Chester Lake Snowshoe Trail

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Distance:
7.4 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
315 meters
Time required:
2 - 4 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

Drive west of Calgary on Highway #1 approximately 60 kilometres. Turn south on highway #40 and drive 50 kilometres. At the intersection of highway #40 and Kananaskis Lakes Trail turn right (west) onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail and drive approximately 2.3 kilometres and turn right again onto highway #742 (the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail). Drive 18 kilometres to the Chester Lake Parking Lot. The other option is to leave from Canmore and drive south on Highway #742 approximately 45 kilometres to the Chester Lake Parking Lot.

Hazards on trail

Water. I used Garmin Mapsource during this hike and to generate the topographical map. You cannot trust that the location of the boundaries of the lake or creek are accurate. Be cautious near the water.

Hike Description

Chester Lake Kananaskis


The Chester Lake (above) Snowshoe Trail is well marked. Both the trailhead and waypoint #002 is on the Chester Lake hiking trail. The snowshoe trail leaves this path at waypoint #003. The snowshoe trail is marked with little florescent signs with snowshoe prints on them. This trail is very popular. For the most part when hiking this winter in Kananaskis I probably never saw more than 5 or 6 people on any given trail. On this trail I probably saw at least 20 people.


The GPS track for this hike can be downloaded via the file attached to this post. Go to the "About" page for directions prior to download or use of this data. Please submit your feedback and let me know your thoughts on the hike. If you have the the GPS data for other hikes in Alberta please send it along with a couple pictures to chris[at]hikealberta[dot]com.



Hike Photos

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