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Description: The C Level Cirque trail is one of the more attractive hikes in the Banff-Lake Minnewanka vicinity. In less than 4 km it climbs past artifacts of the long-defunct Bankhead coal operation and a panoramic viewpoint for Lake Minnewanka to a high, rockbound pocket beneath the sheer east face of Cascade Mountain.
Cirque is a French word you will not likely find in your English dictionary—a term used by geologists to describe a semicircular, bowl-shaped depression created by an alpine glacier. C Level Cirque is a miniature example of the phenomenon. Though the glacier that produced the basin has long since disappeared, snow often lingers in the basin into midsummer. As it retreats, a carpet of yellow glacier lilies spreads across the damp, subalpine soil near its entrance. A tiny pond below the trail provides water throughout the summer, fed by the extensive snowfield on the talus slopes above.
Please bring traction aids with you just in case there is snow or ice on the trail.
Hiking Distance: Short Day Hike, 1.5 Hours One Way
Elevation Gain: 455 M (1500 Feet)
Maximum Elevation Gain: 1920 M (6300 Feet)
Duration: Short Day Hike
Remdezous Point: Please arrive 15 minutes before.
Driving Distance: 130 kms / 1 hour and 30 minutes
Event Coordinator: For inquiries, please contact the event coordinator Lori at (403) 283-7386. On the day of the event, call or text me at (403) 803-2953.
Notice of Cancellation: I will contact registered participants by telephone or email if the trip is cancelled or postponed. Registrants are asked to contact the trip.
We can ride up from Griffith Woods Park in Discovery Ridge.
Hi All, this is the first if my winter Near and Dear series of winter hikes and snowshoeing - weather will dictate what is on your feet. This is a beautiful hike, easy hike to a stunning blue Lake. Upper Grassi Lakes Trail Loop is a 4.3 kilometer with 233M elevation gain. On the way home, there will be two optional stops - Le Fournil Bakery in Canmore for a tasty treat for those interested, and Chiniki gas bar for anyone who would like to join me in filling up and supporting our neighbours at the Stoney-Nakoda reserve. NO Dogs allowed without prior approval from the trip leader. Meeet at 8:30 am at Shouldice parking - south end of Home road on north side of Bow River in Montgomery. Car pooling for those fully vaccinated and comfortable with doing so. (Passanger suggested contribution for gas and mileage is $20 split among passengers). All club covid protocols to be followed.