Winter Hike365 January 24th Event!

Winter Hike365 XC Ski Adventure January 24th

Hey ladies! This months Hike365 event is on Saturday January 24th and we are heading up to Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park!

Views include: Lake O’Hara, Wiwaxy Peak, Yoho Nat’l Park Warden Cabin, Lake O’Hara Lodge

Warden Cabin at Lake O’Hara | Hike365 Photo



Name: Lake O’Hara Cross Country Ski Trip

Group Maximum: 10 girls

Wiwaxy Peak Photo by Hike365
Wiwaxy Peak Photo by Hike365



The route to Lake O’Hara follows the restricted summer road which leaves from the parking lot at the east end.

Our first 2km is steady moderate climbing.
The next 5km is at a more level grade and all around is beautiful scenic views.
We then cross a creek and begin to moderately climb continiously until just before the lake.
Return trip is quite a lot faster as we return the same way we came, with those moderate grades working in our favor to help us out!
Hike365 Photo


Trail Rating: Moderate
Distance: 24km return (12km each way)
Elevation Gain: 430m
Duration: Minimum 5-6hours return

Map: See below, we follow the track set (last updated setting was Jan 8th) fire road past the campground, and warden cabin.

We follow the gray "trail"
We follow the gray “trail”


Trail Head Location + Directions:

Trail head is located approximately 2hours from Calgary. Please plan accordingly.

From the TransCanada highway 1 west turn south (left) off the highway 2.5km west of the Alberta/BC borders onto a side road marked by a Lake O’Hara sign.

Cross the railway tracks then immediately turn right and drive a short distance down a hill into the parking lot where we will meet.

Photo looking down from Narao Glades towards our route. Photo by Hike365


START TIME: 9am Shorter days are still here, so we have to have an early start!

Experience Level: 5-6hr day hike + 400m elevation gain experience required. Winter hiking or cross country skiing experience preferred.

Fitness Level: must be able to ski at a pace allowing us to gain 430 metres over 12km at a consistent pace.  Our break/lunch spot will be the warming hut/shelter at around the 3 hour mark.

Equipment Required: Cross Country Skis, Poles, and Boots | Headlamp |

Equipment Recommended: Winter travel means quickly changing weather conditions are possible.  Please pack appropriately for a change in weather as we will be on the trail for no less than 5 hours.

Dog Note: Dogs are not permitted on the Lake O’Hara trail at the time we are using it.

Avalanche Note: we do not want to scare you with this information. It is important to us to be transparent about the risks involved with winter travel.  We will be having a lot of fun on this trip, but do have to be aware of the risks! 🙂

This ski does not require avalanche safety training, but does require, basic first aid knowledge, + the discipline to respect avalanche warnings if applicable.

Lake O’hara fire road is in low avalanche risk terrain (alongside over 90 winter travel destinations within Parks Canada Mountain National Parks fourth edition Avalanche Terrain Ratings)

Definition of low avalanche risk terrain: Exposure to low angle or primarily forested terrain.  Some forest openings may involve run out zones of infrequent avalanches.  Many options to reduce or eliminate exposure.

This trip cannot be listed as free from all avalanche hazards due to the nature of winter travel.

By registering for this free meet up January 24th 2015 you are acknowledging the risks associated with winter travel, holding yourself accountable for your own actions.

With this acknowledgement through registering for a free meet up on January 24th 2015  you agree that all attendees (organizers + participants) of this meet up cannot be held liable should something happen to you due to your own actions + or the actions of nature.

Lake O’Hara Cabins photo by Hike365




Should inclement weather ie: heavy snowfall that day, below normal temperatures occur, or a high to extreme avalanche danger is in effect, we will be choosing an alternate hike of:

  1. 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 )
  2. 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.


Please email: 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/questionnaire that will be sent to your email.

You are required to email transfer a $25 deposit to 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!

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