This trip is catered to Ladies 40 years old and above – such as your guide – who want to experience the backcountry and meet like-minded friends.
This early season 5 days/4 nights backpacking trip into Mt Assiniboine area will have us dust off backpacks and gear, get some fresh mountain air and well deserved nature immersion. Beginners with stamina welcome!
If the group is keen we have the option of bringing a bike – and bike lock – to save 6.5 kms of walking each way and keep our leg power for getting to viewpoints! Note: you will have to practice biking with a big pack on.
Spray Lakes Valley, Kananaskis
65 km - with side trips: 20 km+
Max elevation gain: 434 m (Og Pass)
June 21 - 25
$ 1,000/ person + taxes - Guided & Catered
Backpacking Towards Mt Assiniboine
Spray Lakes Valley, Kananaskis, AB
5 days / 4 nights – Women Only, FitForties+
Details & Itinerary
Day 1: Hike the Bryant Creek Trail to Marvel Lake campground – 13.6 km and set up camp.
– biking in for 7 km which leaves us 6.6 km of hiking.
– hiking pass Watridge Lake to Karst Springs 2.4 km (both ways).
Night 1: Marvel Lake campground (1900m).
Option 1: hike with daypacks to Owel Lake – 5 km one way (75 m elev. gain) or do it in the morning then in the afternoon do option 2.
Option 2: hike with daypacks above and along Marvel Lake – 6.8 km to end of lake or as far as we want/can then return (50 m elev. gain/loss).
All the way to Terrapin Lake and Gloria Lake = 2 km more (150 m elev. loss then gain).
Night 2: Marvel Lake campground (1900m).
Day 3: Pack up camp and hike to our next campground – 5.1 km /25 m elev. loss and set up camp.
Afternoon hike to Og Pass, 2309 m: 7.3 km one way with 434 m elev. gain, 14.6 km return.
Og Pass to Assiniboine Pass (loop): 11.8 km with 209 m elev. loss, 65 m elev. gain, 345 m. elev. loss.
Night 3: Allenby Junction campground (1875 m).
Day 4: Hike with daypacks to Assiniboine Pass (2195 m), then towards the mighty Mt Assiniboine. It’s 6.5 km to Assiniboine Pass with 345 m of elevation gain and the descent towards Mt Assiniboine neighbouring Lake Magog about 3 km with 40 m elev. loss. Lunch in the area to then hike back towards the Pass and down to our camp so 9.5 km with 40 m elev.gain then 345 m elevation loss.
Night 4: Allenby Junction campground (1850 m).
Day 5: Hike out the Bryant Creek Trail 10.8 km to our bikes with 100 m elev. loss.
- 5 day guided backpacking trip by an experienced certified ACMG woman Hiking guide happy to share all sorts of backcountry tricks to empower you to later on go with your family and friends.
- 1hr online pre-trip meeting 5-7 days before to discuss the route taken, weather, gear etc.. and respond to all questions.
- 5 days vacation in a not-so-well-known element like our Rocky mountains, in the presence of a professional trained in wilderness first aid, who is here mainly to prevent anything from happening but trained and ready to respond in case of an emergency.
- all campground fees, wilderness fees, national & provincial Parks fees, food accommodating specific dietary needs as well as camp kitchen: pots, stoves & fuel etc..
- can include camping gear and hiking poles if you need to borrow some. (not sleeping bags sorry).
What's Not Included
- National Park permit to display in your vehicle.
- Cancellation insurance.
- Travel insurance as well as medical, disability, life, dismemberment and accidental death insurance.
Adventure Information Package
Our Adventure Information Package with all details for your trip will be sent out to each participant within 5-10 days of deposit payment.
You can make a deposit to save your spot for this adventure here.
Please read our cancellation policy here.
Guided Trip Benefits
Save yourself the hassle of hours of camping prep work – like booking campgrounds, buying/preparing menus and food – that go before such a trip as well as cooking every day for 5 days.
Enjoy disconnecting from your cell phone – no wifi out there, sorry, and forget about your never ending To Do list for a few days. Disconnect to reconnect.
Get direct, live fauna, flora, mountain history and/or geology interpretation stories along the trail.
Enjoy soaking in all the health benefits provided by being away from this thing we call “civilization” for a few days. Recharge and get energized by spending an active vacay doing something good for yourself.