Boulder Pass 2 (later start) - Ptarmigan Lake - Thu, Aug 1 2024

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Boulder Pass 2 (later start) - Ptarmigan Lake (8/1/2024)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Aug 1 2024  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 31 2024 2:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 6 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Rhonda K
Shelley R
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 11 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Same trip as the first posting, but starting 30 minutes later to accommodate our wonderfully full waitlist!!!
Distance: 17 km (round trip) Elevation: ~700m This hike follows the very popular trail into Skoki Lodge. We'll go as far as the first pass on the trail: Boulder Pass, on the shores of Ptarmigan Lake.

The hike starts at the Skoki trailhead parking lot on Fish Creek, near the Lake Louise Ski area. From there, we begin the hike on an unremarkable (and tedious) gravel access road. It's a dull 4km, but after an hour, we've already gotten about 400m of elevation out of the way and it bring us to the actual trailhead that is located along the edge of the ski resort.

Once on the trail, we'll gradually wind our way up to the tree line, where the scenery dramatically improves, with meadows dotted with trees, creeks... and the boulders!

The pass itself offers views of Ptarmigan Lake and Deception Pass in the distance. We'll enjoy the views while we have lunch and then make our way back down. Those who are energetic may also wish to go and have a look at "Hidden Lake" on the descent, a short walk off the main trail at Halfway Hut. Note: there is NO shuttle needed for this event.

Required Items to Bring:
- Hiking boots / trail shoes (no runners)
- Bear Spray
- Water (at least one litre; I'll have a filter)
- Lunch, snacks
- Clothes for changeable weather including rain jacket
- Bug spray (there are usually horseflies, plus the usual critters)
- Warm layers
- National Park pass
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Camera
- Hat and Sunscreen
- Sit-upon if you don't care to sit on boulders

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west. Exit at Lake Louise and turn right, following the signs to the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Slow as you climb the hill away from the highway, watching for signs for the Skoki/ Fish Creek trailhead on your right. If you reach the ski resort, you've gone too far. Park in the lot or on the road near the gate. Please do not block the gate.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):305Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $97.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Saturday, July 13, 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.


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