Distance 8.6 km return, height gain 300 m, fairly easy
A moderately easy hike through forest and meadows to a jade-coloured lake in the larch belt. By biking to the end of the logging roads, the hiking is reduced to 4.8 km. There is a seasonal closure from May 1 - June 29 to allow the trail to dry out. The closure does not affect the High Rockies Trail.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail) at Chester Lake parking lot.
Difficulty: Well-marked trails throughout. Moderate climb on logging roads, followed by a short steep section on trail, then easy grades to the lake. Creeks are bridged.
The first section of trail from the parking lot was re-routed after the 2013 flood. New Start
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #92
Trailhead: Chester Lake 50.7912N, -115.30062W
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Last updated May 15, 2018