Chester Lake - Steady Pace (slow to moderate) - Sat, Aug 31 2013

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Chester Lake - Steady Pace (slow to moderate) (8/31/2013)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 31 2013  11:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 30 2013 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:approx. 4 hours plus travel time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Laura L
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 10 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 12km
Elevation Gain: 400m

Mick is the coordinator on this hike and Laura is helping with the calendar posting

This popular trail leads up through forest to lovely Chester Lake, one of the most rewarding destinations in the area - a place where wildflower-studded meadows meet rugged slopes at treeline. The grade is steady uphill, and the first 2.7 km on old logging roads are open to cyclists. Be prepared for plenty of company on this trail on weekends.

From the trail sign map beside the washrooms at the northeast corner end of the parking lot, follow the wide gravel path as it climbs moderately. Keeping left at the two signed junctions will bring you to the end of the bike trail.

Here the road reverts to a hiking trail, and there is more climbing toward the lake basin. About an hour from the trailhead, the grade finally eases, and spruce forest gives way to larch trees and hummocky meadows. Soon Chester Lake is in view, backdropped by the tilted rocky layers on Mt. Chester.

After Chester Lake, we will proceed up to the Elephant Rocks.

Reference: Gem Trek Map Guides #7 - Kananaskis Lakes

Please note, this is Not a slow poke hike. Need for speed hikers will have to slow down. We will be hiking as a group and will be going at a steady pace.

This trail did suffer some flood damage which we may need to navigate around.

Required Items to Bring:
-Proper hiking footwear (no runners)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
-Hiking poles
-Hat, bug spray, sunscreen
bear spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From Hwy 1, drive 50 km south on Hwy 40, turn right (west) onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail and right again (south) after 2.2 km onto the gravel Smith Dorrien/Spray Trail (Hwy 742). Continue 18 km to Chester Lake parking lot.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Km
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $96.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Wednesday, December 1, 2021). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


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Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

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