Kananaskis Country

Spray Valley Trail Report

Updated: December 12, 2018

Updated: December 12, 2018 | Print Report

The condition of snowshoe trails depends largely on the season and prevailing weather patterns. As the season progresses, the snow becomes older and becomes more packed down which in turn will hold the weight of snowshoers. If fresh snow falls, visitors should expect soft snow on trails, which will pack out and become more supportive. Currently, south of Buller Day Use Area has significantly more snow and therefore better for snowshoeing than the North portion of the Smith-Dorrien/ Spray Trail Road. Expect trails to be variable in condition from packed snow and ice at higher elevations, to dryer conditions at lower elevations and in sun exposed areas. 



    1. Live Grooming Report for Mount Shark
    2. Check for avalanche information on the Avalanche Canada website. Pack appropriately for changing conditions, including traction devices/hiking poles, and don't forget to dress in layers!
    3. Be wildlife aware! Traveling in groups, making noise on trail, keeping pets on leash and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. See the Wildlife Safety page for more information.
    4. Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees and snow/ice on trail.

    Snow Depths:

    As of December 12:

    • Mud Lake - 39 cm
    • Burstall Pass - 81 cm


Trail Name Permitted Activities Status
Burstall Pass (Backcountry)
Chester Lake
    Snowshoers and Winter Hikers should use the Chester Lake Snowshoe Trail.
Chester Lake Snowshoe
Frost Heave Snowshoe
Graupel Snowshoe
High Rockies
    • Trail is open and much of the directional signage is in place, with gaps in the Chester/Sawmill area
    • Between Nov. 1 and May 1 the trail is closed through the Buller Slide Path due to Highway Avalanche Control
Hogarth Lakes Loop Snowshoe
Rummel Lake (Backcountry)
    • Rummel Lake Backcountry Campground is closed
Sawmill Loop Snowshoe
Snowdrift Snowshoe
Watridge Lake
    • Walkers and bikers, stay to the edge of the trail