TRAIL: Prairie Mountain
LOCATION Kananaskis (Bragg Creek)
DISTANCE: 7.5KM Roundtrip
ELEVATION GAIN: 701M approx (For reference the Calgary Tower is 191M Tall)
HIKING TIME: Approx 5.0 hours round trip (approx. 3 hours of hiking plus lunch and breaks)
DIFFICULTY: DIFFICULT (DIFFICULT incline throughout with some challenging incline at the beginning and end) it is achievable for “average” active hikers who are used to moderate vertical incline (i.e., getting to the “top” of at least 500M peaks). However due to the 700M+ elevation gain it may be beyond some individual abilities. If you’re not sure please call/email Todd to discuss. Not for first time or beginner hikers.
DOGS: ok but caution on this trail due to elevation gain. If your dog is used to this degree of activity they are welcome. No exceptions dogs must be leashed at all times …make sure its physically appropriate to bring fido along – we have had a dog paw injury and exceeded the physical limits of another dog on previous hikes.
KANANSKIS TRAIL REPORT: No specific Information on this trail but other in this area are open with no issues. STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation. Bear & cougar season be extra “bear cautious”. Travel only in groups!
WEATHER REPORT: 30 degrees mostly sunny in the morning with 20% chance of rain in the afternoon.
TRAIL DESCRIPTION: We are going up up and away! This is a short but steep hike. Once you arrive at the summit you’ll be rewarded with stunning views. You can see over 100 kms in all directions. The summit is open makes for a good spot to have your lunch – bring a wind breaker it is ALWAYS windy at the top!. ?
WAIVER: A waiver must be reviewed and signed prior to participating. Waivers will be available at the meeting location.
DEPARTURE TIME: 8:30 AM (don’t be late cause we won’t wait!)
MEETING PLACE: 2nd floor lounge at CO-OP on 1130 – 11 Avenue SW http://goo.gl/maps/0WJu Store is open so grab any last minute items. Please check in with Todd 8:15AM-8:30AM in the upstairs coffee lounge (enter doors, turn left, up the stairs). (note store opens Saturday/Sunday at 8AM for those who need last minute items)
CARPOOL: Upon arrival please let Todd know if you’re driving or in need of a ride. Don’t assume there will be enough cars bring your vehicle. You can leave it parked in the $2 all day lot across from CO-OP on 10th AV SW (lot with the big blue sign). (you’re car may be towed if you leave it in the Co-op parking lot – ask Todd about other options). If we don’t have enough vehicles at co-op the hike will be cancelled. So far we have not had an issue yet – but we are having increasing attendance and fewer drivers.
TRAIL HEAD DIRECTIONS: Driving directions to the hike parking area will be provided.
PARK PASS: NOT Required (car poolers will SHARE the cost of the pass with drivers)
MANDATORY ITEMS: 2.0 litres water/fluid (mandatory! ), appropriate clothing (think layers), backpack, lunch and snacks, hat, sunscreen, runners or hiking boots (no sandals or flip flops), extra t-shirt(s), wind breakerraincoat & dry t-shirt(s) for the windy and usually cooler “pass”
SUGGESTED ITEMS: Sun glasses, sun screen, bug spray!, bear spray, wind breaker/light rain coat, trekking poles, sandals for car trip, camera, fruit, energy bars, change of clothes for ride home, money, gas money, binoculars, shareable snacks, etc Please do not “live off the generosity” of others bring your own supplies ?
OTHER: I highly recommend bringing another 500ml of something to drink and an energy bar for the car ride and to finish them before the hike starts. Worst thing you can do is start hiking hungry and dehydrated after an hour+ car ride.
ETIQUETTE: It is customary to provide $5+ to the driver for gas, it is a group hike please stay with the group, let wildflowers live, stay on the trail, leave no trace, pack out everything you bring, communicate up front any timelines to your passengers (i.e., having to be back at “x” time ) so they can decide if they want to go with someone else that has no time restrictions.
PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS: We hate to have to even put this in here but we do. This is a fun group activity so please bring your “group first” attitude. Please note we will be sticking fairly closely to the planned hiking itinerary and are unable to accommodate individual needs or requests to alter the itinerary, timelines, structure, or other types of individual requests. Sticking to the groups stated itinerary is respectful to other participants and of course complies with safety/insurance/legal issues we face. You must be physically able to complete the entire hike and travel at 4KM hour.
POST HIKE ACTIVITY: Bragg Creek Bakery & Coffee Shop