Elephant Rocks/Chester Lake - Intermediate Snowshoe

  • Dec 21, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Distance: 11 km.......Elevation: 340 m.......Duration: 5 hours + driving 


Breathe a breath of clear mountain air and sit back and enjoy the wonders of creation. You will deserve it after the slow and steady ascent and knowing that the shopping is all done!








The Basics:

Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM Shouldice Arena - RED Dodge Caravan

Difficulty Rating: T2 Trail Rating System

Itinerary & Description:
Slow and steady all the way.
Hike up to the Elephant Rocks and have lunch or continue on to Chester Lake for lunch.

Last years fun...

What to bring: 2 liters of water plus snacks and lunch...hiking boots or winter boots...snowshoe and poles...appropriate clothing (BE PREPARED for sun, snow, wind)...First Aid Kit

More info on equipment: Getting ready for snowshoeing

Event Directions: Take Hwy 1 west out of Cow Town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail just before the winter gate. Turn north onto the Smith-Dorrien Trail (gravel road) and go about 20-30km. Park at the Chester Lake trail head (past Sawmill). 

WAIVERS: Your written consent is required for attending this event. You will be asked to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact. Please read the Waiver by clicking HERE. I will bring the group waiver form to the Calgary Meetup location.

Your Hosts are volunteers and not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, your current physical condition, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip and you are responsible for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.

Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning. Your participation is at the discretion of your Event Host

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all. What a beautiful day we had for a snowshoe. It was a pleasure to meet everyone. Thanks for the photos Scruffy.

    December 23, 2013

  • Tobi


    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Paul

    December 21st is my mostest favoritest time of the year! Because starting on the 22nd aka "today" the daylight begins to return and I for one made good use of the additional 3 seconds that this day afforded.
    Nevertheless the Wolf Pack took full advantage of the last vestiges of the shortest day to squeeze out one of the best snow days on snowshoes.
    We wandered, walked and wondered through the fresh snow, into the blue sky and up to the Elephant Rocks for lunch and then found the deepest snow to track down to Chester Lake.
    Enroute back there is no way that we were gonna follow the regular route ... the Pack always follows the road less travelled. Though Nancy wasn't with us we were definitely in 'Nancy deep snow' ... and loving it all the way down.
    You have all blessed me so much and I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year... "May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and the road downhill all the way to your door!"

    December 22, 2013

  • Barb

    This was one of those most amazing days.... this hike has mystical qualities. There is nothing like the deep fresh snow, bright blue sky, and a group of kindred spirits to share the beauty of creation with. Thank you everyone for a day to remember. Peace and Joy to you all over this Christmas season....

    December 21, 2013

  • Raymond H

    Laura will head to the trail head directly between[masked]

    December 21, 2013

  • Raymond H

    According to the current weather forecast the temperature will be at high -6 and low -14. We will continue to monitor the weather and road condition and keep you posted.
    I drive a truck and can take up to 3 passenger at petrocan. Let me know if you would like to meet up there at 8:15am.

    December 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Raymond, I would like to ride with you if there is a spot. Thanks, Laura

      December 20, 2013

    • Raymond H


      December 20, 2013

  • Paul

    Winter Safety Considerations

    Entered by Paul on December 19, 2013 Terrain Classification: This trip is in Simple (Class 1) Terrain and up to the Elephant Rocks is considered to be in no avalanche danger
    Conditions: This event is exempted from avalanche planning because it is on Official Snowshoe Trails
    Plan: Event Host will check with the Peter Lougheed Info Centre for the latest trail conditions prior to the event

    Note that Slow and Steady Event Hosts are volunteers and are not trained guides. All participants are responsible for assessing the current road conditions, current weather conditions, current trail conditions and current avalanche conditions for the trip.

    3 · December 19, 2013

  • Gerald

    I was hoping the avi condidtions would be a bit nicer, I think ill pass on this one! Have fun!

    December 19, 2013

  • Paul

    Elephant Rocks and Chester Lake - Intermediate Snowshoe
    Kananaskis - December 21, 2013 Update you RSVP if you are not attending - sooner rather than later.

    Meet Up location - Shouldice at 8:00 AM...
    * sign the Waiver,
    * review gear
    * arrange carpooling.
    If you are driving you need winter tires, please have vehicle fueled and ready to roll.
    If you are a passenger please arrange your ride with the drivers at Shouldice. See "Getting Ready for Snowshoeing" link in the Event Posting.

    If you have questions...ask now, not at the carpool.

    Paul (Šung'manitu-Išna)

    December 19, 2013

10 went

  • Paul
    Platinum Member Šung'manitu-tanka, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Duffy P.
    Premier Member, Co-Organizer
  • Katalina D.
    Premier Member
  • Olga
    Gold Member
  • Sidney
    狼 láng (Wolf) - Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Tobi
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • Shellie
    Platinum Member WOLF, Co-Organizer
  • Barb
    Gold Member, AST 1 ,
  • A former member

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