What Is It Like? 3.9 km. loop, 30 m. (98 ft. ) Elevation Gain
Hogarth Lakes snowshoeing in Kananaskis Country is a fun, easy, family friendly outdoor adventure. As a matter of fact this popular, well-traveled trail gets so hard packed, that you really don’t need snowshoes. Take them with you though so that you can 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 along the way. This snowshoe adventure is one of the easiest beautiful outings in Kananaskis Country.
This 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 some years ago. Three years ago to be precise. Where does time go?. 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 relaxed opportunity to walk and talk about anything that might be on their mind.
We stopped for lunch in the warmth of the sun.
Right off the bat 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 share lunch with him. Fortunately for this Whiskey Jack, our family doesn’t share lunch with any wild animal. We never do, and neither should you, regardless of how cute or persistent they are.
Our food isn’t healthy or natural for any wild animal. Also, feeding them habituates them: they associate us with food handouts. This can create aggressive and dangerous behaviors towards humans which can ultimately result in the animal’s death. In the case of a Whiskey Jack, feeding them is more likely to upset their stomach. I have yet to encounter a dangerous Whiskey Jack on the trail.
During this family adventure we came across 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.
We had a blast, an active adventure outdoors and some quality time together away from electronics and distractions.
Time outdoors is precious and necessary even in winter. Snowshoeing is a great alternative to skiing and cross-country skiing.
Anyone. Really. All snowshoe abilities.
If you have my book, you know that I have rated 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. Start early. We have limited daylight hours available during any given winter 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!