Bryant Creek Hut Base Hike. Mount Assiniboine/ Wonder Pass Circuit - Thu, Jul 12 2018, Fri, Jul 13 2018, Sat, Jul 14 2018

Bryant Creek Hut Base Hike. Mount Assiniboine/ Wonder Pass Circuit (7/12/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Mount Shark Trailhead
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jul 12 2018, Fri, Jul 13 2018, Sat, Jul 14 2018  6:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 29 2018 9:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days, 2 nights
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Beata
Mark G
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Member Cost:$40.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Registration Instructions: This is not a trip for beginners. If you are interested in attending, first add your name to the list for the event, and then please contact Mark to discuss. This is a mini day hike marathon of two major passes in one day. Upcoming open spots will be given to members who have previously attended conditioning events that have been organized through the Edmonton Outdoor Club, and have good experience hiking long distances with elevation gain.

This event will be a backpack hike to the Bryant Creek backcountry shelter, where we will be staying. Using the shelter as our base, we will hike up Mount Assiniboine pass to Lake Magog. The plan is to take in the full views of Mount Assiniboine area while having lunch at the lake. We can then visit the Mount Assiniboine Lodge before completing a circuit hike up Wonder Pass and down past Marvel Lake to our base at the Bryant Creek Shelter

The Bryant Creek shelter can accommodate up to 12 people. A booking for 6 people has been confirmed for both Thursday (July 12) and Friday (July 13). With a tent site for members staying with Beata at Marvel Lake campground. Please contact Mark to confirm (see email address above).

Everyone must bring good hiking boots, poles, and a backpack that will double as a daypack.

Trip Plan:
We will be beginning our hike at the Mt. Shark trailhead in Kananaskis Country, within Spray Valley Provincial Park just after noon on Thursday
. Mt Shark is accessed from the Smith-Dorrien Trail road (Hwy 742), 36 km south of Canmore. We’ll begin by hiking on the Watridge Lake trail in Spray River Provincial Park. After descending to, and crossing, the Spray River, we’ll enter Banff National Park after hiking about 5.5 km on relatively easy terrain. Continuing along the Bryant Creek trail, we will pass through forested terrain, reaching the Bryant Creek shelter after hiking a further 8.3 km (total distance, 13.8 km from the trailhead). Over this 8.3 km distance there is about 150 m of elevation gain. Along the way to the shelter we’ll pass the Big Springs backcountry campground (9.6 km from Mt Shark trailhead). I'm anticipating that the time to reach the shelter will be about 4 hours including break stops.

Although we will be staying in a shelter, as a group we will need to carry most of the gear that would normally be required for a backpacking trip, including stoves and fuel, food, water filters, sleeping bags and sleeping pads. The shelter provides space for up to 12 people to sleep overnight wooden platforms, as well as a common cooking area. The Bryant Creek shelter is heated with a wood stove (firewood is provided). An outhouse is located near the shelter. More information is provided about the Bryant Creek shelter here.

Mount Assiniboine (the "Matterhorn of the Canadian Rockies") up close.We will hike past the Alberta/BC border at Assiniboine Pass, where Mount Assiniboine will come into view (about 10 km from the shelter). We'll continue for 2.1 km further towards Mount Assiniboine Lodge, where we'll get a closer view of Mount Assiniboine from the top of a bluff overlooking Lake Magog (a lake at the base of Mount Assiniboine) - this will be about a 27 km return day hike via Wonder Pass to make it a circuit hike.
There is gradual elevation gain along the route for the first several 5 kilometres past the Bryant Creek Shelter. As Assiniboine Pass is approached, the trail begins to rise more sharply. In total there is about 350 m of elevation gain between the shelter and Assiniboine Pass. There is only a slight decrease in elevation over the last 2.1 km between Assiniboine Pass and Assiniboine Lodge. There will be a further 350 meter approximate elevation gain on our second climb up Wonder pass on the other side of the lodge after lunch. Please be aware that this hike requires very good physical conditioning.
The scenery on this route is spectacular. From Assiniboine Lodge, hike past the Naiset Huts (0.5 km) and along Gog Creek. Shortly after crossing the creek (1.1 km) you will reach Gog Lake. In 1983, great blue herons nested Gog Lake- the highest nesting elevation recorded for this species. From here the trail climbs through larch forests and open meadows filled with wildflowers to Wonder Pass (3.1 km). At Wonder Pass, the trail continues into Banff National Park in subalpine terrain. After the first view of Marvel Lake the trail steadily descends in a series of switchbacks.

There will also be other options for shorter day hiking options during the weekend (e.g. on Thursday after arrival at the shelter, or on Saturday on the way back to the trailhead), such as hikes to the shoreline of Owl Lake, or Karst Spring/Watridge Lake.

Payments for hut received from: (6 out of 6 spots taken)
  • Mark
  • HyaeJin
  • Matthew
  • Ed
  • Bob
  • Payments for tenting received from: (5 out of 5 spots taken)
  • Brenda
  • Beata
  • Dao
  • Gary
  • Katie
  • Tent arrangements:
  • Beata
  • Brenda
  • Gary
  • Dao
  • Katie

  • Required Items to Bring:
    Individual Items:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Hiking boots
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Food for the weekend

    Shared equipment (please let Mark know if you are able to bring any of these):
  • Backpacking stoves - at least 2 or 3 for the group
  • Water filters - at least 2 for the group
  • Bear spray
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles
  • Microspikes
  • Oral rehydration solutions (electrolyte replacement powder, Gatorade, etc.)

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:From Canmore: follow signs to the Canmore Nordic Centre. After passing the Nordic Centre, continue following the Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail (Hwy 742) for 37 km until reaching the Mount Shark Road. Turn right, pass Engadine Lodge and a small bridge, and continue following the road for 5 km to reach the UPPER trailhead parking lot.

    Mor e detailed directions are available here.
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):860Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 PM
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    Carpool Cost: The event coordinator(s) will help you to arrange a centralized carpool if you require it, but it's not guaranteed. Please DO NOT pay your driver en route. Passengers will pay the coordinator, and he/she will distribute the money to the carpool drivers. SO PLEASE BRING CASH!!! Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $249.40 (calculated at total Km * $0.29, effective Saturday, May 25, 2024). This is based on $0.09/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divided by 9. This cost will be multiplied by the number of carpooled cars, and divided by the number of carpool participants.


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    Cost & Payment:
    Member Cost:$40.00/Person
    Cost Includes:Backcountry fees, plus share of reservation fee for the shelter.

    If you have a Parks Canada Annual Wilderness Pass, please provide the pass number to me, so that I can provide it to Parks Canada. These passes cover the $9.80 backcountry fee. The trip fee for holders of these passes will be to cover the shelter fee and a share of the reservation fee including a small coordinator discount
    Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the EOC on Sun, Apr 29 2018.
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