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on Chester Lake Trail

snowshoeing
21 hours 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.

Loved it even though it is fairly well traveled with other hikers. Also recommend using crampons or some such device if the Park's trail conditions reports suggest it. We did not get very far since the trails were complete ice that day but were able to enjoy some by holding onto the railings.

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!

October 9
Cool hike, great views of the canyone and walking right above it on the path and grates. Very icy though, high fall risk, crampons suggested. The only problem with this hike being the amount of people there (high) and the amount of people falling and basically scrambling not to fall because of the ice.

hiking
2 days ago

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

nice little walk.

hiking
4 days 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.

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

Did the 10km hike from emerald lake through the snow, it was not easy but well worth it .

One of my personal favourite spots! Nature at its best! Hike was easy and rock climb was a fun challenge. We started this trail early evening and basically had it all to ourselves. Love. Love. Love. Would 100% recommend.

Lovely hike but you will want micro spikes especially for the trek up to the upper Falls. So many people slipping and sliding without them. Parking was no problem at 9:30 in a Thursday. Not crowded at all. But bring spikes!

Easy hike. Current snowy/icy conditions add a little more difficulty to get up to upper falls. Not as crowded due to overcast weather and trail conditions.

Nice trail but too many people!

So muddy and hard for walk when it covered by snow but the scenery is very beautiful

If there is one must do hike in the Canadian Rockies .. must be this one for the view .. easy, short, breathtaking view!!

hiking
11 days ago

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

Great trail! Just very very icy. Only could make it up because of railings. If you don’t have spikes, very difficult with snow/ice. Otherwise would be very easy. Can’t wait to come back and do again.

hiking
12 days ago

Very easy trail !

hiking
13 days ago

Very snow covered / muddy. Arbour workers had drove machinery along the path so it was clear enough to hike their tracks in just boots. Beautiful fall colours, open water and beautiful snow coverage on the trees. Would definitely recommend for an easy, scenic, short hike.

easy walk to the top

Easy walk with exceptionally stunning views!

hiking
15 days ago

Super easy walk to a spectacular view. Could see it being really busy on a nice day

Prefect spot to propose, and she said yes

These canyon trails are just magnificent! Such an amazing walk. Make sure you go up close to the falls!!

hiking
18 days 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
21 days 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

21 days ago

Steep walk for the first 20 minutes but totally worth it and easy the rest of the way. Very rewarding the whole time. Every part is super beautiful.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy hike, worth the walk and beautiful sights.
We did the Troll Falls (you can climb up to the water fall) and also the Upper falls hike (although it is not currently maintained, it is very safe to do).
When you get to the parking in the trail head, make sure you make a left to the woods immediately or you will end up walking several miles in the Stoney Trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked both sets of falls. hiked up to the ink pots , they were pretty cool.

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