Chester Lake is a popular multi-use trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, which is part of the Kananaskis Country system of parks. The trailhead is located along the Smith Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road, approximately 145km southwest of Calgary. The Chester Lake Trail is 9.2km round-trip with 300 metres gained in elevation, most of which occurs at the beginning.
As previously mentioned this is a very popular trail and this day was no exception. The parking lot was almost full when we arrived and we continuously passed by other hikers throughout the day. It's easy to see why this trail is so popular. It offers incredible mountain views with a very picturesque lake and the effort required to reach them is quite minimal. Even though the trail was busy and the threat of rain was always present, the fantastic scenery and wonderful company more than made up for it.
|Mount Galatea as viewed from the trail|
|Mount Chester with a light dusting of snow|
|Tough to beat this scenery!|
|The clear water of Chester Lake|
|The lake sits below Mount Chester|
|There was a small waterfall at the far end of the lake|
|Reflections on the lake|
|The calf suckling from its mom|