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Mount Burke Loop via North Peak (9/2/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Hwy 940, Southern Kananaskis
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 2 2018  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 31 2018 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5 - 6 hours + driving and dinner
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Ben Cheong
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:3
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 6 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Mount Burke offers panoramic views over the Highwood area in southern Kananaskis Country. Views of Cataract Creek and neighbouring mountain peaks are worth what seems like a long trail as you're walking up. The 1929 lookout is still apparently intact after years of not being in use. The Highwood area is enriched with beauty, from the rich lands that the ranchers have long been making their homes on, to the glorious mountain peaks that climbers have long explored. History has it that a survey crew who were mapping out the area decided to name the mountain after a forest ranger, Denis Burke, who made his home beneath the slopes of Mount Burke in 1919 on Pekisko Creek. According to his granddaughter though, it was the delicious food and great hospitality of Mrs. Burke, wife to Denis Burke, that persuaded the survey crew surveying the area to name the mountain after her!

This hike is a loop with an extensive ridgewalk. We will going up via North Peak and then traversing about 1.7km over to Burke and and the lookout. As I have not done this particular route before, expect route finding, possible bushwhacking, exposure, slogging, and loose rock sections, generally have fun. Some sections of the "trail" may not be clearly marked. Not for slowpokes.

Mount Burke Loop by Bob Spirko

Distance: 12 - 14km (depending on where we can park and which route)
Elevation Gain: 1000m

- Bear spray is MANDATORY
- Fun anything goes adventurous event, if you're picky about stuff, this may not be the event for you.
- Early dinner nearby after the hike. Don't be in a rush to get back into town.

Required Items to Bring:
- Bear Spray MANDATORY
- Water minimum 1.5L. Bring a filter or puri tabs if you plan on refilling along in stream/lake
- Lunch & Snacks
- Small headlamp
- Appropriate clothing including rain gear. It can cold at higher elevations
- Personal first aid kit
- Hiking poles
- Spare change of clothes and footwear(leave in car)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Camera
- GPS and or map/compass
- sunscreen and sunglasses
- snacks and jokes to share

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Note we will be driving down a gravel road for a short section.
From Hwy 22X heading west, turn left (south) onto Hwy 22 heading south
Go through Turner Valley and Black Diamond continuing south on Hwy 22 towards Longview
At Longview turn right (west) onto Hwy 541.
After approx 44k at the Hwy 940/Forestry Trunk Rd junction. Stop and regroup here at the Highwood general store and gas bar (no cell phone reception, road turns to gravel going forward.
After this, we'll head south on Hey 940 for approx 13km to the Cataract campground. Turn into the campground road and just shortly after crossing a creek there should be a grassy place to park on the right just before the campground.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):220Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $57.20 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Monday, February 18, 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.


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Member Cost:$3.00/Person
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