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Packer's Pass + Peak Exploratory Hike (9/21/2019)

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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: Banff National Park - Skoki Area
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 21 2019  9:10 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 20 2019 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:13 hours includes driving time
Difficulty Rating:D7: Advanced
Event Coordinator(s): Geoff C
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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:12
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 8 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note this is a LONG DAY - please don't make evening plans for the day of this event.

Distance round trip: 22 km (GemTrek map)
Elevation gain: Approximately 960 meters
Pace: mostly moderate but slower while ascending
Packer's pass to the peak contains some scree and rocky terrain. Easy scrambling.

This event is for hikers who have recently completed some events with similar distance, elevation and pace.
Only sign up if you are willing to stick together and hike as a group - this area is prime bear habitat.
We are out to enjoy the day and event duration may vary, so do not be in a rush to get back to the city.
If the forecast for rain then this event will be postponed or cancelled.

Hike Description
Packer’s Pass is a great option for a day hike into the Skoki region. Distance and elevation are similar to Deception Pass but it is much more scenic. These passes are separated by Packer’s Peak with Packer’s Pass being on the west side. To get to Packer’s Pass, you first hike roughly 4km along the fire road. We’ll reach the Halfway Hut, pay a visit there then work our way through Boulder Pass to Ptarmigan Lake. After one km from Boulder Pass, we will look for a cairn on the west end of Ptarmigan Lake, which should mark where we begin our ascent up a grassy slope with a not so defined trail to Packer’s Pass. From the Pass we will see Zigadenus Lake (one of the Skoki Lakes) below. We expect to then hike about 130 m more elevation up Packer's Peak. The views in this whole area are impressive and we will be taking time to enjoy them.

"Lake Louise & Yoho" GemTrek Map
COC Aug 2014 trip report

Please note that this coordinator has not done the Ptarmigan Lake to Packer's Peak portion of this route but has GPS data and an InReach satellite communicator device.

Required Items to Bring:
proper hiking boots

food, water
clothes for varying weather conditions (no cotton nor jeans)
bear spray
personal first aid kit
Park Pass or money to purchase one
bag for dirty boots for the drive home

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

trekking poles
bug repellent

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From the Trans-Canada interchange at Lake Louise, follow Whitehorn Road uphill toward the Lake Louise ski area. At 1.7km turn right onto the gravel Fish Creek Road that's likely marked with a Skoki sign and follow it 1.0km to the Fish Creek Parking Area.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):350Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 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 $80.50 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Tuesday, June 2, 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.

Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions that may include bear closures for the trip.check this site

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in COC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
- Questions about equipment or rentals? Contact the Event Coordinator for suggestions and recommendations.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
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!