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Picklejar Lake up to Scree Pass &optionally beyond (7/10/2019)

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$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)
The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Highway 40 Highwood area
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jul 10 2019  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jul 9 2019 8:00:00 AM
Event Duration:12 hours includes driving
Difficulty Rating:D6: Difficult to Advanced
Event Coordinator(s): Geoff C
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:4
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

We'll start from the usual trailhead at Lantern Creek Day Use and hike up the Picklejar Lakes trail beside the creek, turn east over a rock spine and down to the 4 lakes. At 3'rd/4'th lake we turn north and hike a scree route (a section of easy scrambling) up and over a rugged scree pass and late-melting snow conditions permitting down into a cirque on the west side of the Junction Creek headwaters.

We can explore the cirque for a while and then return over the pass to walk around the lakes- enjoy the long daylight hours near the summer solstice.

Trail distance round trip is 16 km
Elevation gains to the pass 800 m (if we're able to drop down into the cirque and back then we do approximately 950 m )

Please note that this coordinator has not done the scree pass/cirque portion of this route - although on July 8, 2018 the rest of his group did so - coordinator has GPS data, an InReach satellite communicator device and is willing to explore.

My last year's COC trip report with its album link is : here

Required Items to Bring:

Boots with good ankle support for scree section

Helmet (advised from 2018 trip), bike helmet OK


Water 2 - 3 L or water-treatment methods

Suitable clothing layers for varied weather

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.


Trekking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Valley Ridge take Highway 1 west to Highway 40. Turn south on Highway 40. Stay on #40 through Highwood Pass and continue south. Park in the Lantern Creek day use parking area, right (west) side of Highway 40.

From south end of Calgary it's best to meet us at the trailhead (approx 250 km car round trip). Take Highway 2A south to Highway 7 west to Black Diamond. From there take Highway 22 south to Longview and take Highway 541 west to Highwood Junction. From there take Highway 40 north to the Lantern Creek day use parking on the left /west side of highway 40.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):280Km
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 $72.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Sunday, July 12, 2020). 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.

Downloadable GPX File for Picklejar Lakes to Scree Pass into Cirque; one-way track; please wait a few seconds for download prompt: HERE

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