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 [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
A loop for winter walkers and snowshoers from West Bragg parking that takes in parts of Braggin’ Rights, Reconnect and Long Distance trails.
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.
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.
Warspite Lake is a great short snowshoe trip (just over 4 km return to the lake) in warm spring conditions or for a quick in and out trip on a short, cold day in December or January. There is no avalanche danger if you don’t venture beyond the lake.
A description of North Baldy trails on snowshoe, specifically Old Mill Road and the Kananaskis Integrated Forestry Interpretive trail which enables you to make a loop. Describes snow conditions in mid March .
A brief description of Kananaskis Village snowshoe trail. There is the option of continuing on Terrace trail. An update on the grocery and deli at the Village Centre.
Snowshoeing two interpretive trails off Hwy. 68 in the Jumpingpound area of Kananaskis Country. Moose Creek Loop and Pine Woods Loop can be amalgamated to make a good half-day trip.