Burstall Pass - Slow Pace - Sun, Sep 5 2021

Burstall Pass - Slow Pace (9/5/2021)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 5 2021  10:30 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 4 2021 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 6 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: Participation in this event is conditional upon attendee compliance with the following restrictions: If you have COVID-19, COVID-19-like symptoms, or may have COVID-19 due to a recent exposure, you are expected to withdraw from this event and stay home. We will be more than happy to see you at another event once it is considered safe for you to do so! Failure to comply with this requirement may result in removal from this event and/or future events.

CARPOOL: The Province of Alberta is in Stage 3 and has removed COVID-19 restrictions. The COC now allows traditional carpooling, however, it is left up to the discretion of: (1) the coordinator whether to include carpool on their events, and (2) drivers whether to take carpool passengers on an event.

See our COVID-19 Policy for complete information.

Distance: 15km return
Elevation gain: 475m

Minor creek crossings may be required.
There is no formal carpool for this event, but of course you are free to arrange car sharing yourselves. I'll stop at Barrier Lake information center at 9:30 am.

This adventurous hike takes you through forest and meadows to 2380m Burstall Pass with views of the glaciated north face of Mt. Sir Douglas.

At the outset the trail crosses open meadows below Mud Lake. You pass a left branching trail as you start to climb on old logging roads through the forest. Immediately, you veer right following trail markers and continue along the wide, rolling road that leads into the valley. The surface is hard-packed with few rocks. After Burstall Lakes, the road reverts to a narrow hiking trail.

Soon you escape the forest at the edge of an alluvial plain. To your left sits impressive Robertson Glacier whose meltwater has washed down the gravel that covers the valley floor. From here a steep and rooty path leads quickly to treeline and meadows bristling with western anemonies.

After this brief respite, you begin the final ascent to the pass. There from your windswept vantage point far above treeline, you are rewarded with magnificent views that sweep from Mt. Birdwood in the north to Mt. Sir Douglas in the south. Continue a short way west of the pass for views of Leman Lake and the Spray Valley to the west.

Ref: GemTrek's Kananaskis Lakes map.

The pace will be steady. We will be staying together as a group.

Note: We will drive on the Smith Dorrien Road which is gravel.

We are out to enjoy the day and duration may vary, please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.

Required Items to Bring:

I - Suitable Hiking Footwear
- 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
- Kananaskis Conservation Pass
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Camera
- Water shoes / crocs for water crossing

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail, and then just a short way down the road, turn right again onto the Smith-Dorrien / Spray Road (gravel road). Park at the Burstall Pass Trailhead.


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Cost & Payment:
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