Chester–Sawmill Trails re-signed

Here is a new map of the trails in the Chester-Sawmill area. The trails between Chester and Sawmill, shown in purple, have been signed, and although they are marked as snowshoe trails they can still be used by skiers, though they will not be groomed. The signing was done by James Cieslak who grooms the xc-ski trails in PLPP and 4 volunteers — so a big thanks to them! Click on the map for a larger version.

Chester–Sawmill Map

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  • Wayne Kubasek Feb 17, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the quick response. Our group is probably not up to that challenge.

  • Tony Daffern Feb 16, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Hello Wayne,
    Check out this post http://kananaskisblog.com/north-kent-outlier/2009/ You can also enter North Kent in the search box. This will bring up “Snowshoe & Scramble up North Kent outlier”

  • Wayne Kubasek Feb 16, 2012, 4:14 pm

    Tony,

    I am part of a weekly small snowshoeing ‘seniors’ group that snowshoes in the Smith-Dorrien area a fair bit. We were out there yesterday doing the Sawmill loop and part of the new extension towards James Walker, and are puzzled by a “trail” that branches off at the Sawmill end of the 2.7 km Sawmill loop that tends to go straight up (east) the draw 200-300 metres due east from the Sawmill parking lot (not the one that goes SE to Sawmill Burn. We have seen snowshoe tracks going up that draw but have yet to investigate it or how far it goes up the draw. There is no apparent name for any trail that goes up that draw. Are you aware of it, and/or know anything about it? Thanks in advance.

  • Alf Skrastins Jan 16, 2012, 9:11 pm

    Yes, the Sawmill Day Use Area is fully plowed out and the toilet facilities are open. The trails are signed and there is lots of snow!

  • thepassionatehiker Jan 16, 2012, 8:15 pm

    Very helpful maps thanks. I haven’t been up there yet this winter but in previous years the Sawmill area wasn’t ploughed and you had to park along the Smith Dorrien Highway. Do you know if Sawmill is ploughed for parking this year? Many thanks. These trails are fun for cross-country skiing.

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