Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Alberta with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
2 days ago

Need boots. Snow was quite deep after the second cross near the lost lake. Many birds and squirrels to see,cute.

hiking
4 days ago

I LOVED this hike today. It was stunning with all the snow, reminded me of a winter wonderland. Such a nice and easy hike. Highly recommended

hiking
5 days ago

Short, easy trail, great for an on-leash dog walk. Still pleasant in a few inches of snow.

Super fun and relatively easy hike! The view at the top is amazing. Can’t wait to snowshoe this trail once more snow comes along.

Did this last year with snowshoes. Super fun!

on Chester Lake Trail

19 days ago

she didn't have a lot of fun out there today cut the temperature was very mild and the trail was not at all icy.

hiking
19 days ago

Excellent trail easy hiking , seen several moose. Lots of beaver activity

20 days ago

Great trails,

Amazing hike we took the snow shoe trail. Came down to face 3 moose but apart from that loved it

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this trail in mid October early in the morning. Had 3 elk walk up to me to about 15 feet before they got spooked, I could hear the male elks calling was an excellent hike saw Bison on the way in and lots of partridge. Stopped for a snack in a nice open field there are signs warning of quicksand. Didn't know this was a thing in Alberta. Last time I hiked this trail was in June lots of mosquitoes.

backpacking
28 days ago

I would recommend crampons and poles, be mindful of avalanches this time of the year as well. Expect to be breaking trail if you do the whole loop. View from Skoki Mountain is definitely worth the effort.

walking
1 month ago

Completed this one two days ago. The trail is already snowed in, but well used so it's doable in hiking boots only.
This is an easy walk with lightly ascending towards the lake. Very appropriate for kids, pups and cross country skiing as well.
The views are more than amazing this time of the year.

on Chester Lake Trail

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Very easy to find the trail head, with designated parking/ washrooms. Many different choices of trails, from walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing. It was a fairly easy hike up, I had beginners with me that were OK with the occasional break. The view when you get to the lake is beautiful. One of my favourite parts about this hike was the Gray Jays, if you do not like birds I highly recommend not sticking your arms/ hands out. They are very friendly.

We had snow shoes on, did not need them as the trail was well packed.

We just did Chester Lake today with our 8-year old dog. It was an awesome hike! The views are beautiful and the hike is very doable. Gets the heart pumping a little on the way to the hike, but levels out quickly and it’s quite easy to the lake.
We will definitely be doing this hike again!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views at the lake, easy hike with slow graduation. I would rate this as heavily trafficked.

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike through the snow. The fir trees were beautifully outlined in snow and the larch trees were still a bright yellow on Oct 7th. Once we made it to Chester Lake, we took a break and watched the river as it began to freeze over. Chipmunks were playing in holes in the snow, and a few other people were enjoying the views and sliding ice across the lake with the snowy mountain backdrop. Another one of my favourite parts of the trip was that we saw so much wildlife. We must have seen about 20 big horn sheep on the road as we passed through Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, and at the end of our trip, we saw a moose licking salt off of someone’s truck in the parking lot. A guy near us said he lives in the area and hadn’t seen a moose in 25 years so I felt pretty lucky since I only moved to Canada a few months ago. One of the best days on record for me.

A very picturesque, easy and short trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Today we spent an amazing 5 hours on this trail. With a fresh snowfall the night before we trudged through 6-8” of fresh snow. The trail was so peaceful. Easy hike just long one. I would recommend this trail with the fresh snow.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike in the snow . Beautiful on a sunny day with trees filled with snow.Much of it is in the forest

Beautiful up there with all the larches changing colour. Well worth carrying on past Taylor Lake!! Next time I will overnight at Taylor and explore the area (o’brien, boom and the ridge more)

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful fall colours although not as many larches as I expected, had the trail essentially to ourselves... took 2 hrs to get to the lake at 4 yr old pace

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed it! Had great weather.

For a new hiker or someone visiting: this would be great. For someone who is a seasoned hiker this one is kind of “meh.” Lake isn’t anything wild. Moderate hike with minimal gain. Nice views on a nice day but if it was cloudy I think it wouldn’t be very interesting

Beautiful hike even in the pouring rain!

Beautiful trail and views.

2 months ago

I was with Shahram and confirm it can be done in one day though little bit difficult. One of the best hikes I've ever done and will do in the future.
Lots of water on the trail can be used if having either filter or pills.
There are few campsites for those who want to enjoy more.
On the way back I recommend to follow the route Shahram recorded as the meadow was beautiful and quite. My phone crashed so I could not complete my recordings.

Nice hike, bit of incline at the beginning until you get to a nice open meadow. It took us about an hour ish to get to the lake. We did go to have a snack by the elephant rocks, there was nobody there and after that we did the loop around the lake.

It’s pet friendly, family friendly. It get very crowded. Go early

hiking
2 months ago

Easy family hike, we had kids with us ages from 5-10 and they had no problem finishing the hike. The hike was very pretty with all the fall colours showing in the bushes surrounding the trail. Although there is no great view until you reach the lake. It was muddy at some points but the kids enjoyed it trying to go through the water/mud on rocks and logs.

We got a bit lost but there is a nice variety of forest and views of the river from high up. Could hear cows along the way too!

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