This was the first time we’ve snowshoed to Rummel Lake: usually we’re on skis. So it was interesting to note that the snowshoers had packed down a really good trail and are obviously the dominant users nowadays. On our trip on a Tuesday we counted 37 snowshoers, 11 skiers and 4 dogs! Both in and out we played leapfrog with the Calgary Meet-up group that Tony blogged about in the previous entry. (See their pictures).
So what is the trail like for snowshoing? Overall, I would say moderately easy. In comparison with the neighboring Chester Lake Snowshoe Trail, you can expect a little more height gain and a little more distance (10.2 km return). But no relentlessly steep uphill plod that makes some Chester Lake snowshoers decide to take to the ski trail. So the more gradual height gain is a definite plus.
After the logging road beginning, the trail winds up through two cutblocks. As expected, the passage between the cutblocks is narrowing as the trees mature and could cause problems in the future if not brushed out. It’s on the treed ridge above Rummel Creek where you encounter short steep dips. But, hey, today’s crampon-like snowshoes can handle them easily. At Rummel Creek the summer and winter routes diverge. Winter users cross the bridge over Rummel Creek and plod through forest —very beautiful when we were there with lots of snow on the trees—following yellow markers to the cool shady lake shore. Didn’t notice a side trail leading to the biffy. (This is the only destination in K Country’s provincial parks where you can winter camp.)
The return is very enjoyable, with a choice of fun shortcuts in the cutblocks to slide down.