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Cascade Amphitheatre, Hot Pool and Dinner in Banff (10/6/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Banff
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 6 2018  9:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 5 2018 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:7 hours hiking time plus time for travel pool and dinner.
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Dave K
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Member Cost:$40.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:1
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:1
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Elevation Gain: 610m
Approximate Distance: 15.4km

A Banff landmark, Cascade Mountain forms the northern skyline in the view from town. The Cascade Amphitheatre trail ascends into a steeply-walled cirque on the southwest flank of the mountain. Walk on asphalt between the ski area ticket office and the day lodge to pick up the trail, which begins as a bulldozed track. Just past the Mystic Chairlift, the trail begins a steady descent through open lodgepole pine forest. This descent continues for a little over 3km, until the trail crosses 40 Mile Creek.

Across the bridge, the uphill begins in earnest. The dog-tooth spire of Mt. Louis in the Sawback Range dominates the views west. During the climb from 40 Mile Creek, you pass from a montane ecoregion into the sub-alpine ecoregion, although the forest of lodgepole pine changes little. These trees seeded after a large forest fire in 1894. The trail levels at the entrance to the amphitheatre, where there is a marked transition from pine forest to a mix of Engellmann spruce and subalpine fir, typical of the upper subalpine ecoregion. Cirque valleys, such as Cascade Amphitheatre, were created and enlarged during the various ice ages of the last 2 million years. Glaciologists speculate that there have been 20 to 30 glacial advances in this time. The trail undulates over a series of low recessional moraines as it enters the amphitheatre. These moraines mark places of brief pause during the most recent glacial retreat.

Although the glacial ice is now gone, a chill remains on the floor of the amphitheatre. Cold air flows downhill and collects in depressions, creating frost hollows where full sized trees cannot develop. The many small mounds are earth hummocks, relict formations produced when permafrost existed under the soil. The meadows support the typical array of moisture-loving, alpine wildflowers, along with sedges and willows. The trail is vague in places but keeps to the western edge of the meadows, where it crosses rockslide debris from which several springs issue. About 1km after entering the amphitheatre, you climb through a small stand of trees to trail's end on a knoll of rockslide debris. You may see white-tailed ptarmigan, pikas, and hoary marmots nearby.

Required Items to Bring:
- $ or park pass for entry into Banff National Park
- $ for driver
- Sturdy hiking boots
-bathing suit
- Lunch
- Water (1L or more)
- Clothing for all weather
- Day pack
-Bear spray
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Follow Hwy 1 to Banff. Exit at Mt Norquay Rd and head towards the ski hill. Follow Mt Norquay Rd for 6km to the first parking lot on the north (right) at the ski area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):260Km
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 $67.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Thursday, March 21, 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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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$40.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$40.00/Person
Cost Includes:$8.30 for entrance to hot pool and approximate cost of dinner. Does not include gas for driver,club fees or park pass
Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

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