Chester Lake & Elephant Rocks - Intermediate

This trip is not suitable for first time beginners.

This trail is always a great snowshoe and lots of exercise. Shortly into the  trail we start the first ascent, as we go up we can look back at views of Burstall Pass, this ascent ends in the first meadow which is a great place to catch our breath. Leaving the meadow we head into the trees to start the second more gentle ascent to the next meadow and eventually Chester Lake.  We will follow along the lake until we come to the trail that heads up to Elephant Rocks where we will stop for lunch and enjoy the view.  The distance is 10km and 300m. This is an ADULTS only trip and NO PETS please.

You will need a lunch and something like energy bars or trail mix for snacks. A small thermos with a hot drink for lunch is nice but optional. Large heavy coats will be too hot for climbing hills and overheating causes energy loss. I suggest you dress in layers and NO COTTON no BLUE JEANS. Make sure you have room in your pack to store your coat if you need to take it off for awhile because you are overheating and remember to bring an extra pair of warm dry mitts to put on after lunch. We will snowshoe at a leisurely pace with little stops to catch our breath so everyone enjoys the day and so we can admire the view and take pictures.

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 CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS. We will meet at Shouldice Arena Parking lot at the corner by 16th Ave, there will be a carpooling fee of $18 per person paid to your driver, please have correct change. For those who can take a car and some passengers please indicate as a comment when you RSVP. This will be a full day trip with us arriving back at Shouldice late afternoon. We will leave within 5 minutes of the posted meeting time, please come 10 minutes early. If you have a problem and need to let me know you are on your way my phone is[masked], if texting please put your name in the text.

By registering for this hike, you signify that you're aware of the risks associated with nature hiking and are aware of your physical limits and how they relate to this particular event. You also signify that you take full responsibility for your safety (although we’ll all do our best to ensure that everyone returns safe and sound) and don’t hold the organizer of the hike or the organizers of this group responsible for any harm that might occur as a result of your participation.

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  • Gregg

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    March 9, 2014

  • Bunny

    Another great day in the mountains! I am so impressed by the elephant rocks! Thanks to Sharon for organizing and also for driving。

    March 9, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    It was a great day and a great group! Thanks everyone for making it a fun event.

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Sandi S

    It was nice to get outside after such a long run inside. And what a great day, hey? It gave me hope of spring! What a great day, what a great group. Thanks Sharon!

    March 9, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    Remember to set your clocks an hour ahead tonight for Daylight Saving time!

    March 8, 2014

  • Ruth F.

    I am so sorry to have to cancel again... Just got back from Toronto on vacation and my mother is back in the hospital due to her hip... Need to be with her this weekend... Enjoy the fabulous day in the mountains... So sad to miss again...

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family coming into town. ... have to back out. :(

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am on the wait list.. but can drive 3 people.

    March 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am having a bit of anxiety. I have only snowshoed a couple times... and never in the mountains. I am borrowing snow shoes from a friend. That beign said, I am pretty fit. How do you classify a beginner?

      March 6, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      Angela, if you are pretty fit and you know the basics of snowshoeing you should be ok, there are a few pretty good uphill climbs on the trail but we take lots of breaks to catch our breath. So I guess ask yourself... can I snowshoe 10km with an elevation gain of 300m in the first half of the trail. My guess is you can and you will sleep really good Sunday night..lol

      1 · March 6, 2014

  • Sharon M.

    Hi, I need to know who can drive and take 3 passengers. I could open up a few more spots if I have some drivers

    March 3, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      Karen, I snowshoed this trail about a week and a half ago and it is quite packed but I wouldn't have wanted to do it in micro spikes. There is a snowfall warning for Kananaskis tonight and tomorrow and if the temperatures get up in the teens on the weekend the snow could become rotten and you could break thru without snowshoes. If you want to try it in micro spikes you would need to strap your snowshoes to your pack in case you need them.

      March 5, 2014

    • karen w.

      Thanks Sharon I will bring both.

      March 5, 2014

  • Gregg

    I would be willing to drive, if needed. Would a Honda Fit with snow tires be good enough?

    March 4, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      Thanks, the roads have been good so you should be ok so we will see how many drivers we have Sunday, thanks again!

      March 4, 2014

  • Steve

    I can drive and take three people.

    June, I can meet you at the 45 Street train station at 7:50AM if you want. Let me know what you have decided.

    March 3, 2014

    • Sharon M.

      Great!

      March 3, 2014

    • June

      Hi, Steve: somebody will give me a ride in the south so I do not need to take Ctrain that far anymore. Thank you very much, see you there.

      March 4, 2014

  • Terry D.

    Just found out I have to work on Sunday.

    March 4, 2014

  • June

    I need a ride at any ctrain station, thanks!

    March 3, 2014

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