Taylor & O'Brien Lakes - Wed, Jul 18 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
Event Location: Banff National Park
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jul 18 2012  10:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 18 2012 7:30:00 AM
Event Duration:5-6 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Jorinda
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Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 5 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Fragrance-free, please - chemical & fragrance sensitivities.

This includes bug-spray! Thank you. :)

Itinerary: Adapted from Don't Waste your Time in the Canadian Rockies

16.8 km
Elevation Gain: 600 m (approximate - at least 585)

Please note this is a mid-week (Wednesday) hike.

This will be a weather-dependent, slower-moderate paced hike so that we can really enjoy a full day.

Ed and I will stop in Canmore after the hike for pizza at Patrino's - please indicate in your registration notes whether you are interested in joining us!

Taylor Lake is one of the most accessible hanging valley lakes in the Bow Valley, and while the approach (heading up switchbacks up the side of the valley through forest) can be less than inspiring at times, the goal is well worth the trudgery. The trail opens up to meadow at the lake's outlet, and the north face of Mount Bell rises abruptly from the lakeshore, forming a 750m high wall. The low notch of Taylor Pass which is visible from here serves as a scrambling route into Consolation Valley.

We will continue on through meadows, mostly riverside, to the small but spectacular Lake O'Brien.

Please arrive before 8:30 so that we may all be in our cars and barelling toward Banff by 8:30.

Required Items to Bring:
- Park Pass or $ for Park Pass
- Good pair of hiking boots/shoes
- Lunch, snacks, water
Weather-appropriate clothing.
Recommended Items to Bring:
A lovely disposition.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take highway# 1 westbound to the Taylor Lake trailhead/dayuse area 8km past the Castle interchange. Since the new highway twinning there should be a left turn into the parking lot. The lot has been moved a bit east. Look for the Taylor Trailhead sign.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):345Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $110.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Tuesday, June 18, 2024). 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.


- 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!