Last Update: Septembeer 8, 2020
Elizabeth Parker Hut
September 11-13, 2020
- Arrive FRIDAY, September 11. Leave SUNDAY, September 13
- See who's coming
- We are full. Please contact King Shit or Abandoned Pussy if
you want to get on the waiting list
Here's the Plan so far..
- Leave Calgary before 9 am, Friday.
It will take about 2 hours to drive to the Trail Head.
- Arrive at the Trail Head at about 11 am. Park in the
Lake O'Hara parking lot
- We will divide up food between us.
Make sure your back pack has room for the food as well as all your gear
- We will walk 12 km up a fire road to get to the hut (about 3 hours)
- You can NOT drive on the fire road. No bicycles either. You must walk
- We will stop for lunch on our way to the hut
- Run? There will most likely be a hash run after supper
on either Friday or Saturday night
- If want to come later you need to tell us beforehand.
See "Arriving Late?" below
What to Bring
- Parks Canada pass for your car. They were only free in 2017
- Bring a Day Pack for Saturday.
A small bag with just your lunch, water and a few clothes
is much comfortable to haul around than a giant backpack
- Here is a list of the other gear you will need
- Do NOT bring therma-rest/sleeping pad. The hut is supplied with mattresses
- Clothing for late fall or early winter temperatures at the top
of the mountain. The weather in the mountains can change very
quickly. You could experience summer heat and winter snow on the
- Your back pack should be big enough to hold your gear and the
food that will be divided between us
- IMPORTANT - All garbage must be carried out with us when we
Food and Drink
- Bring lunch. It's a 3-4 hour hike to the hut. We will stop to eat on the trail
- Bring lunch for Saturday too!
You don't want to hike hungry
- Supper and Breakfast will be provided at the hut.
You'll sleep in Elizabeth Parker Hut, which is run by the Alpine Club of Canada
- Take Hwy #1 west from Calgary, past Lake Louise
- About halfway (15 min) to Field,
take the Lake O'Hara turn off on the South (left) side of the highway
- We will meet in the
and hike 12 km to the hut
- There is an outhouse in the parking lot.
It is the last "facility" for at least 11 km
- It will take 3-4 hours to hike up to the hut. The hike is about 12 km long
- We will stop about half-way for lunch.
There should be a picnic table (there was one last year anyway)
- Walk 11 km up a fire road to Le Relais Day Shelter
- From Le Relais, it's about a 10 minutes (1 km) to the hut
- Turn right onto a trail between the shelter and the Parks Canada outhouses
- Follow the signed trail up and over a small hill
- On the other side of the hill, the trail descends a short distance
and then turns right and follows Schäffer creek
to the Elizabeth Parker Hut
- Let the organizers know when you'll arrive
- Get a copy of the ACC Invoice from the organizers.
If Parks Canada stops you on the trail without it, they can send you home
(and no, we won't give you a refund)
- Don't phone us at the hut. There is no cell service
- You will need to walk 11 km up the fire road
and then follow a 1 km trail
through the bush to get to the hut
- Sunset will be shortly before 5 pm on September 11.
Bring a light, just in case
- Do not travel by yourself. You are in the wilderness.
There will be no people on the road to help you.
Your mobile phone will not work
- No, you can't bring along a person who isn't signed up for the trip
Want to Go Early?
You could overnight Thursday near the trail head. Here are a few suggestions:
- Banff: Plenty of hotels there. Who knew?
- Storm Mountain Lodge: just south of Cathedral Mountain on Hwy 93
- Lake Louise: Alpine club members get a discount at the Lake Louise hostel.
CH3 has a group membership
- Field: there is a hotel, lots of B&B's and a nice hostel
- Great Divide Lodge: on the highway between Lake Louise & Field
- Emerald Lake Lodge: just west of Field
- Whiskey Jack Hostel at Takakkaw Falls (no cell service, no internet)
(hut + wilderness pass + ACC + food + incidentals)
- If a spot opens up, we'll require a $200 deposit.
You are not signed up until we have the money
- e-transfer funds to King Shit at
- You can also bring cash to King Shit or Abandoned Pussy at our next run
- There is a lot of info on the web about hiking in the Canadian Rockies
- Here is a nice introduction to
hiking at Lake O'Hara
- See King Shit or Abandoned Pussy at our next run
Calgary Hash House Harriers' website — http://onon.org/asm/