Intro to Scrambling - Mount Chester

Mount Chester is one of the more common scrambling objectives in Kananaskis Provincial Park due in part to Chester Lake being one of the more popular day hike destinations.   Mount Chester was named after a WW I battleship which is common for peaks in this section of Kananaskis.   It is an easy scramble by Canadian Rocky standards and very fun.

We can also may a short side trip to elephant rocks and will pass by Chester lake.


Rating: Moderate Scramble

Distance: 13.2 km
Elevation gain: 1097 m
Time: 5-7 hrs


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Weather forecast:

Trail conditions: TBD



  • Hiking boots
  • Headlamp
  • Hiking poles
  • Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, toque, gloves)
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen


Gear can be rented at MEC and UofC Outdoor Center.


We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.

From the Canmore Nordic Center, drive 40kms+/- south on the Spray Lakes/Smith Dorrien Road (gravel).  Turn left at a sign for the Chester Lake day use parking lot.  There are restrooms at the Chester Lake day use parking lot.



You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.

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  • Petr T.

    Thanks for nice trip. Peter, please, can you send me picture from the summit: [masked] ... Thanks


    July 21, 2013

  • Derek O.

    I've never been scrambling before and would love to try, but I won't know if I'm free Saturday for a couple days.

    July 16, 2013

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