Access: Hwy 742, (Spray Lakes Road) | Parking: South side of Chester parking lot
Bike ‘n Hike, 7.5 Kilometers, approx. 2 hours | Intermediate to Difficult, Full Day
Originally posted on Powderface.ca (circa 2005)
You’ll usually see a lot of cars in the parking lot on weekends, but don’t panic. Those are all the people going up to Chester Lake, which has become very popular and one of the busiest next to Galatea and Ribbon Creek. It’s a nice Lake with pretty good fishing (once boasting the record catch for a Dolly Varden) but isn’t nearly as nice a destination as lesser known Headwall Lakes. Oddly enough, the Kananaskis Country Recreational Map I had didn’t even have a trail marked for Headwall, which might help explain why it doesn’t get as crowded as it’s neighbor. Headwall has small cutthroat for some moderate fishing, but it’s worth going just for the diverse terrain and stunning landscape. Most of the people you encounter are hiking, but if you take a bike you can save an hour or more each way on those long logging roads, and the adrenaline rush on the way down is a great way to end your trip.