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Jenn and Bruce on the trail to Burstall LakeJenn and Bruce on the trail to Burstall Lake
Hogarth Lakes Snowshoe
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country
February 19, 2012

The snowshoe trail past Hogarth Lakes is a relatively flat 4 kilometre loop that starts at the Burstall Day Use Area on the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road. The trail can be extended further west toward Burstall Lakes to gain some elevation and provide some more varied scenery. In clearer weather, there might be a couple opportunities for some more scenic views from the trail. Jenn, Shawn, and their Uncle Bruce headed out on a snowy February Saturday for some exercise and to explore the area.

Near the second Hogarth Lake, we took the extension along a drainage that ascends a small gully on the south side of Commonwealth Peak. This drainage gains about a hundred metres before dropping slightly to the north side of the Burstall Lakes. Crossing over Burstall Lakes, the trail meets up with the Burstall Pass trail (an old logging road) that takes you back to the parking lot.

Trip Length: 6.1 km
Cumulative Ascent/Descent: ~150m
Winter Trails around Burstall, Chester, and SawmillStart of the Hogarth Lakes Snowshoe TrailBruce heading out toward Hogarth LakesJenn and Bruce on one of the Hogarth LakesCommonwealth Peak from Hogarth LakesJenn and Bruce on one of the Hogarth LakesBruce on one of the Hogarth LakesShawn on one of the Hogarth LakesBruce and Shawn on one of the Hogarth Lakes. We extended the trip by travelling up the drainage on the right side of the photo.Jenn on one of the Hogarth LakesBruce ascending the drainage toward Burstall LakeBruce and Jenn in the drainage toward Burstall LakeLooking up the drainage from Hogarth Lakes toward Burstall LakeJenn helping Bruce with his snowshoesTrail between Hogarth Lakes and Burstall LakeBruce and Shawn near Burstall LakeBruce and Shawn near Burstall LakeShawn and Bruce on the trail to Burstall LakeShawn and Bruce on the trail to Burstall LakeCommonwealth Peak