Explore the most popular hiking trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

hiking
snow
2 days 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

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
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.

hiking
4 days 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
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

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.

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 easily visible. The snow was packed at first, but became fairly loose and deep higher up. It was still doable, but the loosed snow slowed us down a bit. Definitely a fun hike with beautiful views at the top. Took us about 4.5 hours, not going at a particularly fast pace.

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.

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
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!

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
11 days 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

13 days ago

Great easy loop. Look out for campsites!

hiking
14 days ago

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

hiking
15 days ago

climbed from chester lake to summit,great time

We did Kings Creek Ridge yesterday on a bluebird day. Packed trail but required microspikes, top portions was a little wind blown and snowshoes would have been nice on the ridge but we made the summit with no issues.

My husband, son and 5 year old grandchild and I hiked about 2km out and back again. Beautiful views, blue skies but lots of snow. Rolling hilly path which was a bit of a challenge for a 5 year old. We will definitely be back to hike it again and hope to complete the full loop! Trekking poles were helpful. We hiked to Rawson Lake in the summer so seeing part of the path in winter was a beautiful change.

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
16 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
17 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.

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