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Headwall Lakes (8/3/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 3 2019  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 1 2019 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6 hours + travel
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Leonard Kampel
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 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: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 14 km return
Elevation Gain: 440m
Pace: Moderate

Departing from the same trailhead as Chester Lake, we'll head one valley to the south. Headwall Lakes is a bit more challenging, but we will be rewarded with lakes and waterfalls. Beginning on an old logging road, (now ski trail in winter) we will start with a fairly level walk through forest. Breaking off onto an undeveloped trail we will follow Headwall Creek to the cascade coming down from the first headwall. An abrupt ascent will launch us onto a Karst pavement and towards the lower Headwall Lake. The view extends to the Great Divide. After a brief rest at the first lake, we will continue to the upper Headwall Lake via a short but steep section that involves maneuvering ourselves over roots and rocks. Once there, we will be treated to amazing views and a well deserved lunch break by the water. We'll return the way we came.

As always, the stated hiking time is an estimate only. We will be out to enjoy the day and not in a rush to finish. If you have concerns about being back in the city by a certain time please refrain from registering.

Note: This is an exploratory hike and some route finding may be necessary.

Required Items to Bring:
Lunch and snacks
Hiking shoes/boots
Bag for dirty shoes/boots
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Bear spray
Hiking poles
Personal first aid kit
Bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway for 80km and take the Kananaskis Country highway # 40 turnoff and head south. Continue south for 50km and turn right onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Drive 2 km and turn right onto Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (#742) for another 21km until you reach the Chester Lake parking area on your right. It is a big lot and well signed.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):290Km
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 $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.

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:Event fee for regular COC members: $3
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!