Since we had a sunny Sunday in August, we decided to make the most of it and we drove into
K-country to hike one of the most popular trips in the park - Chester Lake. It had only just
opened due the extensive flooding, but the trail itself was in pretty great shape.


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I convinced my friend Dan to join Natalia and I for a hike around Chester Lake on a perfect Sunday in August.
Since Dan's a spectacular golfer, we decided to have a look at the damage at the K-country golf course due to the
flood in June. It's pretty extensive for sure.


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You can see where the creeks blew their banks. I'm sure where the larger creeks came through the course is
a good bit more damaged.


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You can see a bit more debris and silt all over here. A few tough notes here are that the course had just rebuilt
all of the greens at a cost of ~$30K per green. Also, the course had just installed new underground sprinkler systems too.
Ouch.


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The trail up to Chester Lake is beautiful and very accessible. This is less than an hour from the car and we had
this gorgeous alpine meadow. I kept expecting to see elk or moose pop by.


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This draw is the access to the scramble up Mt Chester. Look at the debris that fell through here when the
soil failed.


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Here's the toilet at Chester Lake. I thought it looked unique.


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The sedimentary layers on Mt Chester are quite striking. The lake is just coming into view here.


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Here are Dan and Natalia having lunch along Chester Lake. The rainbow trout were biting pretty well here
and we sat and watched minnows along with trout jumping.


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This photo doesn't do it justice, but the spider below here is almost as big as 1/4 of my hand.


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Here is Natalia at 5 1/2 months pregnant enjoying the walk around Chester Lake.


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Dan and I on a small snowfield. Did I mention this is August?


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Dan and I after a nice walk up to Chester Lake.


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On the way out I think I counted over 200 people walking up, so it is very much a super popular trail.
Natalia really liked the wildflowers here as they were still in bloom.

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