Distance 8.4 km return, height gain 198 m, moderate
A body of water formerly called Jeanette, then Lost and now, officially, Commonwealth â€” a pretentious name for a small green gem â€” frozen over and shady in winter.
Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail). Turn west onto Mt. Shark Road. In 1 km turn left onto a side road and park a little way in.
There is also a shortcut route. See blog
Easy going, but you need to pay attention to routefinding. See map
Note: You can carry on up the valley for another 1.2 km into larch meadows below avalanche slopes falling off Commonwealth Ridge. Take care, especially if avalanche danger is Considerable or High.
A more strenuous alternative to the upper valley is the north ridge of Commonwealth Ridge. Leave the trail at the high point before the lake and flog up 244 m (800 ft.) or so of forest to treeline.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is in Andrew Nugara's Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies
Trail start: Tryst-Commonwealth 50.83908N, -115.35105W
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Last updated Sep 18, 2017