Last Saturday, my buddy Tawny (owner of Thankful Threads) and I hit Waterton for some snowshoeing!
Tawny had never been snow shoeing before and I have a hard time finding a companion so we made plans to meet up at the Cameron lake trail with our dogs and head to Forum Falls. When I got to the Cameron trail start there was a very prominent “no dogs” sign so as I was headed back down I noticed a single car at the Lineham Falls trail and decided to snowshoe towards the falls.
As we were preparing to walk in, a pair of snowshoers came out and said that about a mile in there was an avalanche area that looked pretty fresh so they opted to turn around. We decided that we would just do the mile and turn around.
Because we only had a mile each way, we took our time and really enjoyed the beginning of the trail.
For beginner snowshoers, let me tell you its tough! You have to really pick up your feet so you’re working your entire leg with every step you take.
Because there was no one else on the trail we let the dogs off leash (sorry Parks!) and they had a blast running through the super deep snow. Little Apollo was too small to see over a lot of spots and had to follow in Rocky’s footprints through the snow.
Once we got out of the tree line and into the alpine area we could see the avalanche area the couple had warned us about. Neither of us has any sort of training or knowledge so we turned around and headed back down.
So while it was a short trek, it was a fun one. I fell flat on my face in the snow twice which was pretty funny.
On the drive back I noticed a huge frozen waterfall on the side of the road. I have driven past that thing so many times and never noticed it before! I want to go check it out this summer too.
Another cool thing I saw on my way back was some kite boarders on Upper Waterton Lake. It looked like so much fun, I wonder how I could try something like that out.
Any Alberta kite boarders who want to show me the ropes?
OTHER SNOWSHOEING ESSENTIALS