Hike365 March 22nd Event is FULL :-)

Hey ladies due do an overwhelming interest in this hike our attendee roster is full! We increased the number of girls to 14 instead of 10!
This months Hike365 event is on Sunday March 22nd and we are either heading up to Black Rock Mountain or Aylmer Lookout
Views include: Devil’s Head, Mt Aylmer, Phantom Crag and the Ghost Valley

Black Rock Mountain
Registration Opens: Tuesday March 17th 9am MST
Group Maximum: 10 Trail Rating: Moderate-difficult due to elevation gain
Distance: 9.6km return (4.8km each way)
NOTE: if the road down to the trailhead from the top of the big hill is too rough, and the river has begun run off more than normal for this time of year we will be hiking from the top of the hill making the day total 15.6km return
Elevation Gain: 892m
Duration: Minimum 8-9 hours due to length of time needed to get to the trail head

Devil’s Head in Background | Photo by Caroline Keats

Trail Description:

• We will begin our hike with the direct start up a gully to the banktop.  Trail continues above the steep bank overlooking the side creek, passing through some easy deadfall onto the main trail.
• We follow a historic look out trail to the summit which has been around since 1928.  The trail is steep with shale and scree and some slight exposure near the summit. We ascend a scree trail to a draw with wonderful views of Mt. Aylmer continuing on to a plateau and then up the final scree (loose rock) ridge to the summit
• There is a rustic wooden look-out at the summit, as well as beautiful views of Phantom Crag, Devils Head, and Mt Aylmer.
• If you are uncomfortable with walking on loose rock, or exposure this hike will not be suited for you.
• As it is still technically winter, we will most likely encounter ice and snow.

Rustic lookout at the summit | Photo by Caroline Keats

Amazing rock formations on this front range mountain! | Photo by Caroline Keats

Traverse before the draw | Photo by Caroline Keats

Trail Map: See below, we follow trail 11


Parking Lot + Trail Head Location + Directions:
Parking Lot: We will be meeting at the Ghost Lake Day Use Area approx 55min from downtown calgary at 830am
Take Hwy 1A west from Cochrane if coming from Calgary, and drive for approx 17.5km from the intersection of 1a + Cowboy trail (hwy 22) You will cross the ghost river/ghost lake, and very soon after see a parking lot/boat launch on your left hand side, we will meet here and drive to the trail (approx 50min-1hr from Ghost lake parking lot).

PARKING LOT MEET TIME: 830am
Experience Level: 6hr day hike + 600m elevation gain experience required. Winter hiking experience preferred.
Fitness Level: must be able to hike at a pace allowing us to gain 892 metres over 4.8km at a consistent pace.
Equipment Required: Proper winter attire | Headlamp | Hiking Boots
Equipment Recommended: Crampons | Hiking Poles | Gaiters:  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 + encouraged! They are to be on leash at all times when on the trail.
NOTE: By registering for this free meet up March 22nd 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 March 22nd 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.

Cruisin the trail | Photo by Caroline Keats

REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY MARCH 17 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!

Beautiful views of Devil’s Head + the Ghost Valley | Photo by Caroline Keats

ALTERNATE HIKES: Should inclement weather ie: heavy rain or snow in days prior, below normal temperatures occur, 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) Aylmer Lookout Banff National Park (23.4km return 570m elev gain)

Photo by Caroline Keats

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!

Hiking Photos of Black Rock graciously provided by Caroline Keats of Calgary Alberta!

Carrie is a bonafide lover of life, traveller and outdoorswoman whom you can often find smiling and enjoying the simple life. Wondering what adventures Carrie’s been on lately? Check her out on Instagram!

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