Cooking Lake / Blackfoot Staging Area (Intermediate Pace, about 5 km/h) - Sun, Oct 30 2022

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Cooking Lake / Blackfoot Staging Area (Intermediate Pace, about 5 km/h) (10/30/2022)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cooking Lake/ Blackfoot Staging Area
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 30 2022  11:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 30 2022 9:30:00 AM
Event Duration:3-4 hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mark G
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

*Venue/ location change due to Wood Bison Trail being closed for construction
Arrive at Blackfoot Staging Area by 10:50 am and start our hike at 11:00 am. This will be a brisk paced hike, at about 5 km/h. The Cooking Lake / Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area is a large area located to the East of Edmonton near Elk Island, with an extensive network of scenic trails - see the info below:

Cooking Lake / Blackfoot info

The EOC has not started many hikes from the North East trailhead (Blackfoot Lake) in the past, so we will head there for up to 3-4 hours or so of exploring! This is the same staging area where the Canadian Birkie Ski Festival starts from.
The Blackfoot Lake trailhead is accessed off Hwy 16 (Yellowhead Highway), and is located a short distance to the east of the Ukranian Village turnoff - it is clearly signposted.
If you are not confident in your physical fitness and ability this may not be the event for you.

***We are open to having dogs on the hike, however they must be leashed***

Please feel free to send donations to our Treasurer Donna M (Send electronic e-transfer to We are requesting $2.00 per event, or $20.00 for the year from members.

Required Items to Bring:
1)Suitable backpack
2)Suitable hikers or boots and appropriate clothes for variable weather conditions
3)Lunch and snacks, as needed
4)Warm clothing (dress in layers)
5)Sufficient water
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Pad or something to sit on for lunch break
lunch and water

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Edmonton, head east on Hwy 16 (Yellowhead Highway) and past Elk Island.
A short distance beyond Elk Island and the turnoff for the Ukranian Village, you will see a sign for the Blackfoot Lake trailhead on the right (south).
Follow this road to the parking lot.

Dogs must be on leash.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in EOC events.
- Please scroll through and read the entire online waiver when you sign up.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.

Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

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