Kananaskis Country

Spray Valley Trail Report

Updated: February 15, 2019

Updated: February 15, 2019 | 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. As there have been strong winds in the valley, there may be deeper snow/drifts in some areas than others. If fresh snow falls, visitors should expect soft snow on trails, which will pack out and become more supportive over the season. Expect trails to be variable in condition from packed snow and ice at higher elevations. Check the Avalanche Report before going into backcountry terrain.



    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 February 15:

    • Mud Lake - 98 cm
    • Burstall Pass - 154 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
    • Blackshale Bridge, south of Sawmill Day Use, is closed. Please note that there is a 1.0 km bypass trail around the bridge closure.
Hogarth Lakes Loop Snowshoe
Rummel Lake (Backcountry)
Sawmill Loop Snowshoe
Snowdrift Snowshoe
Watridge Lake
    • Walkers and bikers, stay to the edge of the trail