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Beautiful!!! But quite hard considering I’m out of shape & it’s up up up the whole way to the lake!!!! Worth it though!!!!

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

1 month ago

Went yesterday after the snow storm mid week. The snow was deeper than usual. Good option when getting out to the mountains isn't possible. My dog loves it too.

3 months ago

Did it on saturday and it was a bit icy and snowy but the view at the top was great !

3 months ago

my family and I love coming here!

Great easy hike.

I did this on Remembrance day. It was beautiful. The snow was up to the thigh at some point. On the way back, I could hear the avi sounds. So, just be careful out there.

Touristy & underwhelming.

Beautiful scenery. Lots of variety. Definitely need the right gear at this time of year with all the snow. Stay left of the rocky gully on the way down. It’s a bit sketchy with the snow and ice. Take the adjacent avalanche gully. Much easier and faster decent.

4 months ago

A good outing, enjoyed climbing on the hoo doos .

Beautiful clear lakes, took a swim in the ice cold water

4 months ago

Good hike, not very strenuous. Next time I'll bring my fishing rod.

4 months ago

Great fun!

This was a great hike and the views from the ridge were 110% worth every step! It does get steep going up from Rawson Lake to Sarrail Ridge and the trail got muddy and slippery on the way down, but between the parking lot and Rawson Lake was fine.

Did this one Oct 15, 2017. Well established trail, first part along Upper Kananaskis Lake is a gradual incline. Then gets more steep as you go away from Upper Kananaskis Lake towards Rawson Lake. Used crampons on the steeper part and they were so helpful. Highly recommended. A little snow and ice which gradually got deeper towards Rawson Lake. I would rate the trail from the parking lot to Rawson as easy but I would rate the trail from Rawson Lake to Sarrail Ridge as hard. It's very steep. I wouldn't attempt it without crampons but there were lots of younger people doing it in runners. To me that's too dangerous. The snow at the top was about knee deep but the views of both Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes was gorgeous.
Btw there is a potty at Rawson Lake but make sure to bring your own toilet paper.

5 months ago

What a great place. From the blvd, it looks like a hill, but from a top: it's so much more ...

Amazing hike today to the top of Sarrail Ridge! Crampons came in handy about 30 min into the hike as there was snow and was a little icy in a few spots. There were a few people that made it to the top in just running shoes however! Absolutely worth the trek up, don't let the steep middle section of the climb turn you around as that's the hardest part. The view at the top is one of the best I've seen so far @ 7730 feet! Going down took about 45 min and was not as bad as we thought. Again, crampons for the win. The whole hike took us 5 hours. Words can't explain the feeling at the top. Definitely worth it.

Amazing trail! There is quite a bit of snow though so come prepared:)

Best hike I’ve done so far. I went yesterday (October 5,2017) and the steep trail to sarrail ridge isn’t covered with snow just yet. A must hike and no words can describe how beautiful the view is up top when you get there. Definitely not an easy one not exactly hard either but it’s all worth it. For sure my favourite views of all time.

Anyone knows whether the trail from Rawson Lake to the ridge is still feasible? We went last week when it was snowing quite a bit thus we couldn't make it up. Thanks!

5 months ago

this is my all-time favorite hike and I don't think anything will Top it. just for the simple fact that the end result is astonishing. so from the parking lot it's about a 2 km hike to get to the trailhead. easy for sure. passing by a few small streams and a beautiful waterfall. once you get to the trailhead that's when the fun begins. I would rate the hike as moderate to hard for the simple fact of the steepness of the trail. it's 2.7 km to the lake from the trailhead and it is fairly consistent the whole way with a few switchbacks. once you get to the lake, it is astonishing to say the least. The first time I seen it I was speechless. The lake is pristine and mount sarrail is so big and concave shaped like an amplitheatre. makes you feel small and gives you a sense of movement. The trail continues around the lake all the way to the trailhead for sarrail ridge. at the base of the mountain there is snow even in July and is a bit chilly in the shade. Beauty place to have a snack and look up in amazement. if you choose to do sarrail ridge I'd highly recommend poles. this hike is hard in my opinion. no easy way up. it's very steep and there is sections where you really have to be careful due to rocks coming down at you from other hikers. I got hit with one so I know. I'd say it's a thousand feet or so to the top, but honestly the views are out of this world. you can see Rawson Lake and upper and lower kananaskis lakes. The ridge walk is super cool and is hard to put into words what you see. in total it took around 5.5 hours to do the whole thing. hard but for me, the best of the best.

Amazing ! One of my favorites

Beautiful this time of year! Great hike and dog friendly

Very satisfying hike. A steep grunt for the first half but great view once at the lake. Dog friendly and easily accessible. Would be a good challenge for a beginner hiker but is more on the easy side for an experienced hiker.

For sure going back and tackling Sarrail Ridge, but will make sure I have poles and proper shoes, as my ankles were wobbly on the way down from Rawson Lake in just runners.

6 months ago

Nice in town hike. We took some of the dirt pathways for a little more adventure/interest. I feel like there are so many routes through the park that every visit could be unique!

Short and sweet hike up to the stunning Rawson Lake. Those up for a challenge should continue on up to Sarrail Ridge, a fantastic lookout point on the saddle that let's you soak up the views of Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes (as well as Hidden Lake). Highly recommend boots and poles for Sarrail Ridge - steep grade and particularly challenging when conditions are tinder dry.

Apparently, the trail to Rawson Lake is also great for snowshoeing!

The hike to Rawson Lake is short and relatively easy. Beautiful Lake. The hike/scramble up to the ridge requires a little more work, and i cannot stress good boots and poles enough. The reward at the top is remarkable

Awesome hike, all kinds of people out, nice views along the way, but the top is worth the trek!

Such an awesome place!

Did this hike solo, pretty popular so there was no issues. A little tough in the beginning, will definitely get your heart going and then eventually eases up. Amazing lake, a little smokey today. Would like to do it again on a clear day.

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