
Download to your Outlook Calendar
Pour toutes informations en français, s'il vous plaît contactez Yannick à

Grass Pass and Bull Creek Hills (11/22/2014)

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:Southern Kananaskis - HIghwood
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 22 2014  9:05 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:35 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 20 2014 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~5-6 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Sylvia(1) A.
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: Approx:11-12km
Total Elevation Gain: Approx: 700M
Route: Official and unofficial trails. Be ready to explore.

+++Microspikes/icers are required..+++
DRIVERS needed.
Expect snow, so come prepared.
Pls do not be a rush to get back to Calgary-event time may vary..
After reviewing the participants list, I may contact you regarding your experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Sorry NO jeans/sweat pants. Proper hiking boots required.

While most areas in the mountains are covered in snow, this area between the foothills and mountains is ideal for off-trail hiking in almost any month of the year. We'll be mostly out of the trees with views in all directions.

We'll first hike 3.2km on the Grass Pass Trail along an old exploration road. The ascent is fairly gradual (425m) up to Grass Pass. At the pass we'll head eastward and upwards into the Bull Creek Hills. The Bull Creek summit is an additional 2.5km (265 m), with 1km of ridge walking. From the Bull Creek summit we'll have wonderful views of Mt. Head and Holy Cross Mountain.

· Google Earth coordinates: 50°24'59.23"N, 114°34'56.15"W
· GemTrek Highwood & Cataract Creek Map

· Longview Weather

Please note that this is not a speed demon's hike(getting to the top in record time) We we will be hiking at a Moderate Pace on flat areas and at a Slower Pace on steeper terrain going up. If you're used to "slowpoke- paced hikes" then this hike is not for you. Please remember that it's alot harder to hike in snow/winter conditions then summer conditions.

Winter Safety Consideration:
Completed by Sylvia on November 18, 2014.
Terrain Classification: Grass Pass/Bull Creek Hills is between the foothills and the Front Range-east of the gate and is not assigned a rating on avalanche bulletins.
Conditions: Not listed.
Plan: Hike along Grass Pass Trail and up to Bull Creek summit as per Gemtrek Map.If we encounter snow that is higher than the ankle, we will look for an alternate route with less snow or turn back
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.

Required Items to Bring:
-Proper hiking Boots and pack (PLS ensure your PACK is big enough to include extras -- one should always be ready for the unexpected)
-NO Sling pack not appropriate for hike.
-Plenty of water
-Dress in layers
-Mittens(at least 2 pairs), toque
-Extra socks(if your boots aren't waterproof and your feet get wet-you will freeze)

-First-aid kit-Highly recommended
-Bear spray and/or air horn and/or whistle - HIGHLY recommended,
-Change to pay your driver
-Plastic bag to put muddy boots in.
-NO cotton clothes-or Jeans.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
-Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Will be emailed to participants.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:35 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 $67.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Wednesday, December 1, 2021). 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.


- 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.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: