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Buller Pass (7/20/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 20 2019  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:15 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 19 2019 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 6 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Simone
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 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: 6 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Distance: 14.7km return
Elevation Gain: 670m
Pace: Moderate and steady.
Priority: May be given to drivers. Note that the Smith Dorrien Trail is gravel.
Group: We will stay together as a group at all times. This is prime bear territory
Duration: Event duration may vary. Please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.


I hiked this trail on June 24th. It was in great shape but unfortunately we had to turn back before we could go up the headwall to the pass. I'd like to try again. We will not be making the circuit over North Buller Pass on this trip. We'll take in the view from the pass then turn around and go back the way we came. Moderate length, moderate pace.

An adventurous, rewarding dayhike. After the first hour, you'll be mostly above the treeline with the surrounding mountains in view. The view from the pass is outstanding.

From the parking area, return to the highway and cross it. The trail begins on the east side. Immediately cross a small bridge, enter forest, and curve northeast. This will remain your general direction of travel for the first hour. Within 15 mins, cross a bridge to Buller Creek's north bank. The trail ascends moderately then contours for nearly 1km through pleasant Engelmann spruce forest. At 2.8km, cross a bridge to the creeks south bank. Ascend more steeply, then enjoy a level reprieve. Where the forest opens, you can look up both valleys: right (east-southeast) leads to Buller Pass; left (northeast)leads to North Buller Pass. Mt. Buller is farther left (directly north).

About an hour from the trailhead, pass a turquoise pool where the creek cascades into a rock bowl. Then cross a footlog over the creek's south fork. One minute beyond, watch closely for a fork near a tree blazed N-S. Here, at 3.7km, bear right, staying on the main trail. Proceeding on the main trail, within 15mins ascend past a gorge on the right and attain a view of the cliffs. Larches appear in the upper subalpine zone. The trail begins curving northeast. At 2240m Buller Pass is visible ahead.

Ascending gently into the upper basin, the trail grazes a creeklet and small cascade. Then it climbs the steep, rocky headwall, gaining 160m to crest Buller Pass at 7km, about 2 hrs from the trailhead. Ribbon lake is visible east, in the basin far below the pass. Behind it is 2959m Mt Kidd. North of the lake is 3144m Mt. Bogart.

PACE: We will be hiking at a moderate pace. If you're not sure about a hike, feel free to contact the coordinator and remember to always hike within your ability in order to be able to keep up with the group. If you have not hiked before or recently hiked with 500M+, this hike is not for you.

Ref: Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies Gem Trek Canmore and Kananskis Village map
This event may be cancelled if the forecast is not favourable.


Required Items to Bring:
- Cheerful disposition
- Cash to pay your driver and $3 fee (no e-mail transfers)
- Hiking boots (no runners)
- Bear Spray
- Water (at least one litre)
- Lunch, snacks
- Clothes for changeable weather including rain jacket
- Warm layers
- Plastic bag for your muddy boots for drive home
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Highway 1 west toward Canmore. Exit onto Three Sisters Parkway and follow the signs toward the Canmore Nordic Center. Continue past the Nordic Center (reset odomoter to 0) and turn onto the Smith-Dorrien Hwy- the pavement will soon end. At 31.4km from the Nordic Center turn right (west) into Buller Mtn day-use-area parking lot. The trail will start across the hwy.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):290Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:15 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 $75.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Sunday, August 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.

Notes:
- 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. - Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com. - Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year
- 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.
- Notice any errors or problems in the information on this page? Please notify our Content Editor(s), Wendy W and Lynda H., at content@calgaryoutdoorclub.com.
- Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year


Cost Includes:Event fee for regular COC members: $3

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