Distance 6.0 km loop, height gain 260 m, fairly easy
Best done as a snowshoe trip on a sunny day where you can take advantage of the somewhat limited view across the Smith-Dorrien Valley toward Mount Murray. See sketch map
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail) at Chester Lake parking lot.
Difficulty: Easy going on good, well-marked trails if you return via Snowdrift trail. A new trail, Sinter, south of Snowdrift is more difficult and harder to follow in new snow. Best done anticlockwise for an easier climb and steeper descent.
Do not use Sinter for summer hiking as it is wet and boggy.
Note: The new section of trail referred to above was cleared by Friends of Kananaskis Country fall 2019. We snowshoed it in early December when there was a reported 35 cm of snow. It was just enough, but will be better with 50+ cm. There is an option at the west end of the fen to cut across to the High Rockies trail and return to the parking lot that way.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is in Andrew Nugara's Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing
Trailhead: Chester Lake 50.7912N, -115.30062W
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Last updated Dec 5, 2019