Snowshoeing Lineham Falls Trail

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.

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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.

Tawny and the dogs

Tawny and the dogs

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.

Tawny and the dogs lead the way down after hitting a recent avalanche area

Tawny and the dogs lead the way down after hitting a recent avalanche area

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.

How did I manage to drive past THIS so many times before?

How did I manage to drive past THIS so many times before?

 

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.

Kite boarding in front of the Prince of Wales

Kite boarding in front of the Prince of Wales

Any Alberta kite boarders who want to show me the ropes? 

MY GEAR

OTHER SNOWSHOEING ESSENTIALS

 

7 Comments

  • coloradoavocado January 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I want to try kite boarding now! Awesome post and great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Betty LIVIN January 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I know right? It looks sooooo cool!

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  • fromtrextotigress January 16, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Now I am convinced. Cold or not, I must try snow shoeing.

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    • Betty LIVIN January 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

      You really should! And the movement keeps you warm so it’s not too bad. 🙂

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  • Joanna @ LivingMintGreen January 19, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I miss Waterton so much! (Not the wind though) I was really hoping to get in a snowshoeing adventure there during the Christmas holiday but was too short on time.

    Also? Can we talk about how there’s NO snow in the mountains right now? I’m getting anxious that I haven’t been able to do much snowshoeing/boarding this year.

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    • Betty LIVIN January 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

      I know!!!!! I am dying to get in some snow boarding but it’s just not worth the cost of a lift ticket right now, it’s driving me crazy!

      Reply
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