Distance 14.6 km return, height gain 457 m, moderate
A valley containing all the finest components of mountain scenery: climax forest, blue lakes, waterfalls, meadows, and karst pavement. By biking the logging road section you cut the hiking down to 6.7 km.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail) at Chester Lake parking lot.
Difficulty: Trail varies from good, logging roads to a fair trail that is rough in places with scree underfoot. Grades also vary between easy to steep. The one creek crossing is bridged.
Note: There is a new bridge, upstream of the old one, where "Snowdrift" snowshoe trail crosses Headwall Creek
The route up to the Headwall/Chester col is the same, but dropping down the other side (toward Chester Lake) is more difficult to descend as much of the loose scree that used to help make the descent manageable has been washed away.
  • Upper Headwall Lake. Photo: Alf Skrastins

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #94

Trailhead: Chester Lake 50.7912N, -115.30062W

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Last updated Sep 27, 2016