Snowshoe Trails

Snowshoe to Mount Murray Viewpoint

Our objective was the Mt. Murray Viewpoint via Lower Chester Loop (blue  ski trail) in the Smith-Dorrien. According to two weather forecasts, we had picked the sunny day of the week for photographs. So we left the Chester Lake parking lot in sun, marvelling at the huge amount of snow as we carefully navigated past [...]

Winter Walk over Ranger Hill

Back to West Bragg! On a Friday afternoon we hiked the Ranger Hill Loop clockwise, i.e. Boundary Ridge and Strange Brew to the summit and Ranger Summit trail back down. It would be our first time doing the loop using the new trails in their entirety. No more flogging along Crystal Line and Loggers Loop. [...]

Snowshoe Elkwood Loop & Marsh Loop

Finally got to try out three new official snowshoe trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.: Elkwood Loop, Marsh Loop and the connector to William Watson Lodge. While each is quite short , 3.3 km, 1.9 km and 860 m respectively,  they  can be joined together to make a 6.9 km loop from Elkwood parking lot. [...]

Snowshoeing Guide is here

An attractive looking book with excellent writing and colour photos, some with the routes marked on, and good topo maps at the back of book with routes marked on in red. There is a section at the beginning on equipment, technique, etiquette  and avalanche hazard and an appendix on snowshoeing on the Wapta and Columbia Icefields. Routes are described by highway starting in Waterton National Park and range up through the Rockies to the north edge of Banff National Park.

Snowshoe McLean Hill

A snowshoe up McLean Hill from Hwy. 549. We had been up Ridge trail many times  before, but always as a spring tune-up. This would be our first time on snow and we guessed that the motor bike trail would translate well into a snowshoe trail. It did. The hills are manageable (not a novice trail, though) and the pine forest retains the snow well. Amazingly, the snow was more like mid-winter snow, and very often we were breaking trail through 14 inches of it.

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