Chester Lake Rummel Lake and Beyond - Sun, Jul 8 2018

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Chester Lake Rummel Lake and Beyond (7/8/2018)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Kananaskis Country
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jul 8 2018  10:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 7 2018 7:00:00 PM
Event Duration:5 Hours (plus driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Bruce F
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Maximum No. Guests:2
Minimum Group Size:8
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 6 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Return Distance: 10-12km
Elevation Gain: 300-500m

'This 3.9km point-to-point trail follows a winding logging road and then a pleasant single track, bringing you to a tiny lake beneath an imposing rock face.

From the busy trailhead, follow the wide road, staying left at a junction at km 0.2. As the road climbs, the views to the south open up. You get good views of Mount Burstall and Commonwealth Peak, and even periodic views of the French Glacier. Finally, the trail leaves the wide road and heads left into the woods on a narrower trail. At 2.2km you get your first real views towards the unusual summit of Mount Chester. The towering peak has layers tilted almost straight up, making it somewhat resemble Mount Rundle in Banff National Park. After climbing past some wooden cribwork placed to help reduce erosion on the trail, you approach a wide meadow with more great views towards Mount Chester. The elevation is revealed by the presence of alpine larch as you pass a huge snag. Beyond this is a fabulous meadow that in spring explodes in wildflowers, and in fall is rimmed with the golden needles of alpine larches. Across the meadow, Chester Creek drains the meltwater from the lake. '

You reach the lake at km 3.7. Mount Chester towers directly overhead, making it hard to fit the entire scene into a camera frame. From the lake, there are numerous options for off-trail exploration.

Ref: Canmore and Kananaskis Altitude Superguide.

Depending on conditions, we will likely head towards the Elephant Rocks and maybe a little beyond. We will hike at a relaxed pace.

Required Items to Bring:
·Lunch & snacks
·Hiking boots
·Rain Gear
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
· Hiking poles
· Sunscreen
· First-aid kit

How to Get There:
Event Directions:The Chester Lake trail is accessed by driving 20+ kilometers on a well maintained gravel road.

Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto Smith-Dorrien/Spray Road just before the winter gate. Turn north (right) onto the Smith-Dorrien Trail (gravel road). Park at the Chester Lake trailhead. See Peter Lougheed Map.

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 $90.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.30, effective Tuesday, April 16, 2024). 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.

If the forecast calls for rain, the event may be re-scheduled.

Note that COC event coordinators 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.

- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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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.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: