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The trail was perfect: well marked, and the snow is packed down right now so no crampons required. This short hike was perfect for a frigid day! We went no further than the lake due to avalanche risk. Gorgeous.

snowshoeing
snow
20 days ago

My son and I snowshoed across the lake in Saturday (with caution) and spent the night at The Point. We walked out on the trail with just micro spikes. This was our first ever winter camp, and we can't wait to go back in the summer and spend a couple of days exploring. I highly recommend this!

snowshoeing
snow
21 days ago

Nicely packed trail for Snowshoeing. Would recommend this trail for both winter and summer.

I would recommend this trail. The begin is a little hard but, Totally worth it.
About 2hours. Dog friendly. I’ll say between beginner and moderate hike.
We did hike to go up and snowshoeing on the way down.

Decent hike. The initial incline is kind of steep. The snow is packed well and we didn’t need microspikes. I used poles but the others in my group did not. Most of the hike is in the trees so there isn’t a ton to see on the way up. The trail is really well defined. We stopped at the lake and didn’t go beyond due to the avalanche risk. I’m a novice hiker, but would say this is pretty easy. It took us 2 hours from the parking lot to get up and down. We did take a few short breaks and lots of photos! And of course Upper Kananaskis Lake is gorgeous.

Trail has plenty of snow and is well packed. Good one for the whole family.

snowshoeing
28 days ago

Great day at Chester Lake today! Definite incline at the beginning to get things going but levels out further into the trail. Has been snowing pretty good but the trail is relatively packed still. Definitely recommend either snowshoes or spikes and poles. Friend did manage the trail with just hikers and poles however it made for a couple of slippery descents in areas. Got on the trailhead at 9am so it was a nice and quiet hike on the way to Chester Lake. Trail was definitely getting busier on the way down. Would do this hike again!

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike. Lots of skiers coming down the northern side of the loop.

it was incredible! so much snow and the views at the top were amazing!!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

I would definitely rate the hike as difficult for inexperienced hikers. The trail is steep until you reach the ridge, I feel like with ice cleats and poles it’s much easier to summit with the snow to grip onto as opposed to dirt in the summer. One of my top seven under seven (ish) for sure, great hike worth the views. Today’s weather was ideal beautiful and sunny.

This is an amazing hike for a cold day of winter.
Although the drive is a bit too far, the parking facilities are good and the first part of the hike either around the lake or though the frozen lake is just amazing. You will be able to see lots of people practicing ice-fishing (friendly guys, they kindly talked to us and showed us their procedures)
The second part of the hike ramps up soon, moderate dificulty but trail is well maintained (no need for spikes or crampons, although helpful).
Narrow woods covered by snow, and 2 hours later the view of Rawson lake surrounded by high peaks is just breathtaking.
Worth the effort.

on Chester Lake Trail

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Very nice scenic hike!

hiking
1 month ago

2019-01-13 snowshoes and ice cleats not required. Path is nicely packed. If you want to veer off the trail, the snow depth is 30 to 40 cm and fluffy.

Great nice and easy hike. Great for families, or if you are looking for an easy hike/walk with awesome views and not a lot of effort. We did the trail closest to the lake on the way in and the upper trail on the way out. If you do it this way you get almost all of the elevation gain at once where the trail crosses the old rock slide. Made for a very quick and easy return.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

I did on Jan 11th. Trail was covered with packed snow. Very steep , but end of trail was heaven. The weather was sunny, so perfect. I would like to recommend this trail with heavy icepickers. We thankful for having amazing view.

Did this hike today on January 12th. There was quite a bit of snow on the trail, but it was still fairly easy to follow. The deep loose snow near the top slowed us down a bit, but it was still doable! Definitely a fun hike with beautiful views at the top. Took us about 4.5 hours, not going at a particularly fast pace.

snowshoeing
1 month 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.

Relatively easy hike for adults. The Hidden Lake was shockingly - very hidden and secluded.

Low rating solely based on time of year (late summer) left the lake looking more like a puddle. Go in the early to mid summer months when water levels will be higher.

This is a nice easy trail for all levels of experience.

snowshoeing
1 month 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!

Beautiful day. Lots of fresh snow and was snowing a bunch on the return trip! Avy group said conditions above treeline were not stable.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail becomes a cross country skiing track in the winter. We tried this hike with the kids in Jan 2019 but all tracks around it was for skiing, no hiking was allowed. Before we left, I stopped in the visitor center and asked for guidance, how to make it to the lake. We will try to find it next weekend. I gave 4 starts because the trail looked really nice and I didn’t want to downgrade the trail just because it’s not available for hiking in the winter.

An absolute gem. You will never say that this trail is dull. Went during winter and the view is just breathtaking. Great for snow shoeing and cross country skiing ! We brought a

Fantastic snowshoe / winter hike!

Jan 5, 2019: fresh snow lovely day

1 month ago

Great easy loop. Look out for campsites!

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