Rawson Lake & Sarrail Ridge (or Rawson Ridge)

Rawson Lake & Sarrail Ridge (or Rawson Ridge) near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
11 kms
5hours
moderate
Hiking, Snowshoeing, Back Country Skiing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Kananaskis, AB
User wmshockey
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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By bwhoothunterPosted By: bwhoothunter  - Tue Jul 04 02:49:31 UTC 2017 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside the hike up to rawson lake is a nice steady climb amongst the trees with a beautiful waterfall along the way.the lake and the valley are stunning, like a postcard. when you continue on to sarrail ridge, be prepared for a steep slippery climb on loose shale for about 45 minutes. but the view at the top is outstanding, beautiful panarama of lakes, mountains and flowers. Downside as stated above the climb up to the ridge is a tough go, you get your cardio in for sure. the trip down from the ridge is slippery and painful, i slipped twice and have road(trail) rash on my arm. but all in all it was worth it. Comment loved it great day hike
By jamatticPosted By: jamattic  - Sat Jul 23 02:51:15 UTC 2016 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Amazing views! Gentle first part to Rawson lake Downside first part is busy on weekends but definitely recommend bringing bear spray just in case Comment The 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
By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Thu Feb 18 17:31:05 UTC 2016 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Good workout up to the ridge, nice views of Kananaskis Lakes and Mount Sarrail Downside Avalanche hazard high on the last portion of the slope to the ridge Comment Edwards 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.
By DamnCanadiansPosted By: DamnCanadians  - Sun Jul 19 15:13:45 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside Very scenic, easy to follow trail
plus fishing! Rainbow and cutthroat trout
Downside None that we can think off Comment we 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.


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