The Ink Pots via Moose Meadows - Fri, Oct 20 2023

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The Ink Pots via Moose Meadows (10/20/2023)

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 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:Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 20 2023  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 19 2023 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Judy T
You must be logged in to get the Event Coordinator contact information.
Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:4
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Elevation Gain: 220m
Approximate Distance: 11 km

Starting out at the Moose Meadows parking lot, we will wind our way up through the forest to the Ink Pots. The Ink Pots are the outlets of seven cold mineral springs, fed by rainwater and snow-melt that has percolated into the surrounding bedrock. Two of the springs run murky due to the sediments disturbed by the rising water - hence the name Ink Pots. We will return the same way we came.
Note: This event requires a reasonable fitness level. If you have not been physically active over the past month, incorporating some cardio into your routine, then this event is not for you.

Required Items to Bring:
- Lunch and beverages
- $ or park pass for entry into Banff National Park
- sturdy hiking shoes or boots
- water
- lunch
- warm clothing/layers
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- hiking poles
- gaiters
- camera
- bear spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west to just past the town of Banff. Stay on the highway until the highway 93 overpass, turn right and head towards Castle Mountain junction. Turn right onto highway 1A and watch for the Moose Meadows sign, turn left and follow the road to the parking area and trailhead.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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 $96.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Tuesday, April 16, 2024). 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.

Note that COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip.

- 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

Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: