The first half to Rawson lake is an easy, although steady incline hike on a well established trail that is quite popular on the weekends. The second half of the hike up to Sarrail Ridge is a steep 45 minute climb, not quite a scramble but the use of poles is recommended. The climb is worth it though as it gives an awesome view of Upper Kananaskis lake to the North and Rawson lake to the South East.
Travel west from Calgary on the Trans Canada, then take highway 40 south into Kananaskis and go for about 50 kilometers, then turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Proceed about 12 kilometers and turn left to the Upper Lake Day Use Area. The trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot.
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Posted By: jamattic
- Sat Jul 23 02:51:15 UTC 2016
UpsideAmazing views! Gentle first part to Rawson lake Downsidefirst part is busy on weekends but definitely recommend bringing bear spray just in case CommentThe hike starts off easy enough with a steady incline but lots of flat spots the closer you get to the lake. Once you get to the lake walk about 3/4 of the way around the lake to the Sarrail Ridge trail. Trail is tough and straight up but not very long. Views are some of the best you will see in K-country of upper and lower kananaskis lakes and rawson on other side. Did trail in late July 2016 and trail was great
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Thu Feb 18 17:31:05 UTC 2016
UpsideGood workout up to the ridge, nice views of Kananaskis Lakes and Mount Sarrail DownsideAvalanche hazard high on the last portion of the slope to the ridge CommentEdwards Rating: I (I) S S
4 to 6 hours
Elevation of 742 m total at 2382 m. **** We did in Summer in 2012 and it was absolutely beautiful up there. It was not as impressive in winter I thought, but still a nice place to snowshoe and a great challenge up in the forest. We actually crossed the lake to the end and went up the avalanche slope for a bit. We then continued in the forest to avoid avalanche hazard as much as possible. On the last portion just after the tree line, we were widely exposed to avalanche terrain. We completed our ascent but didn`t walk the whole ridge as we didn`t feel comfortable enough with all that snow. We came back down 100% in the forest, following ski tracks sidesloping down to the lake. It was much easier and not as hazardous that way. We didn`t need our snowshoes up to the lake as this is a very popular trail, but it was a must up the ridge.
Posted By: DamnCanadians
- Sun Jul 19 15:13:45 UTC 2015
UpsideVery scenic, easy to follow trail plus fishing! Rainbow and cutthroat trout DownsideNone that we can think off Commentwe did not do Sarrail Ridfe, we did the ridge to the left up the run off and scree. It took us about an hour and a half to get up . Within the process lots of cuts! we had a blast creating our own trail though.