Hike365 Feb 15th Snowshoe Adventure Details!

Hike365 Feb 15th Snowshoeing | Hike

Hey ladies! This months Hike365 event is on Sunday Feb 15th and we are heading up to Tower Lake in Banff Nat’l Park.

We will be posting our XC Ski option later this week! Please refer to this POST for preliminary information on the XC options!

Views include: Castle Mtn, Eisenhower Tower + Helena Ridge.


DETAILS:
Tower Lake Banff Nat’l Park
Registration Opens: Feb 9th 9am MST
Group Maximum: 7 girls
Trail Rating: Moderate-difficult depending on snow depth.
Distance: 15.4km return (7.7km each way)
Elevation Gain: 670m
Duration: Minimum 4.5 hours

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Tower Lake | Hike 365 Photo

Tower Lake | Hike 365 Photo

Description:

The route to Tower Lake follows a forested old access road, to a single track trail to meadows + boulders, then to the lake.

Our first 5km is a moderate steady climb (we gain 518 of our 670m in this section) through the forest and on a sunny morning the rays of light through the trees are stunning if a fresh snowfall has happened.
We then move into a narrow single track trail with a mellow set of ups and downs
Soon we enter the subalpine area where the views open up and there are snow covered boulders, and Eisenhower Tower ( the southeast rampart of Castle Mtn) is visible to the left and Helena Ridge on the right.
We reach Tower Lake about 1 hr  beyond where the old access road narrowed to a trail (if the snow is deep!) and can walk the edge of the lake to the outlet stream where our hike will finish for the day.
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!

Note: We will not be continuing past Tower Lake to Rockbound Lake. As per our Hike365 standards + guidelines we do not as an organized group travel beyond an Avalanche Terrain Exposure of Class 1 as per Parks Canada Avalanche Terrain Ratings for Backcountry Touring in the Mountain Parks. If you want to go to Rockbound Lake please pursue this destination on your own time ** 🙂

 

Tower Lake | Hike 365 Photo

Views of Helena Ridge from the outlet Stream | Hike365 Photo

Views of Helena Ridge from the outlet Stream | Hike365 Photo

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Map: See below, we follow the Rockbound Lake Trail

HIke 365 Photo

Hike 365 Photo

Trail Head Location + Directions:

Trail head is located 1 hr 45 minutes from Calgary, please plan accordingly

From the TransCanada highway 1 west exit at Hwy 93 (castle junction), turn right and cross the bridge and pass Castle Village.

Turn right at the stop sign and drive approx 200m to the Rockbound Lake trail head.

 

 

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 snow shoeing experience preferred.

Fitness Level: must be able to ski at a pace allowing us to gain 670 metres over 7.7km at a consistent pace.

Equipment Required: Snowshoes | Poles | Proper winter attire | Headlamp | Hiking Boots: in case the trail is packed down adequately along the fire road we will hike + then snowshoe when we reach higher elevation if applicable

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 permitted and are to be on leash at all times when on the trail.

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.

The tower lake trail is in low avalanche risk terrain (alongside over 90 winter travel destinations within Parks Canada Mountain National Parks fourth edition Avalanche Terrain Ratings) but we do travel alongside a potential avalanche slope with options to reduce + eliminate exposure.

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 Feb 15th 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 Feb 15th 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.

Helena Ridge | Hike365 Photo

Hike365 Photo

 

ALTERNATE HIKES:

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.


REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY FEB 9th at 9am

Please email: hello@hike365.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! We do not accept early registrations.

Please download your questionnaire HERE and send your responses in with your registration email request!

Hike365 | Photo

Hike365 | Photo

 

IMPORTANT

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 hello@hike365.org 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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