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Shawn and Jenn on the Black Prince Cirque Trail with Warspite Lake belowShawn and Jenn on the Black Prince Cirque Trail with Warspite Lake below
Warspite Lake & Black Prince Cirque Snowshoe
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country
February 18, 2012

This snowshoe trail is an easy outing to Warspite Lake, gaining about 100m over 2km. Past the lake, the trail makes its way up potential avalanche terrain to Black Prince Cirque. The day we went it was cloudy and snowed lightly all day. We turned around about halfway between Warspite Lake and the Cirque becuase the unconsolidated snow and limited visibilty was less than ideal conditions. We'll definately go back when the conditions are better.

The trail starts at the Mount Black Prince Day Use Area near the southern end of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road.

Trip Length: 7.2 km (it's about 10km return if you go all the way to the Cirque)
Cumulative Ascent/Descent: ~400m
Jenn at the Mount Black Prince Day Use AreaJenn at the Mount Black Prince Day Use AreaShawn at the Mount Black Prince Day Use AreaBlack Prince Cirque TrailheadThe Black Prince Cirque Trail, as indicated on the map here, should more aptly be named Warspite Lake Trail.Black Prince Cirque & Warspite Lake TrailheadIce on the Smith-Dorrien CreekThe Black Prince Cirque Trail begins along an old road.Jenn on the Black Prince Cirque TrailJenn on the Black Prince Cirque TrailJenn on the Black Prince Cirque TrailJenn couldn't rest on the bench because it was mostly buried in the snowThe first kilometre steadily gains elevation up to the bench. Between the bench and Warspite Lake the trail rolls but doesn't gain significant elevation.Past the bench the trail veers off the old road and weaves through the forest.Jenn at a boulder field just before Warspite LakeJenn in the boulder field just before Warspite LakeJenn in the boulder field just before Warspite LakeWarspite Lake (1840m) with Mount Black Prince (2932m) in the clouds, far rightWarspite Lake (1840m) with Mount Black Prince (2932m) in the clouds, far rightJenn on the Black Prince Cirque Trail