Special Event

Sat, Aug 1, 2020 12:00 PM to Mon, Aug 3, 2020 1:00 PM

This is an adults only (19+) event!

Required Fitness Level
Very Active - For Very Fast/Experienced Hikers

IMPORTANT: Possibility of snow at Applebee. Prepare for chilly weather! BC Parks are for residents only this summer. Albertan or otherwise? Attend at your own risk.

Parking Lot to Applebee: 5.1 km / 1045 m elevation gain
Cobalt Trailhead to Lake: 6.41 km / 1028 m elevation gain

Cost: FREE but tips appreciated.

Join us for a 3 day, 2 night adventure through the Bugaboos! This is some of the most scenic hiking in all of Canada. Considering the prestige of this trail, and that we're hiking it August long weekend, it could be quite busy.

We leave from the "Conrad Kain Hut Trailhead" promptly at 12 pm (Mountain/Alberta Time) on Saturday August 1st. If you think by any chance you could be late, leave earlier. If you're not there at exactly 12 pm, we start hiking without you! That being said, remember that it is MOUNTAIN TIME not PACIFIC TIME there. Anyone travelling from the Okanagan/BC should remember they need to leave an extra hour earlier.

The Conrad Kain Hut is closed due to COVID for 2020. We will continue onwards to the Applebee Dome Campsite which is only $10 per night (BRING CASH). Hiking time from the parking lot to Conrad Kain is about 2 hours, plus another hour to Applebee. Sunset is at 9:30pm that day, so we'll have five hours of light to setup camp and enjoy the local atmosphere. Bring a game or activity. NO FIRES OR ANIMALS are permitted in the park.

Sunday we'll hike back down the trail we came (6 km/2 hours) in starting at 9am and head out to Cobalt Lake where we'll have lunch around 1-1.30 pm. The trail from the parking lot to Cobalt is 7.6 km and about 2.5 hours in duration - so about 4.5 hours total hiking time each way on Sunday. We'll be back at camp for around 7pm.

Monday we'll pack up and leave for 11 am to arrive at the vehicles for 1 pm, so we can all be home in our respective cities before 9 pm for work the next day.

Bring all your own gear to survive for 3 days in the bush. For questions, please ask me. Some core essentials:

- Tent, Pad, Pillow, Sleeping Bag
- Knife, Flashlight, Bear Spray, Lighter, Whistle
- Toilet Paper
- Food, Water, Water Bladder, & Filtration System
- Plate, Cutlery, Cup, Portable Camping Stove w/Fuel
- First Aid Kit, Soap, Emergency Poncho, Compass
- Sunscreen, Extra Socks, Extra Laces, Hat

It’s a 3.5 hour drive from Canmore (6.5 hours from Kelowna) and hikers will be expected to demonstrate a fitness level capable of a moderate difficulty prior to the trip. That being said, we leave no one behind and will go at a casual pace.

===> Park Map <===

===> Park Detailed Information <===

In order to pay for your Backcountry Camping permit, you MUST BUY IT ONLINE on EXACTLY JULY 18TH 2020 as they don't go on sale until 2 weeks before the date of arrival. **** I will not do this for you. **** This is REQUIRED to camp. Order it below. Choose "Backcountry - Bugaboo" and choose August 1 for 2 nights.


To get to the Bugaboos, either drive 77 km (48 mi) south of Golden, or 27 km (17 mi) north of Radium Hot Springs to the small community of Brisco. Turn west onto Bugaboo Creek Road and follow it for 50 km (31 mi). This road is quite rough and narrow in sections so care should be taken. 4x4 vehicles are highly suggested, but apparently this can be done in a car. When you get to the parking area be sure to surround the base of your vehicle with wire, logs and rocks to protect its underside from the tenacious porcupines, known to chew through brake lines. These supplies are provided for you.

Check other web sites and blogs for exact directions.

Attendees (23)
Hosts (1)
  • Hello - best I can gather it will take an hour to drive to Conrad Kane Hut from Brisco. Can anyone confirm that? Also I saw a post early July that 4x4 recommended because of muddy conditions.

    Thu, Jul 16, 2020 11:55 AM
  • Google maps shows as an hour. As 4x4 is recommended, wondering if any of you would be willing to let my friend and I jump in with you at Briscoe? As my vehicle is not 4x4, hoping to park my vehicle in Briscoe and catch a ride in?

    Sat, Jul 18, 2020 10:05 AM
  • Got my permit :)
    Will probably need a 4x4 lift too
    Recommendations for nearby lodging to stay night before?

    Sun, Jul 19, 2020 12:39 AM
  • Addison's Bungalows

    Sun, Jul 19, 2020 6:54 AM
  • Looking for a 4WD lift from Briscoe to the trailhead if anyone's got space! Also if anyone's kicking around the Kootenays the night before I'm planning on doing Welsh Lakes for Friday

    Thu, Jul 23, 2020 10:38 AM
  • Same as Paige, I am hoping to catch a ride from Brisco in to trailhead. I guess I will have to cancel if no replies as I do not have a 4x4. Was hoping trail would be dried up by long weekend.. not sure if I should hold out for that? Thanks for reading!

    Fri, Jul 24, 2020 1:07 PM
  • I think it's more so the condition of the road than it is the muddiness.

    Fri, Jul 24, 2020 1:08 PM
  • I have read somewhere about the road that it is doable without 4x4 if taken slowly..

    Fri, Jul 24, 2020 2:42 PM
  • I would have loved to do this hike. This time I'm taking my children to Joss Mountain. Enjoy!

    Fri, Jul 31, 2020 11:43 PM

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