Hogarth Lakes Snowshoeing log
A track of all my snowshoeing trips to the Hogarth Lakes

This is one of a few trips I repeat many times, so all trips are logged here, as many do not need their own full page.

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Distance - 4.5km
Elevation Gain - negligible

The Hogarth Lakes Trail is a short official Kananaskis snowshoe trail in the Smith-Dorrien Valley.
It starts from the Burstall trailhead, crosses the dam along Mud Lake, then makes a loop around the east shore of the lakes, and the forest east of them.
The trail passes through a marshy area in the SE corner, and includes 1 major creek crossing, plus a number of minor ones. There is also one creek on the SW side.
While the small creeks in the marsh freeze over quickly, and the west creek gets an ice bridge early on, the SE creek takes time, and caution is needed in the early season.
The trail along the lakeshores also requires some caution, as the edges can be soft early in the year, and water is sometimes seen between the lakes.
There is always a possible route to stay on-shore along the lakes, but one must make sure to look for it, as the tracks sometimes cross the lake before it is advisable.

The trail is well-signed with the standard orange snowshoe placards. They are plentiful in the marsh area, where the route could be uncertain without tracks.
Once along the main forest trail, they disappear as the route is obvious, showing up anytime there is a junction. The trail along the lakes is again marked.

This is a very popular trail, and while it can include trail-breaking early in the season, later in the year it is often pounded into a wide, flat sidewalk.
This can be a decent place to do some exploring if you have navigation skills, as the area in the middle of the loop is pretty good to wander through, and a couple trails exist.
There is also an old logging road on the west side of the lakes, and loops can be expanded off-trail to include it.

List of Hogarth Lakes Snowshoe Trips

December 22, 2006

My first modern snowshoeing trip. We did the standard loop.
Full trip report

November 13, 2009

Club trip to scout it out again. The creeks were frozen, and we did the standard loop.
I had no camera, and got only crappy cellphone photos.

Group photo at the start

November 21, 2009

Work trip. The creek had softened a lot since last week, and we didn't cross it, instead doing the loop around the west side of the lakes on the road.
I have no photos of this trip.

January 2, 2010

Work trip. Standard loop, snowing like crazy all day.
I have only worthless crappy cellphone photos.

April 7, 2010

Work trip.
I have no photos of this trip.

December 3, 2011

Work trip. We had a bit of sun in the morning, then a cloudy afternoon. Standard loop.

Sun and fresh snow at the start of the loop.

The group treks through the trees.

Snowshoeing along the lake.

Back in the trees for the end.

November 17, 2012

Work trip, standard loop. Were supposed to go to Black Prince, but moved due to bear in area.
Full trip report

December 2, 2012

Work trip, standard loop. Dumping snow all day long.
Full trip report

March 9, 2013

Another work trip, and for a huge change, SUN!
Full trip report

January 18, 2014

A work trip on a bright, sunny day

Playing in the snow at Mud Lake

A trail leads across the lake.

Nick runs on the Hogarth Lakes.

Descending the final hill.

February 2, 2014

A snowy work trip

Low clouds intermittently conceal the peaks.

Lots of snow on the trail and trees.

Snowshoeing across the lakes.

Enjoying the fresh snow.

December 6, 2014

A work trip with steady snow coming down all day.
4.74km, 2:05 moving, 1:36 stopped

Low visibility, but lots of fluffy new snow.

The group tries out the fresh snow.

Breaking fresh trail ahead.

Following the main trail with snow everywhere.

Leith leads the group around the lakes.

The gap between lakes 3 and 2.

January 31, 2015

Another work trip on a lovely sunny day, but where I unfortunately forgot my camera and have only cell phone photos.

A bit of fresh snow on the trails in.

The sun lights up the forest stretch.

A whiskeyjack flies in to steal some lunch.

4 of them swarmed us, but were unsuccessful.

The light glows behind Mount Burstall.

Pretty lighting on the trail back.

February 8, 2015

A work trip on a somewhat dreary day, with some fresh thick, wet snow overnight and through the morning. We did some off-trail exploring on the return.
4.52km, 1:36 moving, 57:08 stopped

Starting out with low visibility.

The creek near the start flows nearly open.

February 14, 2015

A work trip with some fresh thick, wet snow overnight and morethrough the morning. We did some off-trail exploring on the return.
4.95km, 1:45 moving, 1:18 stopped

With warmer weather, the creek is fully ice-free.

Looking up the flowing creek with snow pillows.

The view north with a bit of blue sky.

Hiking back across the creek.

Photos taken by Rachel

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