Chester Lake

I intended to visit Chester Lake back in 2009, but a bear forced a reconsideration of the objective, and I ended up climbing The Fortress instead. I decided to make another attempt now that the bears are sleeping. This was my first time snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies, and it was hard to believe that snowshoes would be necessary when I packed up in Canmore. There was nothing more than a light dusting of snow on the local peaks, however conditions became considerably more wintery as I made my way south on the Smith-Dorrien Road. By the time I arrived at the Chester day use area, there was a surprising amount of snow on the ground. The walk in to Chester Lake was a pleasant romp, and I decided to continue a short way up the Three Lakes Valley. Breaking trail beyond Chester Lake was strenuous, and I was just up for a light leg stretcher, but the scenery was inspiring!

Be sure to follow the appropriate trail to Chester Lake from the parking lot as there are dedicated trails for snowshoers and for skiers
Snowshoes came in handy right from the parking lot!
Spectral mountains emerge from the snowstorm
Crossing the Chester Lake outlet to explore the south side of the lake
One of the so-called Elephant Rocks, covered in snow
Gusty Peak and the upper portion of Three Lakes Valley
Arriving back at Chester Lake after breaking trail and taking lunch
The lower flanks of Mount Chester look formidable in these conditions
Looking across frozen Chester Lake with The Fortress in the distance
Commonwealth Peak looms on the other side of the Smith-Dorrien Road
The ceiling begins to rise on the way out, providing stunning views of Gusty Peak
One last view before dipping beneath treeline. Gusty Peak on the right, Mount Galatea on the left

2 thoughts on “Chester Lake

  1. I love the black and white effect of the photos, (although i think you were shooting in colour?) Nice to see that much snow too. Winter is here , yeah!!!

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