Memorial Lakes - Sat, Aug 25 2018

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Memorial Lakes (8/25/2018)

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 will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the COC.

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
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 25 2018  9:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 23 2018 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6-7 hours (+driving)
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Dave K
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

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


Distance : 16km
Elevation Gain : 759m
Pace : moderate


This hike should afford great views regardless of how smokey it might get and will go ahead regardless of conditions (barring lightning).

Note that the coordinator has not done this trail before so please be patient. Please go to the included link and read the complete write up; also be aware that since this write up there has been extensive flood damage to the trail.I have reports that repair work has been done but be aware it may be rugged in places . Please come prepared as we will attempt to reach the Third Lake if the conditions are safe.

Do not sign up if you have to be back by a specific time we might stop for a bite and a drink at Woody's in Kananaskis lodge

Reference: lakes.html

Waterfalls, tarns, and cliffs will be included in this hike. Starting from the Ribbon Creek Trailhead we will follow the creek valley along the well-known trail and then turn right onto a lesser known trail that many people pass by. This is an un-signed path which leads through a forested valley past several raging waterfalls to the three Memorial Lakes.Expect the terrain to be steep and rough going to the second lake with possibly some scrambling to the third lake.

Since this area is frequently visited by bears, we will stay in a close group of 4 or more people (within 3 metres between two individuals). Please bring bear spray. No bear bells please.


Required Items to Bring:
- Hiking boots (waterproof)
- Warm layers
- Rain / Wind gear regardless of the weather forecast
- Water
- Bear Spray
- Lunch

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Gaiters
- Hiking poles (highly recommended!)
- First Aid Kit
- Sunscreen
- Bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Highway 1 west . Drive south on Highway 40 for ~30 km to the Nakiska turn-off. Turn right and follow the signs to the Ribbon Creek trailhead. We'll meet at the parking lot which is the farthest in.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):220Km
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 $70.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Saturday, October 23, 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:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: