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C Level Cirque Hike / 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.


• Events are subject to cancellation or change on short notice due to changes in government restrictions.

• Carpooling - Use your own discretion and what you are comfortable with.   Club suggest that passengers pay $0.06 per kilometer, round trip, to compensate the         driver for gas, wear and tear, maintenance of the vehicle. 

• No food / snack sharing. • Bring your own wipes and hand sanitizer and a mask. 

• 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, such as toilet paper, etc. 

• Please make yourself aware of the risks in participating in this sort of 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 information and emergency contact information to the trip coordinator, prior to, due to the 'meet at trail head' 

• Please do not sign up if you are experiencing any flu like, cold, or Covid-19 symptoms. 


Hiking Distance:  Short Day Hike, 1.5 Hours One Way

Elevation Gain:  455 M (1500 Feet)

Maximum Elevation Gain:  1920 M (6300 Feet)

Difficulty:  Moderate to Intermediate


Rendezvous Point:  North Edworthy Park, North Side, and look for the white Ford Explorer.   Please arrive 15 minutes before so a convey can be arranged as we will be departing at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

Travel Driving Distance:  130 Kms / 1 hour and 30 minutes One Way


Event Coordinator:  For inquiries, please contact the event coordinator Lori at (403) 283-7386. If your plans change on the day of the event, call or text me at (403) 803-2953.


Policy on Pets:  As this is a popular and busy trail, pets will not be allowed.

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Edworthy Park, North Parking Lot. Northeast Corner, look for the white Ford Explorer.
Calgary, AB  

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Lori Davidson
Trip Coordinator
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM
Cancellation Policy:
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