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Great hike! Went on Saturday. Snow is pretty deep when you get close to Lilian lake. Make sure to bank on an extra 45 minutes compared to what you would normally hike it in. Great weather though - all in all a solid 4 hours in total. We used winter hiking boots and that’s it - no poles and no snowshoes

beauty of a trail. we headed up there yesterday too the "road" side first to the top, went to the fire lookout and then down the other side (jewel pass) was crazy to see the different conditions. felt like we did all 4 seasons in 1 day!! in total the hike was 16.5km

on Chester Lake Trail

3 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!

snowshoeing
3 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.

Had a great time exploring this hike! Fun to walk the frozen stream if you’ve got spikes on. Can’t wait to see it in the summer.

3 days ago

Great workout! Beautiful hike! Highly recommended!

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

4 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.

completed this hike on January 12th. Great hiking conditions for this time of the year. Did the hike up to the fire lookout, views open up to the west if you do this extension.

on Rummel Lake Trail

hiking
8 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.

Gorgeous trail, will be trying it again when the snow melts! We made it a bit past the party summit but turned back when the slippery snowy/muddy slope hit some exposure (wayyy too dangerous for my liking). Still a beautiful hike/easy scramble up to that point -- loved it!

snowshoeing
9 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!

snowshoeing
9 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.

on Rummel Lake Trail

snowshoeing
10 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
10 days ago

Bit slippy in parts but that’s winter for ya. Lovely view from top

on Rummel Lake Trail

hiking
11 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.

Great hike and awesome views from the top. Definitely worth the extra hike to the fire lookout station, incredible views! If you’re short on time just do the prairie view track (go counter-clockwise along the loop) then head back down the same way. The back half of the loop was alright but quite a bit longer and a lot of just walking through the trees. Jan 4, 2019 trail was good the whole way, lots of hard pack snow but hiking boots and poles were fine, a couple spots would have been nice to have crampons/spikes but nothing too slippery.

hiking
13 days ago

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

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Went up to Lillian Lake last weekend and trail was all good, didn't need snowshoes until maybe 3 minutes before we got to the lake, I'm sure with a little more time there will be enough snow to pull them out earlier. Didn't get to see too much, it got pretty white out but I'm sure its gorgeous! With a little more time we might have made it up to Galatea. Trip for another time but definitely worth it!

hiking
14 days ago

climbed from chester lake to summit,great time

Summited on Jan 1st. Incredible views all the way up, challenging steady elevation, fun scrambling, spikes necessary. Trail is still clearly defined.

snowshoeing
15 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
15 days ago

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

hiking
17 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
17 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!

snowshoeing
18 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.

awesome hike. tons of people on the trail. We wore spikes because the trail was packed down enough so we didn't need snowshoes. Brought the pups and they had no problem on the trail. 1 hour 20 min up, 40 min down.
we lost a tri-coloured ring on the trail or parking lot. so if anyone has seen it please let me know!

Dec 29, 2018: Windy and easy

snowshoeing
18 days ago

Had a great snowshoe today, sun wasn’t out and it was snowing but it was spectacular.

Did this trek on Dec 28, 2018. The views on the way up and at the top are insane and totally worth the effort up there! The top third of the trail has a lot of loose rocks and a mix of fresh and packed snow. Do not try this without spikes!!! The very top is a scramble with loose rock so be careful! It also drops at least 20 degrees between the top and the last 50 feet so make sure you camera is easily accessible ... you’re going to want your warmest gloves for this one!

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