Archive for the ‘On the trail’ Category

Is it spring yet?

Monday, May 12th, 2008

We’ve had a very snowy spring.

(This is last Friday, May the 9th!)

Hopefully the worst is over, we can stop snowshoeing

… and we can get on to more normal spring activities, like watching the crocuses come up.

Rummel Lake Snowshoeing

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

One of the other good snowshoe trails in the Spray Valley is Rummel Lake. It’s not as official as the Chester, Sawmill, Burstall ones (yet), but it is very pretty and worthwhile. The view from the top of the second logging cutblock is amazing. At least 200 ° of panorama:

Rawson Lake Snowshoeing

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

This may be our last chance to get out to the mountains and do some activity in the snow. Things are melting pretty quickly. (In fact, it was raining when we got to the parking lot.)

We drove down to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, and parked on the far side of Upper Kananaskis Lake, then snowshoed along the lake for 1.2 km, and 2.7 from there up to Rawson Lake.

Some people before us had built a little snowman:

Up at Rawson Lake, it was snowing (much better than rain), and the clouds were really low. But we could see little avalanches coming off the rock wall at the far end of the lake:

On the way out, the light changed and we got some great views across Upper Kananaskis Lake:

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Chester Lake Snowshoeing

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

There has been quite a bit of snow up in the Spray Lakes area. We decided to try the Chester Lake Snowshoe Trail. It was raining on the drive down Highway 40 towards Kananaskis, but it changed to snow as we started to ascend up the Smith-Dorrien road. By the time we got to the Chester Lake parking lot, it was dumping.

Here’s Linda standing in the snowshoe trail. You can see just how much snow there is piled up on either side:

The clouds parted briefly when we got to the lake, and we could see the surrounding mountains:

Another great day in the mountains!

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