Nihahi Creek - Sun, Aug 27 2023

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Nihahi Creek (8/27/2023)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis Near Bragg Creek
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 27 2023  9:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 26 2023 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:~5 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Julie
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 13 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 14.6km return
Elevation gain: 200m

From the trail kiosk, go right, following Little Elbow Trail southwest along the north bank of the river and up to where it briefly shares the Little Elbow Campground access road. Continue through a gate and small parking lot onto a wide fire road. Continue to Nihahi Creek junction, turn right, and climb 125m through a dry forest of pine and spruce to emerge on a high bench above a deep canyon. Rocks and tree roots require attention as you dip back into the forest on the east side of Nihahi Creek. Eventually you pass the rocky cleft at the top of the canyon and drop down to the winding, gravel-filled river channel. Finally, the valley opens up into a wide gravel plain that continues for many kilometers beyond the official end of the trail. It's easy to spend an entire afternoon enjoying the solitude of this quiet valley and looking for fossils in the bedrock.

Ref: Bragg Creek and Elbow Falls Gem Trek map.
Kananaskis Conservation Pass fees apply for any vehicle access into Kananaskis Country. The mandatory fee of: Day pass - $15 (registers one vehicle) or Yearly pass - $90 (registers up to 2 vehicles) applies. You can purchase your pass beforehand,online at:
Kananaskis Conservation Pass

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking boots with a good grip
Appropriate clothing
Lunch and snacks
Sunscreen and hat
bear spray
money for carpool driver
Kananaskis pass if you are driving
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Hiking poles
bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Coming from the North: follow the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1) to the Highway 22 overpass, follow Highway 22 through Bragg Creek to the Highway 66 Junction, turn right and follow Highway 66 west for 29.0 km. Turn left into the access road for Little Elbow Recreation Area. Take the second left turn signed "Trailhead Parking".
Coming from the carpool: Travel north on Shawville Gate SW to 6th Street SW, turn left and follow ramp to Stoney Trail/Highway 22x to Bragg Creek, follow Highway 66 west for 29.0 km. Turn left into the access road for Little Elbow Recreation Area. Take the second left turn signed "Trailhead Parking".
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $44.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Monday, July 22, 2024). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.

COC event coordinators are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the road, weather and trail conditions for the trip.

- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: