After squandering a perfectly good weekend, followed by a disappointing May long weekend, I was more than ready for some time away from the rat race in Calgary by the time the last weekend of May rolled around. Both my kids were also ready for a break and with Hanneke home studying and writing assignments, we decided that a two day trip to the Castle / Crown area was just the ticket for us.
On Sunday, August 3 2014, I took my family on a day hike that I'd wanted to do for a long time already - Picklejar Lakes. There are a couple of scrambles in the area but I was fairly certain that I wouldn't be doing those - I'd save them for another day. Lineham Ridge and "Picklejar Peak" (a GR nearby).
On Saturday, August 24 2013 I took my family for a hike to Taylor Lake in Banff National Park. I've been to the summit of Mount Bell and to Boom Lake a few times but never hiked to Taylor. I'd been warned that the hike is a bit boring but we found ourselves with a few hours and some energy and it was this or Bourgeau Lake. We let the boys vote and they used the stats to pick Taylor...
After hiking the Stanley Glacier trail (and beyond) the day before, in 28 degree temperatures, Niko (my son) voted for an easier day on Sunday, June 30 2013. I had narrowed our destination into two choices, either Arnica Lake or Boom Lake. It didn't take long for Niko to choose.
On Sunday, June 16 2013 we celebrated Hanneke's birthday and Father's Day with a nice family hike around the Upper Kananaskis Lake. The best way to do this hike (IMHO) is from the Interlakes parking lot in a clockwise direction. This puts the 'boring' section from Interlakes to the Upper Lake parking lot behind you earlier in the day when you're still fresh.
Hanneke and I always look forward to the days that we get together in the hills. This one was a double bonus because we shipped the kids off on Friday night and attended a Christmas party! As you can see it was a very nice morning.
Rawson Lake is the perfect half day hike localed in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park near the Upper Kananaskis Lake - or whole day if you have little ones or want to explore the terrain around the lake.
Mount Allan is probably one of the closest you can get to a scramble and still call it a hike! I've done this one twice now - and loved it both times. Awesome views and a two-summit day make this one very highly recommended. On the way up Mount Allan you summit Olympic Summit, which is kind of a fail since it's only a minor bump. Oh well. I'll take easy summits any time I can! :)