Galatea Lakes - Mon, Aug 5 2019

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Galatea Lakes (8/5/2019)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.You will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the COC.

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:Spray Lakes Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Aug 5 2019  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Aug 4 2019 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx 8 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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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:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 3 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Distance: 17km round trip to Upper Galatea Lake
Elevation Gain: 670m.
Pace: Relaxed

Those willing to drive may be given preference

We will make a brief bathroom stop at the Barrier Lake Visitor Centre on our way to the Galatea Lakes Trailhead.

This is meant to be a relaxing yet steady paced hike with ample opportunities for photos and brief rest stops along the way. We will take a 20 minute break at Lillian Lake before tackling the final 2km and 200m ascent to Upper Galatea Lake (our lunch spot). Plan on spending a good hour here to relax and enjoy!

The trail begins at the Galatea parking and descends quickly to the Kananaskis River, where a suspension bridge provides easy access to the opposite side. A junction near the far side of the bridge links Terrace Trail with Galatea Creek. Turn left at this junction and begin the slow climb up the valley. This trail zigzags back and forth over Galatea Creek as it climbs the valley. As you go further, you begin to get some views to the left towards Fortress Ridge and an outlier of The Fortress.

After crossing the creek for the third time, the trail begins to traverse a high cutbank rising to the right. Soon, the trail makes a number of short switchbacks to climb above the creek, and then it quickly rejoins. After crossing back over to the left of the river at bridge 5, the creek drops over a pretty waterfall. At around the 2km mark, the trail crosses several runoff channels coming off the cliffs of Mount Kidd to the right of the trail. This brings the trail into a darker, moister section of forest. After several more crossings, the trail begins a very steep section just after crossing bridge 9 at km 4.5. This steep section levels out just before joining the junction with Guinn's Pass Trail at the 5km mark. Keep climbing more gradually past that junction and you will meet the shores of Lillian Lake half a kilometre further.

**The most demanding part of the hike is between Lillian Lake and Lower Galatea Lake where you will climb as much as 180m in just over 1km**.

As always the stated event duration is an estimate only, please do not be in a rush to get back to Calgary. If you have concerns about being home by a certain time it's likely best not to register - when in doubt, don't come out.

Required Items to Bring:

Suitable hiking footwear
Plenty of water (3 litres)
Lunch and snacks
Rain/wind gear and extra layers regardless of forecast
Bag for dirty shoes/boots
Carpool money
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking Poles
Bug Spray
Bear Spray
Headlamp (always recommended to be in your pack)
Personal First Aid Kit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada highway then take the Kananaskis Country highway # 40 turnoff and head south. Travel approximately 33 km to the Galatea trailhead parking lot.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):195Km
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 $62.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Tuesday, November 30, 2021). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:$3.00 Event fee for Regular COC members and Guests or purchase premier membership for one year.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the COC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

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