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17 hours ago

Easy, beautiful hike. Did it twice this year.

hiking
18 hours ago

Beautiful the whole way up. Not too hard. Took me an hour and a half to get to the top.

Great day up Wasootch! Took me 2:10 up and 1:40 down with a steady pace and only a couple of short breaks. Poles are definitely helpful on this trail, bring em along.

Awesome walk along the creek.We ended up walking the creek instead of the ridge but still worth it ..Beautiful views!! Spectacular frozen waterfalls.....love it ..will go back for the ridge in summer for sure

Amazing!!! Great place to train! Took us approximately 1-1:10hr fairly easy pace. Amazing in winter!

snowshoeing
1 day ago

Soloed this trail to the ACC's Bow Hut in snowshoes back in May 2018. Snow conditions were soft and patchy. Definitely needed the snowshoes but skis were not an option at all. A lot of back and forth between snowshoes on and off. I had to traverse several avalanche slides and one rock slide. Difficult to maintain the actual trail at many times but still made it to the hut in a decent amount of time. Ultimately, blue bird skies made for a warm and enjiyable trek. Highly recommended in summer, fall and winter though, not so much in the spring!

It was a gorgeous hike. We did it on December 8th 2018
Breathtaking views of creek and frozen waterfalls were everywhere. Saw few people doing ice climbing. Little tricky to cross creek few times.
Must do in summer.

on Chester Lake Trail

1 day ago

Wide open vistas and well marked. Winter paradise for sure

well marked, heavily trafficked. only forest views. pretty easy trail.

Nice, easy trail with very gradual elevation gain. You are mostly in the forest until you reach the lake. Good for quick a winter hike. As of Dec 8/18, the trail is hard packed snow - no snowshoes or traction devices needed, though this might change over the next few days as the snow melts and refreezes.

hiking
1 day ago

My wife and i really enjoy this hike. you can make it more strenuous by going as far as you can. It does get really windy in the open areas but the views are awesome!

Windy but not much snow cover. Good over all hike

My favourite easy trail to bike. Now connected to Sherwood Park via the trail on Sherwood Drive and to the grest path system in Fort Saskatchewan.

snowshoeing
1 day ago

Mostly flat trail. Easy-moderate. ~2.5 hr hike.

Bring your bear spray. Proper hiking boots and attire make the hike nice. It could be done in regular runners. (I saw a lady hiking in flat shoes - she was not pleased with her shoe choice. The view at Rawson Lake was worth it from what she said!) Lot's of snow.

Nice and quiet. Well marked trail system. Stop at the black cat ranch for local information on the trail - they build/maintain the trail to the best of my knowledge. Bring your bear spray.

All other comments here seem to describe quite well...in my opinion. big hike. be prepared.

Completed on December 1. Easy hike with great views. Trail was packed so no need for snowshoes yet.

Trail good and compact, but still recommend micro spikes and gaiters. Brilliant sunshine and not too windy at the top compared to other days. A good hike at anytime of the year if you are looking for some elevation gain, awesome views and want to burn a few calories! Recommend going mid week though as it is a very popular trail.

Easy hike but truly stunning!

this is a difficult hike for beginners, but beautiful view on top

3 days ago

Completed December 4th. Spectacular views well worth the effort! Good Micro spikes are needed for the way down. Can’t wait to try it again in summer.

Went with the intention of snowshoeing but didn’t end up using them. It was a gorgeous trail with well packed snow and some icy patches that were easily maneuvered around. We brought micro spikes as well but they too stayed in the packs. We will definitely be back when there’s more snow to break out our snowshoes!

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Completed Chester Lake two weeks ago and it was a wonderful trail! Beautiful scenery, good steep sections to warm you up, and very rewarding lake at the end to sit and relax, have some lunch, and watch some of the backcountry skiers.

Excellent challenging trail, yet open to all able bodied hikers. In the summer I saw many people of all ages and physical ability going up the trail. Walk at your own pace and it's a great trail with an amazing reward.

Hiked it after a snowfall so a bit of a slog through 6inches of fluffy snow. Still beautiful at the pass.

Completed hike on 2018-12-02. Crampons/Ice Cleats highly recommended. Not really enough snow on this date for snow shoes. Great hike, great views especially the summit with it's 360 degree panorama.

High winds, snow drifts, blue skies with awesome priceless views. We were 500m from the highest elevation on the trail, however the snow drifts and steep narrow terrain made it unsafe to proceed. Definitely will be back in summer/fall.

Variety of scenery with flat to gently sloping trails. Safe and within city limits, you can still see deer around any corner. Washrooms and water in a couple spots. In the summer you are mainly in the shade of the trees.

Easy with good views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges.

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