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.