Hiking & Cycling
Update May 4, 2020
The Alberta Government and Alberta Parks have recently eased restrictions due to Covid19.
Trip coordinators that are comfortable in doing so will begin posting hiking trips shortly. For the safety of our members, these trips will have the following restrictions;
- Event may be cancelled or changed on short notice due to changes in government restrictions.
- No car pooling - meet at trail head or at a junction and convoy to trail head.
- No food/snack sharing.
- Bring your own wipes and hand sanitizer and a mask (as needed)
- Social distancing and any other rules set out by authorities must be followed. Please respect others.
- Washrooms may not be available - please be prepared to pack out what you bring in.
- Please make yourself aware of the risks in participating in this event and decide accordingly.
- Don`t forget the usual items; bear spray, proper clothing, water, food, equipment and first aid kit.
- Trip participants are asked to provide their cell contact info and emergency contact info to the trip coordinator due to the 'meet at trailhead' requirement.
- Please do not sign up if you are experiencing any flu like, cold, or Covid19 symptoms.
Hikes may also be limited to 10 participants or fewer, and more hikes will be scheduled on week days to avoid crowds.
Guidelines and restrictions may change as the season progresses. Please respect other members comfort levels.
Extend your outdoor activities beyond the ski season. Join our popular hiking and cycling events scheduled throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. See our Event Calendar for current schedule and registration and transportation information.
Join fellow hikers and cyclists and meet new friends and hike and cycle with experienced volunteers who know the area. Socialize with fellow members before, during or after the event.
We coordinate hiking day trips anywhere within easy reach of Calgary. There are also regular cycling outings up to 100 km for those who prefer to remain seated. Explore mountain trails on foot, or Calgary's pathways by bike. Or pedal through the countryside to local towns and sample recommended eateries, pubs, coffee houses either before, during or after the event.
Hike Rating and Difficulty
Hikes are rated by both length and difficulty.
- Short up to 10 km
- Medium 10 to 20 km
- Long over 20 km
- Casual - Requires no hiking experience and a minimal level of fitness. However they may be fairly long and have some steep and/or difficult sections.
- Intermediate - Conditions may be more rugged and with 500 m or more of elevation gain. Must be reasonably athletic and wear good hiking boots.
- Challenging - Considerable off trail travel with substantial (steep) elevation gain. These hikes should be attempted only by experienced hikers who find our intermediate hikes to be no problem.
We recommend that you consult with a relevant guide book and if in doubt, talk to the hike’s coordinator.
Important Safety Information
CSC Coordinators are approved as leaders by Club peers. They are familiar with Club procedures for trip organizing and leading. Coordinators may cancel or redirect any outing if conditions appear unsuitable. Coordinators may refuse to allow someone to participate if they feel that person does not have the proper equipment or skills, and to ask a person to go back if it is unsafe for them to continue. If a person ignores the Coordinator's advice, that person is no longer considered a participant in that event. Trip leaders are not trained guides and may not have first aid training. Each participant, as a Common Adventurer, is responsible for ensuring his/her own safety and for covering any expenses incurred.
Parks now often charge to evacuate people from the backcountry in an emergency. CSC policy is that any such expense is the hiker-participant's responsibility and not the Club's. The Club merely organizes events.
Hiking, Cycling & Outdoor Adventure Checklist
Lunch and water bottle. Sunglasses. A day pack with jacket, sunblock, First Aid kit, moleskin.
As weather around Calgary changes rapidly, consider wind pants, hat or toque and gloves. Any medications. Remember you may be out far longer than you planned.
Hiking boots, gators, toilet paper (and plastic bag), bear spray, map and compass or reliable GPS.
Optional: Camera, 2 way radio, personal locator beacon.
A bike in good repair, a repair kit with spare tube and patches. Bikes should be equipped with a bell and both a headlight and a tail light for safety.
Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Reference Guides & Maps
There a number of books detailing hikes, walks and cycle routes in and around Calgary, Kananaskis and Banff. MEC and Chapters will have a selection of up to date guides. We recommend you invest in a good guidebook and a map or two. Spend the extra dollar or so and get a water resistant map.
There are also a number of online resources as well as phone apps like Strava and Hike Tracker. Be aware that these may not be accessible or work properly outside of urban areas and may use up battery life quickly.