We (6 members of family ages 17 to 67) will be in Banff July 18th. Note: distance for my "elderly" in-laws are not a problem They both hiked with us in Yosemite last year and their nicknames are "mountain goats" They both hiked to the base of Half-Dome, but decided not to go up the chains. The following are the plans so far:
Sat - pick up part of our party at airport at 1:35 drive to Field, BC (this will be our base for the week and is locked in). We will already have groceries and car before we pick them up at airport. Hoping to have time to visit Emerald Lake and possible Takakkaw Falls before dark.
Sun - Johnston Canyon and drive up Icefield Parkway. We won't get started until mid-morning so haven't planned any major hikes for this day. Could throw in an afternoon hike if there are any suggestions
Mon - Glacier Lake hike - afternoon ???
Tues -Some are doing Icefield Explorer trip and some are doing glacier walk. Should be finished by 2ish. Spend rest of day driving/stopping along the parkway.
Wed - Hike Bow Glacier Falls - afternoon ???
Thurs - Hike Plain of 6 Glacier/Lake Agnes - drive down to Morainne Lake when done for a look see
Fri - Cirque Lake - drive back to Calgary
Sat - drop part of party at airport (5am) and husband and I will either try to get to Waterton in time for hiker shuttle (two shuttles - 9 am and 10 am) for Crypt Lake or drive on to Glacier Nationa Park for a week of hiking and do Crypt Lake at the end of the week. Mapquest says it takes 3 hrs to drive from Calgary to Waterton. I would rather get this hike off my list on this day if at all possible, as I'm not sure we will have any miles left in us after our week in GNP.
We have never been to this area so don't know if what we have planned is the best use of our time. We are usually up and out by 7am at the latest, but can get out earlier if needed. We like to be back at our base by 7pm if possible, but have been known to take supper with us if we think we are going to be later. 9pm would be the latest we would want to be getting back.
Thanks for your suggestions and input.