Marushka (Shark) Lake Snowshoe

Marushka (Shark) Lake is a short, easy snowshoe trip. I first tried this trip a couple of years ago and it is one I repeat each year — partly because I run out of trips that aren’t in avalanche danger and partly because of the wonderful views of Spray Lake.

View of Spray Lake from old cutblocks

View of Spray Lake from old cutblocks.

At 9 km roundtrip and only a small elevation gain this is a good trip if you are looking for a late start, a short trip or an easy outing. This is not an official trail, so be prepared to use the directions in Kananaskis Country Trail guide, Volume 1 combined with the GemTrek map for Canmore and Kananaskis Village.

This year the snow is deep and already there is a well trodden path into the lake. There are also tracks leading off that could be confusing. The first trail leading off to the left is Tent Ridge, the second trail (old road) to the left ends abruptly after a couple of kilometers.

Once you are in the area of the old cutblocks, take a look around and enjoy the views.  As you near the end of the cutblocks, watch for flagging in the trees; it will take you into a drainage. From here, the winter trail follows the creek to the lake.

Marushka Lake map

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  • Hugh Hancock Feb 4, 2012, 11:04 am

    Hi Tony and Gillean, have not spoken with you in a long time. Hope all is well.
    Very happy to see my webcams on your site.
    Thanks alot.
    Cheers,
    Hugh Hancock
    1 403 493 4844
    canmorealberta.com

  • Ronzoni Mar 20, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Snowshoed to Marushka Lake today (I love that name). In spite of it being a bluebird day, Brewster (my Chesapeake Bay Retriever) and I were the only ones on the trail. Lots of backcountry skiers heading to Tent Ridge. The trail is well-established, with 15 cm of new overnight snow. The East face of Mount Shark is heavily laden with snow, although I didn’t see any avy activity. Highly recommended as an easy yet scenic stroll through Class 1 terrain. Brewster broke trail beside the showshoe trail for other dogs to use.

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