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Taylor / O'Brien Lakes and Beyond (Larches) (9/15/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 15 2018  10:15 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 14 2018 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6-7 hours (plus driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Total Distance: 18km or so
Elevation Gain: about 700m

Taylor/O'Brien Lakes is a classic Canadian Rockies hike to a couple of beautiful mountain lakes. The larch season is approaching so hopefully we will be treated to some early golden fall colours as well!

We will first hike to Taylor Lake, then after a little break to soak in the sights, we will move on to the side trail to O'Brien Lake. Please note that this side trail gets does not usually receive much in terms of maintenance so expect some deadfall to navigate over/around. We will enjoy our lunch and a well deserved rest stop at the lake. There will be an option to hike up a treed slope beyond the lake to a couple of smaller tarns if time permits.

This trip is best suited to strong hikers who have done hikes this year of similar length and elevation gain. We will hike at a relaxed pace.

I may give priority to those willing to drive

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking Boots
Rain/Wind Gear
Warm Layers
$ or park pass for entry into Banff National Park
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Bear Spray
Hiking Poles
Personal First Aid Kit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Event Directions: Take highway# 1 westbound to the Taylor Lake trailhead/dayuse area 8km past the Castle interchange. Since the new highway twinning there is a left turn lane into the trailhead parking area. The lot has been moved a bit east. Look for the Taylor Lake Trailhead sign.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):310Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 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 $80.60 (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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