Rummel Lake Snowshoe
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Kananaskis Country
January 15, 2012
This trail is moderate snowshoe trail to Rummel Lake. Although it's a fairly well-used trail, there's no formal parking lot or trailhead. Most people park on the side of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Lakes Road at the Mount Shark turnoff, just south of Spray Lakes. The trail makes a few large switchbacks while steadily gaining elevation through some old forestry cutblocks. If the weather is clear, there are some great views across the valley toward Tent Ridge, Mount Fortune, and the south portion of Spray Lakes. About halfway up the trail goes into the forest and views are limited until you reach Rummel Lake.
The day we went the weather started off okay, with the temperature around -10C. However, as the day went on the temperature slowly dropped down to -20C, which made the trip a bit more challenging than we would have liked.
There are also options to extend this trip by snowshoeing up 'Rummel Ridge' (to the north of Rummel Lake), or to Rummel Pass (to the east). Due to the chilling temperatures, we decided to have a quick snack at Rummel Lake before turning around and making our way back to the car.
Trip Length: ~10km
Cumulative Ascent/Descent: ~625m