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Brazeau Loop (81km) (7/27/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Icefields Parkway Hwy: Nigel Pass Trailhead
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jul 27 2017, Fri, Jul 28 2017, Sat, Jul 29 2017, Sun, Jul 30 2017, Mon, Jul 31 2017, Tue, Aug 1 2017  4:30 PM  (Carpool Departure: 4:45 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jul 23 2017 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5 nights
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Beata
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Member Cost:$52.67/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



The Details

Starting at the Nigel Pass trailhead in northern Banff National Park, the trail follows Nigel Creek, gradually climbing to Nigel Pass and the boundary with Jasper National Park (7 km). Along the way, the trail passes historic Camp Parker, marked by historic tree carvings. Please leave natural and cultural objects and sites as you find them. After the pass, ford the upper reaches of the Brazeau River, and turn left towards Boulder Creek campground. The unmaintained trail to the right leads to the White Goat Wilderness Area.

Past Boulder Creek you arrive at Four Point and the Jonas Shoulder junction. Turn left to head up to Jonas Shoulder or go straight to continue to Brazeau Lake. Both are very rewarding but make for quite long days. Heading to the lake first is more popular because there is less elevation gain. Both Jonas Cutoff and Brazeau Lake Campgrounds are good base camps for day trips. If you want to spend an extra day somewhere, either of these sites would be a good choice.

Our Itinerary:

Elevation gain/loss: 1878 m

Maximum elevation: 2470 m

Day one (July 27): Meet at the carpool location at 4:30pm and leave Edmonton by 4:45pm. Arrive at the trailhead for 8:30pm. Begin the 10.7km ascent to Boulder Creek at 8:45pm to arrive at the campsite in the night (Bring headlamps).

Day two (July 28): Boulder Creek to Brazeau River. (18.6km)

Day three (July 29): Brazeau River to John- John (10.1km)

Day four (July 30): John-John to Jonus Cutoff (7.5km)

Day five (July 31): Jonus Cutoff (Day hikes in the area)

Day six (August 1): Jonus Cutoff to Nigel Pass Trailhead (32.7km) and drive to Edmonton.

Required Items to Bring:
  • food for 6 days
  • water for the first day (2L) and water filter or water tablets to purify water
  • cash for carpool (25-30)
  • sleeping bag rated for -10 or lower
  • backpacking supplies: including tent, sleeping pad, backpack 75L, bear canister for your food, etc
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • bear spray
  • headlamp
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
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    How to Get There:
    Event Directions:
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 4:45 PM
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    Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions


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    Cost & Payment:
    Member Cost:$52.67/Person
    Cost Includes:Backcountry permits for 5 nights (If you have an annual backcountry permit please let me know and the fee will be lowered to 3 dollars).
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