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Such a beautiful lake

We intended to just hike 1 hour, which is a great hike to the waterfalls, but then went on to hike... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2020
Mark K
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Edmonton, Canada
Beautiful Lake! Steep Climb Through Forest to Get There

I hiked along the 8.5 km Upper Kananaskis and Rawson Lake Trails on September 27, 2020 and the... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2020
BrittanyAdventures
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 1 October 2020

We intended to just hike 1 hour, which is a great hike to the waterfalls, but then went on to hike for another hour to see the Rawson Lake. Wow, such a beautiful lake and since we are out of the park I was able to fly my drone, beautiful views.

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 29 September 2020 via mobile

I hiked along the 8.5 km Upper Kananaskis and Rawson Lake Trails on September 27, 2020 and the views of the lake were gorgeous! ⁣

The trail began along the Upper Kananaskis Trail and traveled along the lake and through forest with beautiful views. It crossed a bridge with a waterfall beside it. At the junction, the trail for Rawson branched to the left. It continued through the pine forest along steep switchbacks for about 1.5 km. The trail was quite muddy and slippery on the rocks and roots. It then levelled out somewhat and gained gradual elevation leading up to the lake. There were no views until you reached the lake. As I climbed higher, there was progressively more snow on the ground and it was definitely colder. ⁣The trail was a bit icy and slick at the lake.

Rawson Lake was gorgeous! Mount Sarrail overlooked the water and was stunning and covered in lots of snow. There were no larches on this hike but it was still beautiful. From the lake, the trail continued around the perimeter to the other side before climbing up to Sarrail Ridge. I didn’t hike the ridge and turned around at the end of the lake. ⁣I only wish the trail had views before the lake (and compared to others in Kananaskis, Chester and Pocaterra are still my faves), so that’s why I rated it 4 stars.

This trail took me 3 hours to complete. It was not too busy on my way up and I started at 8:30, but passed a lot of people on the way down. The winding road leading to the trailhead was also very scenic and a lovely drive!

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 9 December 2019 via mobile

A fairly “short” hike to a small, beautifully backdropped lake. Spray Lakes/Peter Lougheed/Kananaskis area is amazing for mountain views and great hikes. We chose this because of winter safety - it’s not in an avalanche area (except for if you venture around the lake.) The trail was icy, but not very snowy in mid November. We made it without cleats, but going up would have been easier with them. Going down, you can slide on your boots for a lot of the way which is fun for some who still have their inner child at the forefront (me) and maybe scary for others who don’t spend every day at an ice rink.

I recommend this winter hike for those who have hiking boots or runners and cleats. Snowshoes were not needed when we went, but check the trail report.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank KellyNagle
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Reviewed 9 October 2019

One of the most iconic trail in the Canadian Rockies. Pack a snack, raincoat (just in case) and your camera (mandatory!) and hit the trail. The hike is not difficult, you can take your kids anytime. It's a 3.5-4 hours round trip, depend on how much time you spend to admire the landscapes. At the end of the trail the Rawson Lake view is breath-taking. If you feel adventurous you can continue on Sarrail Ridge.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Bogdan C
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Reviewed 14 September 2019

There are some challenges with a short, steeper section, but almost everybody should be able to manage this fantastic hike. On our recent visit, there was a group of seniors, 70+, as well as mom's group with their newborns, so we really mean it is for everyone. The trail follows the Upper Kananaskis Lakeshore Trail for a short while, and the views from this leg are quite something. The uphill section through the forest gives you wonderful mossy woods. At the lake, the view across the water when you arrive is classic, but don't stop there. In the summer, it's safe to negotiate left, to find your own little spot on the lake. For those with time and lots of gas in the tank, outside of the snow season, you can proceed on very strenuous informal route to the ridge to the north, which has a stunning view down valley from the top. Up the to lake is safe all year, but when the snow has come, the cirque around the lake is a big avalanche threat, so DO NOT venture beyond the stream outflow area where the trail first meets the lake.

Date of experience: September 2019
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