Chephren Lake - Sun, Jul 26 2015

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Chephren Lake (7/26/2015)

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:Icefields Parkway, Waterfowl Lakes campground
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jul 26 2015  11:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 25 2015 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 hours (plus driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Bruce F
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Total Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain/loss: 105 m / 42 m
Pace: Relaxed

Hidden a short distance from the mainstream of traffic on the Icefields Parkway, beneath the sheer limestone walls of the Great Divide, Chephren Lake offers spectacular scenery and a restful quite that can be reached with a minimum expenditure of time and energy.

The trail starts at the far end of the lakeshore picnic area and skirts the Waterfowl Lakes campground as the trail crosses the Mistaya River and begins the gradual climb towards Chephren Lake. As the trail gains elevation, the trees start to thin out, allowing for the occasional views of Howse Peak and Mount Chephren. By reaching the lake, one gets a complete view of the rugged, glacier draped, Howes Peak and of the spectacular looking, pyramid shaped, Mount Chphren. We'll have lunch at the lake and then return the way we came.

Ref: The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, 8th Edition, Hike 59, p. 130.

Please Note: 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:Take the TransCanada (Hwy 1) westbound, past the Lake Louise exit, and then exit onto the Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93 North). Continue on the Parkway for (approximately) another 50kms. Look for the Waterfowl Lakes Campground entrance on the left-hand side of the road. Turn into the campground entrance and stay to the right, and park at the Chephren-Cirque Lake trail kiosk. We will meet in front of the kiosk. 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):600Km
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 $210.00 (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.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: