Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park – Hiking Alberta

 

Hogarth Lakes offer year round, easily-accessible recreation in Kananaskis Country.

 

 

Recent mild weather and an overnight mountain snowfall have made the Smith-Dorrien Trail sloppy as the Toyota struggles north to the Burstall Pass trail-head.  

The Hogarth Lakes snowshoe begins in bright sun combined with a mild breeze.

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael at Mud Lake near the Burstall Pass parking area

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael at the Hogarth Lakes trail-head

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada At the Hogarth Lakes trail-head

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Snowshoeing into Hogarth Lakes on fresh powder

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael on snowshoes at creek side

 

Fresh snow has drifted to obliterate all evidence of trail.  Michael does extremely well on his first snowshoe experience and exceeds realistic expectations.  Off-trail drifts provide the opportunity to learn snowshoe extraction, from deep-drift, post-holing, using horizontally crossed poles.  The scenery is absolutely spectacular.

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Approaching the first of the tiny Hogarth Lakes

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Snowshoeing beside Hogarth Lakes on the loop circuit

 

A brief snowfall begins near the finish so lunch is consumed in the car before heading out for the short hike to Beacon Hill with sleds.  Crazy carpets rocket down the hill.

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael sledding on Beacon Hill

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael achieving rocket speed on Beacon Hill

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael making the trek back to the top of Beacon Hill in fresh powder

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael taking a rest at the bottom of Beacon Hill

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Sun on the mountain over Hogarth Lakes

 

On the 40 km (25 mile) drive north to Canmore, the trip passes from sun through three snow storms.  One of the snow squalls creates high-wind, white-out conditions on the Smith-Dorrien Trail which has basically transitioned into a pot-holed swamp. 

In Whitemans Gap between Ha Ling Peak and the East End of Rundle (EEOR), above Grassi Lakes over Canmore, Alberta, Canada, there is an eyeball-to-eyeball encounter with an impressive herd of mountain sheep.  The sheep have an ambivalent attitude towards getting out of the way so several minutes of very gradual and intermittent progress are required to pass through the herd.  The sheep seem quite interested in checking out the interior of the vehicle so the encounter becomes quite memorable as their noses slide along the side windows exterior.

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Mountain Sheep on the Smith-Dorrien Trail above Grassi Lakes near Canmore

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Easing the car through a large herd of Mountain Sheep near Canmore, Alberta, Canada

 

The return to Calgary on the TransCanada Highway marks the end of a successful first snowshoe experience for grandson Michael who is sacked out in the back seat so it becomes necessary for me drive.  There is an outstanding family dinner prepared and waiting back in Calgary.

 

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada Michael is sacked out after a great day of fresh air and exercise

 

Hogarth Lakes – Michael’s First Snowshoe – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada A wonderful Easter Dinner with family after snowshoeing at Hogarth Lakes

 

 

 

 

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