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Mount Warspite [2850m] and Mount Black Prince [2932m] from Warspite Lake.Mount Warspite [2850m] and Mount Black Prince [2932m] from Warspite Lake.It was so cold that day that upon reaching the lake, we took a couple of photos and then promptly turned around and headed back to the car. Although the forecast was for -5°C weather, it never got much warmer than about -20°C.
Warspite Lake Snowshoe 2015
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country
December 30, 2015

After Christmas, we headed down to Canmore to spend some time with family and friends, and spend some quality time in the Rockies. Although the forecast was for warm (-5°) weather, it never got warmer than -10°, and was closer to -20°. As a result, we weren't able to spend as much time outside as we would like, as we were all a bit chilly!

Before the forecast disappointed us numerous times, we headed down the Spray Lakes Road with a plan to snowshoe past Warspite Lake. When we got to the trailhead the temperature was -22° and unfortunately it didn't warm up at all throughout the day. We quickly assembled all our gear and made out way out of the car. Our friend Andrew and his dad Ivan met us at the trailhead. We were snowshoeing and they were skiing.

We started up the trail, which follows an old road for about one kilometre. When the road turns to the left, the trail continues right and makes its way through the forest toward the lake. By the time we reached the lake, we were all chilly, and James, still less than two years old, was cold and annoyed, and couldn't warm up. We quickly took a couple of photos and turned around and hustled back to the car.

The trail is quite easy and well used, and we had previously been up this way and made our way further up the slope on snowshoes a few years previously. We will certainly return, but when the weather is a bit warmer!

Distance: ~4.7km
Cumulative Ascent/Descent: ~200m
Shawn, James, and Jenn in the car getting ready to go snowshoeing.James and Shawn getting ready to go snowshoeing to Warspite Lake.James and Shawn getting ready to go snowshoeing to Warspite Lake.James, Shawn, and Andrew getting ready to go snowshoeing to Warspite Lake.The trailhead for the Black Prince Cirque/Warspite Lake Trail.The start of the Warspite Lake Trail.Jenn snowshoeing and Andrew skiing up the Warspite Lake Trail.Jenn snowshoeing along the old road toward Warspite Lake.Jenn snowshoeing on the Warspite Lake Trail.Jenn snowshoeing on the Warspite Lake Trail.Andrew and Ivan skiing up the Warspite Lake Trail.Andrew and Ivan skiing up the Warspite Lake Trail.After ascending along an old road, the trail turns right into the trees and descends toward Warspite Lake.Warspite Lake and Mount Black Prince [2932m].Warspite Lake and Mount Black Prince [2932m].A ridge between Mount Warspite (left) and Mount Black Prince (right) from Warspite Lake.Northeastern ridge of Mount Warspite [2850m] from Warspite Lake.Mount Warspite [2850m] and Mount Black Prince [2932m] from Warspite Lake.View into the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Valley from the Warspite Lake trail.View into the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Valley from the Warspite Lake trail.