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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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After at least two seasons of terrible messes, Banff has finally taken the idea we've been throwing around - This larch season, September 21-22 and 28-29, they will be running a shuttle bus from the Lake Louise overflow lot up to Moraine Lake.
Leaving from each end every 20 minutes from 9am to 6pm.
This is brilliant! I hope they get the word out. I think this could make a big difference in the crowding if people use it, and as long as you're hiking within that timeframe, it seems likely to be much better than fighting your way through the mess.

Parks' info here.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-11-2013, 03:19 PM
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Finally doing something smart!! They should do this all summer, as congestion at Moraine Lake is ridiculous between about 9 am-4 pm each day. Want to do a hike...add 2 km walk to the trailhead. Want to kayak on the lake...gotta portage!
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I don't think people realize that there are larch trees outside of Larch Valley. I blame Calgary Herald for this. I see even on Calgary Outdoor Club is advertising Larch Valley for the last two weeks of September.

Rachel, your park's info link isn't working.
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Ha! That's because it wasn't the link at all. I have fixed it.

It would be pretty excellent if they ran it on a more limited basis as needed for summer weekends.
But maybe they'll look at expanding the service if people do take the bus.

I can't blame people for the Larch Valley preference. There are a lot of other nice places with them, but it's pretty unrivalled in the vastness of its stands of larch, where most other places are mixed trees.
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Marko.... shush. The ONLY place to see the larch in the Rockies is at Larch Valley between 10 and 2 on a Saturday or Sunday back half of September. Buy an icecream in the Village, don't forget to tip your driver! Thank you, have a nice day! []

p.s. - must be calm, sunny, and between 22 & 25 ^C
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I'm actually hoping to do this again...
http://claytonditzler.zenfolio.com/p386811501

Although maybe a different peak, or not, I haven't been hiking much so might just go nap under a larch by the lake.
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This morning CBC Radio Calgary's Outdoor Report recommended the "Mt. Temple hike" for viewing larches. Anyone else hear this?
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^ yup. Hike up Eiffel with some field glasses and big old bag of popcorn. That's my recommendation if you also like to rubberneck car accidents or enjoyed Wil-e-coyote cartoons as a kid.

BUT Paul Karchut did recommend a helmet...
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http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local...ID/2405816055/

his twitter account:

https://twitter.com/CBCOutside/media/grid

He had a guided trip. He does recommend a helmet and even an ice axe.
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 09-16-2013, 04:55 PM
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I agree. Larch valley is by far the best place in Alberta to view larches. Go there! Please overrun Moraine lake to see the larches. I'll be thinking about that madness I haven't been a part of for 7 years while I'm enjoying large stands of larches somewhere else with a small group. Happy hiking.
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post #11 of (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 05:07 PM
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Did Larch Valley today. The shuttle Bus system worked great. The hike was a zoo as expected. Like Johnston canyon in the summer busy. But if you know this going in it is still a good hike and once you are a little ways into the valley itself most of the hoard has turned around. Mistoious lakes were really only middle of summer busy. Larches were great.

I chose to fight the hoard because it is the easiest of the larch hikes and the only one in 4 year old hiking range. Sub 400m sub 10k return.

Overall Parks Canada did an excellent job with the shuttles and should run them in the summer as well with stops at LL and Moraine lake.
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