Shady Lake Trail
A shady descent
Descend 70 metres to a muddy mineral lick on the shore of narrow Shady Lake. Look for tracks of elk, deer and moose who come to eat minerals brought to the surface by springs. Listen for loons and grebes as you follow the trail along the grassy lake edge.
Ascend through birch and aspen, dappled gold in autumn, bright green in spring. Near the end of the trail, a 750-metre trail spur leads to Height of Land tower with a spectacular view of Shady Lake.
Length: 1.7 km, loop
Time: 40 minutes
Level of Difficulty: Moderate, Steep hills.
Significant Features: A 45m staircase leads down into the aspen forest surrounding Shady Lake.
Trailhead: 8km from the visitor centre on highway #263
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat.: 53.87131155 Long.: -106.10459901