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[b][url= http://files.meetup.com/1575023/Difficulty%20Ratings.pdf]Difficulty Rating (clickable): D3-4[/url]
Distance: +14 kms (roundtrip)
Roundtrip Time: 10 - 11 hours est. (Only an estimate. Don’t make plans that depend on it. It’s the mountains.)
Driving Time: 4 hours
On Trail time: 6+ hours (my guess)
Elevation gain: 457 m (Calgary Tower is 191m high)
Leaving Calgary, we head to the Chester Lake Parking lot down the Smith-Dorrien Highway. This is where the trail begins. According to the trail guides this is a beautiful trail that has "blue lakes, waterfalls, meadows and a karst pavement". We will travel along ski trails and logging roads to the valley. Thus the trip should not be too strenuous. Afterwards we will follow a well used, but sometimes steep, trail to the Upper Lake. If time permits, and the group is up for it, we may go beyond the Upper Lake to the Fortress.