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Enjoyable easy hike :)
Went 3 weeks a go a bit slippery in some spots but other then that a good fun hike.

Enjoyable easy hike :)
Went 3 weeks a go a bit slippery in some spots but other then that a good fun hike.

Enjoyable easy hike :)
Went 3 weeks a go a bit slippery in some spots but other then that a good fun hike.

Not recommended for the harder side in the winter unless you have good shoe spikes. Great views and a pleasant trail when recovering from a hard trail. Lots of traffic even in winter and much better than Quarry Lake all around.

We did this hike on November 3rd. It was beautiful. Hardly any 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 hike Nov 3, 2018. High of 10 degrees, slight wind, mainly overcast. First 60% of the trail was greasy and we had to put on crampons to stop from slipping everywhere. Middle portion ice and some snow. Top portion by lake has deep snow. Crampons necessary and likely snowshoes for upper area. Mud should not be a problem since freezing temps incoming.

This hike isn't what I would call "super easy". More moderate to difficult since it is essentially straight up. Very few flat areas. Use my GPX data since All Trails map is out of date.

The Good:
Nature, outdoors, some okay scenery on the way up, vigorous hike
Scenery around the lakes is beautiful

The Bad:
Aggressive climb from trailhead to lakes
Mostly within treeline
Few views along the way

Hike was awesome! Easy trail for sure! Highly recommend it, lots to see for sure!

The view of the lake is spectacular...I was lucky to take some nice photos in a sunny-cloudy day. Make sure to stop after the bridge to view the lake kind of from the top (good for photo shooting). You will feel the spirits of Minnewanka! :)

Did this last year with snowshoes. Super fun!

Not a hard hike, easy trail starting with trees and ending in a freezing cold lake. Be prepared for a wait at the ridge as you are essentially hiking w a huge group of people. Fun, but won’t do it again.

This trail is nice all throughout all the seasons, it’s a bit strenuous once you start going up but the switchbacks offer some relief. I hiked this trail last week and it had quite a bit of snow so make sure you bring some clamp-ons if you have them.

Easy. Beautiful. Worth the view

on Chester Lake Trail

15 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
15 days ago

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

Beautiful Hike. The scramble up to Sarrail Ridge can be a bit of a grind but not too difficult. Be sure to wear the proper footwear. The views from the ridge are incredibly stunning, you won't be dissapointed.

16 days ago

Great trails,

As I tell everyone I meet, this is by far my favourite hike in the world. It is an absolute thrilling adventure.

Beautiful place really easy hike but it was close to walk aground the lake or get to the other lakes, I posted a photo of it.
(I jumped the “fence” and walked a little bit up)

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

hiking
18 days ago

nice river view,lots of wild life to watch.

hiking
19 days ago

Super easy hike - great little hike if you just want something quick.

Easy trail, little steep uphill but it's short and the lake was beautiful. Don't know about fishing but I read this was one of only two lakes in K-Country stocked with Grayling so that might be interesting. Great stop on the way across Hwy 512 from Chain Lakes to the Forestry Trunk Road. Best hit of the day was the herd of Bighorn Sheep that came out to lick the salty dust off my truck.

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome hike!

Went there yesterday looking for a nice easy hike as I'd just had my wisdom teeth out. It's ok, but you still feel very close to civilisation with the construction at the top, the exposed pipes and powerlines.

The easy way up is a steady incline, but a nice wide path. The hard way is flatter for the most part, and narrower. But you have to do some rocky steps at the end and step through some very shallow running streams. I prefered the hard way considerably.

The waterfall is running well.

Nice and easy hike. Has a beautiful panoramic view. However, around the lake there is a tape, so you cannot come very close or go to further to see other lakes. It's still worth seeing! The lake is beautiful.

This hike is incredible. My boyfriend and I did it yesterday with perfect weather. We started around 1pm and got back just as it was getting too dark to be hiking (7pm). We are inexperienced in the ice and snow (we are an Australian-Croatian pair) but persistent. We had no gear to speak of but we went steadily and were totally ok. I wouldn't recommend doing it with out tractioned footwear if you're not prepared to feel a bit uncomfortable. His shoes were pretty grippy but I felt like I was on ice skates for the lower part of the hike. I would have had to go on my bottom for parts of it if not for him. Once we got half way up to Rawson Lake it was snowy rather than icy and then heading up the ridge the snow turned to mud. Its a tough slog to get up the ridge but well well worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

Didn't end up doing the entire trail. We only got to the bridge (Steward Canyon). I'd reckon it about a 2 km in (at most) to the wooden bridge and then back. I went with older parents with bad knees and they were able to do it. Pretty easy up to that point. Nice views of the lake. We ran into about 10 people (one couple hiking with 2 young children and 2 mountain bikers) on the trail on a Friday morning around 8 am.

I would definitely do this again, but there’s a rushing waterfall you have to pass so I’d go next time even earlier in the morning (~8am) to avoid jumping across wet rocks. Also bring gaters depending on the weather! Helen lake is pretty, but make the extra trek up to Cirque peak and have lunch up there if you can. Although it’s usually snowy up there.

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