Snow Shoe - Frost Heave (Lower Chester) Trail - Beginner.

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION BEFORE SIGNING UP ESPECIALLY THE SECTIONS ON CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

***NOTE: We will be travelling on the Smith Dorrien HWY (HWY 742) which is kept plowed but will be packed snow and possibly slippery.  ALL VEHICLES MUST HAVE EITHER WINTER TIRES OR AWD/4-WHEEL DRIVE FOR THIS EVENT and a shovel and sand.*******

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE REMOVE YOUR NAME FROM THE LIST AT THE LATEST BEFORE 0700 ON THE MORNING OF THE EVENT......IT'S AWFUL WAITING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT GOING TO SHOW.

                           No pets allowed.

Anyone who has gone on previous beginner snow shoe trips this year should be able to do this one but there is a little more elevation.....Remember we go at a slow pace with lots of stops to take photos, make snow angels, etc. etc.

This will be a full day out, we expect to be back in Calgary before 5 pm.  Time on the trail will be between 3-4 hours and the drive takes at least 1.5 hours each way.

 Please NOTE that your organizer has not done this trail before BUT it is a groomed and signed trail within the Parks.  AND we're basically doing a loop.

Driving Directions to the trailhead (PREFER everyone meet at the Barrier Lake Info Centre incase we have to change where we will be going.) We hope to be at the trailhead by approximately 10:30 am.  it normally takes the group about 10 minutes to get their gear on.

From Hwy 1, take the Hwy 40 exit and head south for about 50 km. Turn right (west) onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Drive 2.2 km down this road and turn right (south) onto the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (also known as Hwy 742), and drive to parking area for Chester Lake..... on the right hand side of the road past Sawmill. 

DISTANCE for HIKE: The Frost Heave trail is 4.8 kms round trip but it is planned that we go 1.2km further to the Mt. Murray viewpoint.  Total is 7.1 kms round trip. 

ELEVATIONThe elevation gain is approx. 177 meters or 580 ft. There will be a little more elevation than previous trips such as Lower Kananaskis Trail, Penstock Loop and Troll Falls.

CARPOOLS

Please indicate when you sign up if you are able to offer a ride.

If you need a ride please contact the people who offer rides by clicking on their photo and sending them an e-mail.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

Lunch

Water  - 2 litres or more if required

Flask with a hot drink/soup

Granola bars or trail mix

Small first aid kit

snow shoe repair kit if you have one (duct tape can come in handy)

A large piece of plastic or something to sit on during lunch

CLOTHING

Large heavy coats will be too hot. It is suggested you dress in layers and do not wear COTTON this includes jeans. Make sure you have room in your pack to store your jacket in case you need to take it off if you get too hot. Note that when we stop for lunch you will cool down, so you may want to have a spare top in your backpack to pop on while we eat.  Extra dry mitts are a great idea too.   (An idea is to leave another change of clothes in the car so to have something dry to drive home in).

Please check out the pages tab for more information on what to bring when going into the mountains in the winter:  http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Nature-Lovers-Hiking-Meetup/about/

ALL WINTER TRIPS ARE DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS SO THE MORNING OF THE TRIP PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE TRIP ISN'T CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

This is a snow shoe trip in the mountains/wilderness. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that:

you are fully aware of the risks associated with hiking/snow shoeing/skiing in the mountains/wilderness.

you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being.

you are fully prepared with proper gear, food and water, and you are physically fit to do this trip with the group.

you will not hold me or the organizers of this meetup group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation.

Having said that, we will collectively do our best to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip.

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  • Darryl

    Magnificent scenery and a great group. Thanks Lynne.

    December 23, 2013

  • Tee

    great

    December 23, 2013

  • Will

    Thanks Lynne for organizing another great meetup!

    December 22, 2013

  • Lynne C

    Well we zigged when we should have zagged and ended up doing the Chester Lake Trail.... same distance but the start of the hike was quite a bit up hill.... elevation rise was 285 m compared to 177 m for Frost Heave.... but everyone ventured forth with lots of stops to admire the GORGEOUS Scenery and catch their breath. It couldn't have been any more beautiful. Thanks to those that turned out... NO ONE regretted where we went. Photos to follow.
    Congrats you Beginners..... you did an Intermediate hike with flying colours !!!

    December 22, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    Have to cancel due to no ride. :(

    December 21, 2013

  • Lynne C

    Can offer a ride for 3 people meeting at Shouldice Athletic park. EMAIL me if you are looking for a ride.

    December 17, 2013

    • Lynne C

      Have sent you an email with details

      December 18, 2013

    • Lynne C

      I'm full unless someone cancels.

      December 21, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    I need a ride. I live near U of C, prefer to meet at any NW C-train.

    December 20, 2013

  • Lynne C

    Typically Kananaskis is a few degrees WARMER than Calgary... WeatherNetwork says Sunday -3... slight snow, partly sunny... A GREAT day to snowshoe

    December 19, 2013

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