Winter Hike365 Nov 9th Adventure!
Hey ladies! This months Hike365 event is on Sunday November 9th and we are heading up to Pigeon Mountain via Skogan Pass in Alberta’s own Kananaskis Country!
Views include: Windtower, Rimwall, and 3-Sisters ranges.
Name: Pigeon Mountain Hike via Skogan Pass -trailhead located 1hr west of Calgary on Hwy 1
At the south end of the trailhead parking lot head through the vehicle barriers and only minutes later you make a left up the obvious cut line with power poles which heads up to Skogan Pass.
There is a road that parallels the cut line on your left for large portions of the trail.
Generally keep on the cut line trail and circumvent a couple of ravines by taking the trail or road on your left.
Eventually you come to an obvious left hand turn onto the upper road with a cairn and couple of posts at this intersection.
From the upper road (approx 20 minutes later) keep an eye out for the sign “Living with Wildlife” on your left. This is where you exit the road and only 5 minutes to tree line on a hiking trail.
It takes around 1.5 hours (not in snow) to this point at a moderate pace.
From here there is a small foot trail up the open grassy slopes all the way to the ridge between the north and south summits.
Some sections of these grassy slopes are deceptively steep (crampons and hiking poles are an asset)
Follow the ridge to the north summit, south summit optional. T
Traverse from tree line to the north summit is approx 1.5 hours for a moderate pace (not in snow).
Please Read + Review True Dino’s Blog Entry of the hike for detailed photographs and to get familiar with the route as we may encounter snow! Please note will NOT be taking the shortcut unless it is obvious. True Dino
Trail Rating: Moderate
Distance: 14.8 km return
Elevation Gain: 992m
Duration: Minimum 6 hours return
Map: See below, #46 to #47
Trail Head Location + Directions:
Trail head is located approximately 1 hour from Calgary.
From the TransCanada highway 1 west approx 75km and take the Dead Man Flat’s Excit + cross over the #1 to the south side of the highway Drive 1.3km on the road to the parking lot and trail head, keeping right just near the Banff Gate Mtn Resort
START TIME: 830am sharp! Shorter days are here! 😦
Experience Level: 4-5hr day hike before, 600m+ elevation gain experience preferred, winter hiking experience required.
Fitness Level: must be able to hike consistently at a pace allowing us to gain 992 metres over 14.8km with minimal breaks ( it is going to be cold & windy at the top so we will enjoy our view quickly!
Equipment Required: Bear Spray + Headlamp You will not be permitted to join the hike if you do not have bear spray at the trailhead.
Equipment Recommended: Crampons, gaiters, and or hiking poles.
Should inclement weather ie: snowfall, below normal temperatures occur, we will be choosing an alternate hike of:
- a) Taylor Lake (12.6km; 585 m elevation gain, trailhead: Taylor Creek Day-use area 8 km west of Castle Junction on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway )
- b) Ink Pots 10.8km km one way 215 m elevation gain; Trailhead: 22km west of Banff on the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A). You may require snowshoes if snowfall is substantial.
Registration opens Tuesday November 4th at 9 am Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, Instagram user name, phone number, and your completed questionnaire
Our hikes are first come first serve, so make sure your completed questionnaire is included in your email!
Please download your questionnaire HERE and send your responses in with your registration email request!
This is a FREE hike, we are a group of girls meeting at a trail head to hike the same trail. You are responsible for your own self on the trail and we are not liable. By attending this free event you are agreeing to our terms, and must acknowledge our waiver that will be sent to your email.
You are required to email transfer a $25 deposit to email@example.com to complete your registration. This deposit will be paid back to you at the trail head. If you are unable to attend the event or cancel, your deposit is only returned to you provided we can find a girl to fill your spot.
We hope that you understand Hike365 is based on the concept of building community among women who want to meet other girls to hike with and connect in the future on our own hikes. We have a large number of girls who join the wait list for our events, but with short notice often cannot attend if someone cancels. The basis of the deposit is so that if you need to cancel, you do so within an ample timeline and we are then able to get another hike365’er out on the adventure!
Hike365 is only open to women, sorry boys!
Metsä the blue heeler will be joining us on leash at all times . If you want to bring your pup we love the company! We require that your dog remains on leash at all times, and is good with other dogs + people