Egypt Lake Redux - Fri, Aug 31 2012, Sat, Sep 1 2012, Sun, Sep 2 2012, Mon, Sep 3 2012

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PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike - Backpack
Event Location: Near Sunshine Village in Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Aug 31 2012, Sat, Sep 1 2012, Sun, Sep 2 2012, Mon, Sep 3 2012  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 28 2012 9:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 days/3 nights
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Jorinda
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:1
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:1
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


FRAGRANCE FREE, PLEASE... chemical and fragrance sensitivities. Thanks. :)

One Way
Distance: ~ 12.5 kmapprox.
Elevation Gain: ~ 695 m

We will take the $25 bus from the parking lot to Sunshine Village and walk to Healy Pass and down to Egypt Lake.
Please be on time or we will have to wait an entire hour for the next bus (11:15) - thank you!

Egypt Lake is a magical backcountry campground that leads to beautiful dayhikes with few hikers on the trails. The area has it all: lakes, waterfalls, a whistling pass, verdant meadows and moss. The area is absolutely gorgeous.

Day 1:
Backpack in, spend the afternoon and early evening setting up, visiting Egypt Lake and eating dinner.

Day 2:
Hike to Whistling Pass and Natalko Lake, a full day of moderate hiking

Day 3:
Visit Pharoh, Black Rock, Sphynx and Scrab Lakes plus waterfalls and a river, another full day of moderate hiking.

Day 4:
Backpack out.

Check out my facebook album of the trip (and the area was socked in by forest fire smoke that week).

Egypt Lake and surrounds is worth the mosquitos - Watkins worked very well for us and passes the "I-have-fragrance-allergies" sniff test. You've been warned. But it is soooo worth it.


Payment of $56.00(bus + sites + reservation fee) must be made prior to May 31, 2012 so that I can get the permits and bus reservations. You can PayPal it to or Interac Money Trasnfer to ~~ Many thanks.

Required Items to Bring:
- $ or park pass for entry to Banff National Park
- All backcountry camping gear including fool
- Mosquito repellant
Recommended Items to Bring:
Any and all mosquito avoidance gear/tactics. Egypt lake is worth the plethora, and I mean plethora, of mosquitos. Also bring reading material for nights in the tent when you have had enough of the mosquitos.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Follow the Trans Canada Highway to the Sunshine Village Interchange, 9 km west of the town of Banff. Continue on the Sunshine Road for another 9km to the Bourgeau Parking lot at the gondola base station. The Healy Pass trail begins from the parking area behind the base station to the right.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):280Km
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 $89.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Thursday, June 1, 2023). 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.

This trip isn't suitable for beginners or those who do not have all of the necessary gear and experience with multi-day backcountry camping. There are no fires allowed at Egypt Lake, no lockers (there are bear poles) and no potable water.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!