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Raspberry Ridge Fire Lookout (10/6/2019)

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.For some events a payment may be required. Payment is not made directly to COC - please review event details fully for information about if and how you will be required to make payment.

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: South end of Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 6 2019  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:15 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 5 2019 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6 hours or so
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Simone
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
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
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 10km return
Elevation Gain: 645m
Pace: Moderate and steady.
Priority: May be given to drivers.
Group: We will stay together as a group at all times.
Duration: Event duration may vary. Please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.

The views from Raspberry Ridge are excellent with Crowsnest Mountain visable to the south and Mt. Burke visable to the east.

There are two options to get to the lookout. We'll be taking the steeper, more direct route up (300m in about 1 km) and for variety and to save the knees, the switchback route down.

Ref: GemTrek's Highwood and Cataract Creek map and Mike Potter's Fire Lookout Hikes in the Canadian Rockies pg. 41.

Please be respectful of the fire lookout and its attendant who makes their home there, and stay away from helicopter landing pads.

Please be warned that your event coordinator has not done this hike in over 14 years. Allow time/patience for unforseen circumstances please.

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)
- 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.
- Bear Spray
- Hiking poles
- Microspikes or similar traction for your boots (there may be snow at higher elevations)
- Gaiters
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Drive south on Highway 2, and turn onto 2A towards Okotoks. Past Okotoks, turn west on Highway 7. Just past Black Diamond, turn south on Highway 22 and then west on Highway 541. At Highwood Junction (the meeting of Highways 541, 40 and 940), drive 11.2km south on Hwy 940 (gravel) to a small parking area at an unmarked, gated road on the right (west) side of the highway).
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Km
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 $73.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.23, effective Monday, June 1, 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.


- 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
- Support the club by purchasing a Premier Membership: $25 a year

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!