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C Level Cirque/Banff National Park
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
Carpool Departs at 8:00 a.m., please arrive 15 minutes before. The Club suggests a compensation of 6 cents per kilometer both ways for the driver(s). We will meet in the Northeast corner of North Edworthy Park.
Driving Distance: 130 kms / 1 hour and 30 minutes
Event Coordinator: For inquiries, please contact the event coordinator Tigger / Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 283-7386. On the day of the event, call or text me at (403) 803-2953.
Notice of Cancellation: The trip leader will contact registered participants by telephone or email if the trip is cancelled or postponed. Registrants are asked to contact the trip.
After the hike, for those that interested, we will be stopping in Canmore for light snacks and refreshments before returning to Calgary.
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Edworthy Park, North Parking Lot
Look for white Ford Explorer