What Is It Like? 3.9 km loop, 30M(98ft) Elevation Gain
Hogarth Lakes snowshoe, in Kananaskis Country, is another very easy, family friendly snowshoe. As a matter of fact, this popular, well-traveled trail gets so hard packed, that you really don’t need snowshoes, that is unless you want to play in all the deep snow off-trail…and who doesn’t want to do that?
This flat trail follows a series of three frozen lakes, with some spectacular, 360-degree mountain views of the surrounding mountains.
This snowshoe trail is ideal for “never evers” – those that have never put on a pair of snowshoes and “little feet” – young children.
The series of pictures in this post were taken on January 1, 2016. My oldest son, husband and I went for a New Years Day snowshoe: it was a great way to start 2016. In addition, doing outdoor activities is one way that makes it “okay” for my teenage son to be “hanging out with mom”….even if he won’t fully admit it. I have always found that being in nature and on the trails with my boys, provides them a more relaxed opportunity to walk and talk about anything that might be on their mind.
We stopped for lunch in the warmth of the sun.
We were quickly greeted by Canada’s National Bird, the Whiskey Jack or Gray Jay. This particular Gray Jay had obviously learned that us funny looking animals, with big man- made feet, generally shared their lunch with him. Fortunately for this Whiskey Jack, we don’t share our lunch with any wild animal, regardless of how cute or persistent they are.
Our food isn’t healthy or natural for any wild animal, and feeding them habituates them: they associate us with food handouts, which can create aggressive and dangerous behaviors towards humans. This type of behavior can ultimately result in the death of the animal. In the case of the Whiskey Jack, feeding them is more likely to upset their stomach, as I have yet to encounter a dangerous Whiskey Jack on the trail.
On this particular trip, there was a quinzee that had been built at the trailhead. My teenage son quickly lost all of his “teenage coolness” and he thoroughly enjoyed climbing up, over and into this quinzee.
All snowshoe abilities.
If you have my book, you know that I have rate hikes based on a child’s walking ability, not on an adult’s walking ability.
Daylight hours. As with all winter sports, it is always advisable to do them during the day.
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From Canmore, take the Smith Dorien Road (742) to the Burstall Pass Parking lot.
From Calgary, take Highway 1 West, exit at 118, and continue on Highway 40 to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. You will connect to the Smith Dorrien road and to the Burstall Pass Parking lot.
Happy Snowshoeing and Happy Hiking!