Great snowshoe up to Rummel Lake, about 400m of elevation gain. A really nice, varied trail, crossing some lightly treed hill tops, winding through the Black Forest (I just made up that designation but it is fitting), across a couple minor streams (bridged), over a hill and down into a scenic lake.
We were up on a very snowy day so I can't swear to the scenicity, but I felt good vibes. I am also told there are many scenic views of the Spray valley and of Spray Lake.
The snow was really nice, but take a step 1/2 meter off of the trail and you're up to your 'nads in snow, even wearing the big, baddest, Atlas 1030 Snowshoes. This meant lotsa frolicking on the way down (and a couple great fluffy face plants).
Investigate Mount Engadine Lodge for accommodations or noshments, you won't be sorry.
NOTE: After adding the trail, I just looked at the map data in the Google Maps preview and notice we walked through some obvious cut blocks. I say obvious only because I can see the aerial view. Walking through them on the ground (in the winter) I thought it was just not a lot of trees. What I'm trying to say is don't let the satellite pictures scare you.
Travel along The Spray Lakes Road (SLR), either North from Peter Lougheed Provincial Park or South past the Canmore Nordic Center. The trailhead is on the East side of the road directly across from the Mount Shark road. You can park on the side of SLR or on the Mt. Shark road.
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Posted By: Baby Thor
- Sun Mar 25 02:38:28 UTC 2018
UpsideLots of deep snow, end of March ('18). Lots of side trails, so meander and go nuts, you wont get lost. CommentFun, beautiful, and not boring. Took 4 hours round trip, with my fast pace but also meandering and short cuts and long cuts. I walked out on the lake, which was probably dangerous but neat.
Posted By: drunknsnoshu
- Fri Jan 02 01:23:26 UTC 2015
UpsideA few nice views on the lower slopes, mountains at the lake are scenic, easy to follow route, nice forest. DownsideA bit busy, no good views along the latter 2/3 of the route. CommentDid this on New Year's Day, weather was great and the snow was excellent. Good distance for a casual out and back if you leave early enough, round trip was about 4 1/2 hours. The Kananaskis Range and The Tower provide a spectacular backdrop to the lake. About 2.0 km from the start there is a stellar vantage point of the valley, from Mt. Murray and Birdwood all the way up to Goatview, Rundle and Three Sisters. I would definitely recommend this route as a must for snowshoers.
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Mon Jan 06 15:52:31 UTC 2014
UpsideAccessible, easy, superb views on the way up of Tent Ridge, the reservoir... DownsideAbout 2 km "flat" in the forest to the lake after hiking the slope, a little boring. Views at the lake in winter are not as impressive as on the way up. CommentFirst time there, I will definitely go back there for a scramble this summer on a peak around the lake. As an easy hike with great views, it's really enjoyable and we met many backcountry skiers for those who could be interested! Elevation NET 381 m, Tot 440 m, max 2216 m. we did it in 2h30 at a good and steady pace.
Posted By: nashorn
- Sun Feb 07 03:14:34 UTC 2010
UpsideJust finished a great snowshoe up to Rummel Lake. Amazing day - the snow was great and the weather was phenominal. Good mixture of packed trails and fresh powder to play in. DownsideThe trail was pretty busy...lots of back country skiers so we spent a good portion of the way up waiting our turn on the trails. CommentThe day was topped off with dinner at Mount Engadine lodge...unbelievable food - and first class service. Absolutely a must stop after a great day on the mountain.