Chester Lake Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 220 reviews

Chester Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
424 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

skiing

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

closed

Closed due to Bears Effective Date: July 4, 2018 until further notice Where: Chester Lake Trail and Day Use Why: Grizzly bear and cub are frequenting the area. The High Rockies Trail remains open through the closure. No parking available at Chester Day Use. https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/#34826

10 days ago

Closed due to bear activity FYI

17 days ago

Great for families! Make sure to have an extra layer to wear at lake. Check out the Elephant Rocks!

17 days ago

Wonderful hike. The first half was a bit of tough uphill slugging but the reward of the open meadows and the lake were worth it. Also worth the five minute hike up to the elephant rocks.

20 days ago

Beautiful lake at the end, family friendly, if you are going on rainy days make sure you have bug spray and mosquito spray..!! At the end we saw Grizzly bear and Bear cub at other side of the lake.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Amazing snowshoe trail! Spectacular views, forested and wide open spaces. Initially there is a bit of a incline to get through but it’s worth it!

Was closed as of 8 May 2018.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail. The only problem that the last part of the road to the trail was unpaved. However, it was an easy one and once you reach the lake, you can enjoy the view. We went on the fall so we could not enjoy the flowers so that I hope I can go again in the summer

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Had a lovely hike snowshoeing, this took 3 hours with a few breaks and a short break for lunch.
Beautiful views 360.

hiking
3 months ago

A very nice trail , it has step sections but is very manageable, also very. yay as the weather was nice. The view at the trail end is breath taking !

4 months ago

Very steep at the beginning but very easy after about the first 2/3. The snow covered lake is in a beautiful bowl of peaks! Can’t wait to get back in summer!

4 months ago

This was a beautiful trail!! The trail offers some outstanding views once making it past the steep inclines. Most of the hike is in tree covering, but once you make it to the opening it is a worthy hike!! Our snowshoes worked out great and we wore minimal layers as we heated up quickly during climbing. I’d advise bringing additional layers for the opening as the winds tend to pick up past the tree line.
- great trail signage
- moderate/medium level difficulty during winter
- spectacular views
- easy access in and out of trail

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

We did most of this trail - stopped early to head home - but definitely worth doing. Steep at the beginning but flat and easy going for the rest of the way. Good for snowshoeing but the hikers we had with us had a bit of trouble on the hill. Great snow and good views!

4 months ago

Great trail. Definitely push yourself to the top of the lake

snowshoeing
4 months ago

We did a partial snowshoe/hike of this one today with some friends. Great views and lots of snow. A bit steep at the beginning without snowshoes and for longer than we thought; but very flat and enjoyable later on.

5 months ago

So much snow and a great trail

5 months ago

So much snow. Fantastic as always.

6 months ago

The hills at the beginning of the hike are hard work, but if you push past them it'll be worth it for the amazing mountain views that follow :)

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Good hike up, some steep parts for my beginner legs. Way down was quick.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Lots of new snow when we went up on 12/30/17. Great hike - first third very steep, but straightforward after. Several open meadows with great views of surrounding peaks.

6 months ago

Great packed trail for snowshoeing. First few kilometers are uphill but flattens out after that. Easy to follow and well marked.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

We rented snow shoes and poles from the U of C outdoor centre. Worked out to about $13 a person! Great little hike, fresh air, nice steady incline at the beginning. A couple feet of snow out there. The paths are good but there is room to venture in to some fresh powder :)

snowshoeing
7 months ago

One of my favourite snowshoes... especially on a weekday when there's not many people on the trail.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

This is a fun snowshoe trail. the only downside is that there are alot of people.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

Amazing trail! Pretty good incline in the beginning but well worth it! Lots of snow as well and it was snowing while we were there, which added to the beauty!

8 months ago

I went around a month ago and it was honestly such a good time! A little slippery because of the snow but it wasn’t hard to hike. Stunning views! Definitely worth it.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

We went out early to beat the crowd, and we did. Coming back to the car, the snowshoe trail was quite busy. Easy trail to follow. Steady climbs with a couple of nice valleys to rest the legs before the next climb.

8 months ago

Icy in parts great view at the lake and in the valley. Very quiet, only saw a few people.

8 months ago

great hike and tons of fish

8 months ago

Beautiful hike.. in October snow on path. Lake is frozen, very few places on path is little icy.

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