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Would do it again repeatedly.

hiking
3 days ago

Snow packed conditions but easily completed with hiking boots, wore my spikes on the way back down which provided better traction. Nice view at the Pass, tried to complete the Midnight Peak trail but the snow was deep so I turned around near the peak.

on Chester Lake Trail

4 days ago

Hiked on Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, no need for snowshoes as it was packed snow. It was not icy at all, but spikes or poles would be helpful for the upward and downward climbs and descents. I did it with just hiking boots and poles and was just fine. For those that have not done this trail it is easy going for about a km then it’s a steady climb for approximately 2km, then it levels off. Bring something to sit on ( small tarp will do) to have your lunch or snack when you get to the top!

Did it clockwise today. Very windy once on the ridge. Good views.

4 days ago

We hiked Tamnuska loop today (January 13, 2019). Most sections were dry. However, spikes are needed to reach its summit.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Excellent hike. Beautiful winter views. You would be fine to hike it with ice spikes if it has not snowed in a while.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Fun afternoon, easy trail for snowshoeing. Deep powder off the packed trail. Lots of views, and trees to block any wind.

Hear about Chester Lake all the time and been wanting to try it since we moved here four years ago. Beautiful blue sky day. Fair number of cars in the lot (20 or so) when we started but when we left at 4:30 we were the only ones there. We used ice trackers. It's possible to go with just boots (trail is hard packed) but later in the day the sun warmed the snow and some of the downhill sections (it's all downhill on the way back) were really slippery. I must admit the long uphill was a little more than I expected but I made it.

on Chester Lake Trail

5 days ago

Gorgeous hike. We didn’t need our snowshoes because the snow was so packed down. But, spikes were helpful. We’ll be doing this hike again soon.

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Good packed trail for snowshoeing with lots of powder on the sides if you want to be in the deep stuff. Saw some people hiking the trail but not sure how well that went since there were some signs of post holing by the lakes. Started just after 10 on a Saturday and by the time we ended around noon the parking lot was full and trail was packed.

on Rummel Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Went earlier in January, with quite a bit of snowfall. Tracks were packed, but would recommend snowshoes. Tried part of the trail without, and sank pretty deep. Visibility was poor due to snowfall, so by the lake wasn't great. I would definitely try this trail again in the summer.

Took us about 3.5 hours, with water/ snack breaks and a short stop on the top.

snowshoeing
10 days ago

We visited Chester Lake yesterday and it was beautiful! Fresh snow and lovely scenery. We used snowshoes, but could’ve gotten away with just spikes because the snow wasn’t too high. The trails are well-marked and not too busy. We also brought our dog (on-leash) and he had the time of his life :) Will definitely be back!

Several cars were broken into at the trailhead parking lot today.

Have been hiking this for 20yrs, but this was the first time with snow and ice. Bring spikes and decent poles, some gnarly ice latches patches on the backside. Shoulder and front side were pretty clear, unfortunately very little scree left these days...

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Great, pretty easy hike. Well-marked and packed down (we snowshoed but they are not really required) and protected from the elements. Did it Jan 6th so visibility wasn’t good but lots of great snow and still a pretty good view of the lake and mountains at the end. Around 3.5 hours as we took our time. Would also recommend for kids and dogs.

Did this hike in August - super smokey due to the BC fires at the time but was still stunning. Recommend proper hiking gear/hiking boots for this hike. Definitely a nice scramble a bit before the summit. I would of rated it as Hard but I could just be out of shape haha! Incredible view! 11/10.

on Rummel Lake Trail

snowshoeing
11 days ago

My girlfriend and I went out and did this hike in January 2019. Unfortunately we had a very snowy day which meant we didn’t get much in terms of views. However, the hike itself is pretty great. It’s a fairly gradual uphill grind on the way there, which means it’s smooth sailing on the way back down. I had snowshoes but attached them to the pack and just hiked in without any difficulty - as long as I stayed on the path. It took us 3.5 hours round trip, with a small lunch break at the top. Plenty of parking on the East side of Smith Dorrien Trail. I’d like to do this hike again in summer.

hiking
11 days ago

We went counterclockwise but didn’t make it quite to the top because it was Very windy as we went past the 1.5 km mark. Many trail options -steeper or less steep or climbing areas. Stayed to left for more trees and things to grab when scrambling up. No snow or ice so no crampons needed. Alright view but not nice to see the ex Shaw factory right there. Awesome terrain though.

on Rummel Lake Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Longer than the 9.9 km posted - closer to 13 km. We used snowshoes but it was a fairly well packed trail. Lots of people on the trail. Beautiful through the trees and the view at the lake is very nice! Would like to do this hike in the summer.

hiking
14 days ago

Climbed to the elephant rocks today. Trail was in great shape with fresh snow. Highly recommended.

hiking
14 days ago

Brought the pups and we had a great time. the trail is packed down, I wore my spikes on the top half where it got icy but my partner didn't and he was fine. it was pretty windy at the top but nice and calm while within the treeline. took up 50 min up, 35 min down.

hiking
15 days ago

climbed from chester lake to summit,great time

hiking
16 days ago

We hiked this trail on the 1st of January 2019. The whole trail was covered with packed snow and we could easily walk up without crampons. The last 300m or so is the ridge above the treeline (the section where you see the last turn) where it's windy and there are rocks. The view is nice from there for sure. On the way down we used the crampons. Overall this is a nice, moderately easy hike. Definitely good for ages 6 and above.

snowshoeing
16 days ago

The views are totally worth it when you get to the top. We were snowshoeing, so the signs directed us to the Chester Lake Snowshoeing Trail, which is not the trail that is listed above. About 1/3 to 1/2 of the snowshoeing trail I would have rated as hard (very steep), but the rest of it was beautiful and relatively flat. I recommend starting earlier in the day (at least by 10 AM) so that you have good light when you get to the meadow. It took us about 4 hours to get up and back.

hiking
17 days ago

Trails are pretty packed down. Micro spikes are all that’s required.

Great hike we went on a very hot day so there was lots of run off on the hike out.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Was out with friends on Dec 29. All of us are new to snowshoeing. This is definitely a perfect little trail to get out on. The views are beautiful and walking in the trees was very serene. I recommend this trail to anyone wanting to just get out and go for a walk. We took our time and were around the loop in under 2 hours. One could do it in less time if you choose.

hiking
18 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike and the view once you hit the lake is amazing. Lots of snow but the path is packed down enough I didn’t have to put spikes on my boots. Trail is very well marked. Saw some smaller tracks but no wild life. We got there at about 1030am and Was pretty quiet going up and saw a couple of people on the way back down. We took our time and stopped to eat at the lake and take in the views.. it took just over 3 hours altogether. Easy hike for beginners or just for a nice relaxed hike. Would definitively like to do it again in the summer time !

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Nice day but overcast. Busy but polite group. Easy level and up and down under 2 hrs. 7.7 km round trip with 351 meters in elevation. Trail well groomed by use. Up top views are stupendous!

Absolutely beautiful at the top! Views are a bit foresty until then. Very cold at the top as well, and windy.

snowshoeing
19 days ago

Great hike. Incline at the beginning and needed to take some breaks but flattens out at the top as you walk towards the lake. We had snow shoes but you would have been fine without until it flattens out. Past the uphill part snowshoes were a must as it got a lot of snow overnight. This took us 3 hours and I recorded 8.2km.

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