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

Barrier Lake Lookout - Brisk Pace (11/12/2017)

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.For some events a payment may be required. Payment is not made directly to COC - please review event details fully for information about if and how you will be required to make payment.

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:Sun, Nov 12 2017  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Nov 11 2017 1:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~4 hours + driving
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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:4
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance:10 km return to Barrier Lake lookout
Elevation gain: 500 metres to Barrier Lake lookout.
Note: Microspikes are required and waterproof hiking footwear. This is a Winter hike. Snowshoes are not likely required but bring along if you have them just in case.

A popular trail in the Kananaskis area with excellent views. We will cross Barrier Dam and climb from that point on. The grade is persistent and we climb using a series of switchbacks. With nearly continuous climbing through the trees, we will reach the ridge. The trail narrows and becomes steeper in the last 200m before the cliff top. The cliff top itself is a great place to take in the views and snap photographs.

We will be moving at a moderate to fast-ish pace but there will be lots of breaks for photos etc. Depending on conditions, we'll linger at the top before heading down. If you can make the summit of Prairie in 1.5 hours you're should be ok speed wise. I plan to be back in Calgary by mid afternoon so we won't be dawdling a lot.

Required Items to Bring:
- Microspikes
- Adequate clothing and layers for the conditions. NO COTTON
- Sunglasses
- Personal first-aid kit
- Water and lunch snacks
- Change to pay your driver for car pool
- Headlamp
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Poles
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Highway 1. At the highway 40 turnoff head south for 9km. Turn into the Barrier Dam day use area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):155Km
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 $43.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.28, effective Wednesday, April 24, 2019). This is based on $0.15/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Note that drivers with large vehicles have the option to adjust this cost based on their vehicles. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual amount among all people in the vehicle and bring some change as drivers are not expected to carry change.

Winter Safety Considerations
Entered by Ben C on Nov 6, 2017
Terrain Classification: Permitted as front range terrain.

Coodinators 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.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in COC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at
- Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year

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

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!