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Easy, beautiful hike. Did it twice this year.

on Chester Lake Trail

4 days ago

Wide open vistas and well marked. Winter paradise for sure

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.

snowshoeing
6 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.

Very well marked, great views, will do this one again come summer.

on Chester Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Trailhead was well marked with parking. Many different routes you can take (hike, snowshoe, ski...etc.)Took a few beginners up this trail, and didn't seem to have many issues. Views from the top were beautiful. Lots of Gray Jays and they are not shy, they will land on your hands if you let them!

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Just finished this snowshoe trail and it was pretty good. first 1.5km will get you warmed up and your legs going. After that it is pretty much smooth sailing. The mountains surrounding the area are beautiful but since this is 'winter' the lake area is somewhat anticlimactic. Will enjoy coming back in the summer to do this one again.

hiking
11 days ago

Good fall/early winter hike if you have micro spikes. Some deep snow up top (don’t forget the gaiters) near the lakes, but lakes are frozen and you can easily traverse across them. Will be back in the spring/summer.

Nice easy trail! Was great but you only need to do it once in my opinion

hiking
16 days ago

Went in the middle of October this year and it was pretty snowy and a little slick in some areas so I would definitely recommend crampons. My friend and I went during the week with my dog. We only saw 3 other people and we enjoyed the quiet, and the view. It took us about 3 hours total.

Nov 25, 2018. I hiked up to the rock chute today. The trail was snow covered with a few icy patches. I was able to make it to the chute without any spikes. I wore my Microspikes on the way down which was helpful. Overall the trail was in very good shape.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy but beautiful hike

Nice easy trail! Was great but you only need to do it once in my opinion

25 days ago

This was an awesome little trail! Just did it last week with our baby and the frozen falls at the end were pretty :)

hiking
27 days ago

Did the low Jewell Pass track to Barrier and then back up the jeep track over Yates. Great little hike - good distance. Moderate rather than hard. Keen to MTB it in the summer

hiking
29 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

Easy trail to a decent view point. If you go just a couple hundred meters up towards midnight peak the views are excellent.

hiked this circuit today, Nov 10. Snow covered trail and the scramble to the summit is intense. definetly wish I packed extra socks and gloves, didn't expect knee deep snow. AMAZING views. not for the faint hearted. took us newbies 5 hrs to complete. didn't give this 5 stars only because lack of direction during decent from summit. golden eagles are big.

1 month ago

Some challenging scrambling near the top, but the view is amazing!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Cute little hike with the puppers! Just looking to get out definitely recommend!

Did this last year with snowshoes. Super fun!

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.

Awesome trail. Just did it yesterday, I recommend spikes as it is pretty snowy and icy going up. The views are amazing and going down through the scree makes for a quick and fun decent.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike was ok.. highly recommend crampons this time of year as half way up became quite icy. Extremely windy at the top

on Chester Lake Trail

1 month 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.

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.

Hiked up yesterday and microspikes were the ticket to an easy climb. I also used poles but others didn’t and had no issues. It is more spectacular in the summer but still a stunning backdrop.

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