I would say this hike would be considered hard, just for the first half because there is a pretty decent incline but towards the middle it is much more level with an occasional climb. Right now a good portion of the hike trail is covered in very slippery ice, so I would recommend ice cleats or hiking poles. Altogether the top makes it worth it with a very peaceful frozen lake!
Absolutely stunning views! There were a surprising number of people on the trail for shoulder season. Lots of beautiful snow. I disagree with the rating of "hard". I found this to be a quick and easy hike. Park in upper kananaskis lake lot and walk around lake trail until you reach signs for Rawson Lake trail. Enjoy!
Steven U. on Rawson Lake Trail
I've done this twice and both time I've enjoyed it. first time I've done it with a friend and the other time did it with my son and the same friend.
We did this hike the morning after the first snow this winter. It was a nice gradual hike with steeps and flats. The path was very difficult to follow, however, after the first hour as everything was covered in snow and no path was visible after we came to a high clearing. A beautiful walk in the woods!
I loved this hike! It was a nice moderate incline. Beautiful green moss and a nice waterfall to take pictures in the beginning.
The lake was gorgeous and the mountain range was beautiful. I tried to do the scramble but scared myself as I didn't feel comfortable with the shoes I was wearing and it was a tad slick.
So wonderful. Followed a moose and her calf part of the way in the morning. Hiked it Canada day long weekend and the trail was really really busy so we started pretty early. Easy with a little incline right at the top but very rewarding the whole way. Had a pretty amazing view for lunch
i did this hike with my 8 year old son in early October. Be prepared if you go late season, the snow makes the scrambles a little harder, especially for kids. The hike is amazing and the views are incredible, I highly recommend this for anyone who is not scared of heights or exposure. We ran into a late grizzly on the ridge about one k from the end so we finished the hike in a larger group. 5 hours is probably right for most hikers but if you like to fly and its dry, you can do it in 3. But save time for lunch on the ridge and enjoy the views.
Linda H. on Pocaterra Ridge
Our group managed to complete this without hiking poles (incline heavy) and the right footwear (muddy after a day of rain). Definately recommend for large dogs, and the view up top is amazing!