Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Kananaskis Improvement District with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Did it today! Very nice and easy, just walking. Enjoyed the scenery! Saw black bear really close to us.

The trail itself was very hard to find, and we ended up going a bit too far left and climbing the mountain overlooking Highway 40 and the parking lot.. also there are lots of animal trails intersecting the main trail that may have added to the confusion. Regardless, I heard nothing but amazing things about the hike and would love to attempt this another day!

2 days ago

10/10 saw some nice sheep

3 days ago

Great scramble! Absolutely doable without ropes.
It’s a workout. What a blast!!!

I have done this hike twice now, the first was at the end of March in heavy snow where you could barely see across the lake, the second was Tuesday evening - we were going to hike up Sarrail ridge to catch the sunset but we had too late of a start to even catch sunset at the lake - not sure we would have seen much through all the smoke, but it is a lovely hike and will definitely do it again and hit the ridge next time!

3 days ago

I would recommend if you are planning on doing this hike to do it later in the summer or early fall before the snow. I did it in July and the snow was so heavy we could not find a trail. Unfortunately it also was very cold and with it being quite open for the majority of the hike wasn’t as enjoyable as it should have been. I will definitely try this hike again but next time with poles, late in the summer, extra layers and water proof shoes!

This was an amazing hike for our family. We camped at Mt Sarrail walk in tent campground. Tuesday morning we walked across the street and up to Upper Kananaskis Lake and then to the trail head of Rawson Lake. We were so lucky to have a blue sky sunny day and enjoyed every amazing step along the trail!! It is a moderate hike with lots of twists and turns, uphill switchbacks but so much beauty. We stopped for lunch on Rawson Lake like many other families. One of my sons and my husband ventured on to the challenging steep path of Sarrail Ridge. My other son and I headed over to “the big rock” and found it easy to climb on top! I made it about 1/4 of the way up the steep incline to my goal big tree towards Sarrail Ridge and was satisfied with seeing the beautiful views from that viewpoint. We had a dip in the glacier fed lake on our way back to the lake because it was so hot!! We spent about 6 hours on our hike between stopping for breaks and hiking back to the campground. It was an incredible hike and we would definitely do it again.

Did this trail back in May and there was a lot of snow. We ended up going the wrong way and added an unexpected 20km or so to our hike that we were not prepared for. By the time we got to Rawson Lake we were sore and wet from slipping in the feet of snow that covered 70% of the trail around the far side of the large lake. Rawson was still frozen over also. All in all good hike but make sure you know which way you’re going!

12 days ago

Great hike with amazing view, however you cannot that we saw safely summit the mountain without rock climbing equiptment or ropes and harnesses. Very difficult hike with a lot of elevation.

Amazing views. My 9 year olds and 14 year old loved it. I would go back again

14 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. The trailhead was a little unclear as there is no designated signage saying where the beginning of the trail was. It's along the path beside the sign that says something along the lines of "stay on the designated path, fragile area" - which was the only signage on this path. So start there! Other than that the flow of the hike was smooth and gorgeous.

As of August 3 the trail has reopened.
This is a family friendly hike that is steady through trees but not technical.
If you go at a decent pace you can make it in around an hour to Rawson lake.
There is an option to continue on to Sarrail ridge, which I would recommend if you have poles/a walking stick and are prepared for a STEEP dirt trail. From the ridge you get a fantastic view of Rawson lake as well as the upper Kananaskis lake on the other side. Quite spectacular.
Otherwise, Rawson lake is the perfect spot for lunch, there is an outhouse a little ways a way and I did see people swimming and fishing in it (though you should check if fishing is allowed).
Overall a well kept trail to a beautiful lake. There are planks put on the ground for a section near the top to traverse muddy sections.

14 days ago

Amazing hike. Park at the south end parking lot as it is a beautiful hike through the cirque on the way up to the ridge. The climb up will get the heart rate pumping but the views at the top as well as the hike along the top of the ridge is absolutely beautiful.

Great hike, can be very busy. Best part is there are washrooms at the top.

15 days ago

Beautiful easy 1 hr walk right near the river. A lot of people at the falls but not too many on the path.

Great trail and followed advice to take White Tail for first section up which was quite easy going.. A really decent challenge for new MTBers and a great rest point at Merlin’s Chair..

rock climbing
18 days ago

This was one of the toughest hikes I’ve ever done. There was hardly a trail even visible 90% of the hike. It was almost entirely uphill, and many of those points required straight up climbing.

This was not a moderate hike! It was quite dangerous on the way down as the shale rock was unstable. This hike ended up taking us about six hours. I do not recommend anyone does this unless your a crazy fit thrill seeker.

Tough scramble. Amazing views. Worth the punishment! Very fun scree to descend!

19 days ago

Without a GPS I would not have made it around that loop - even with GPS we could not find the trail for most of the hike but could at least get a general idea. That meant there was a lot of rough terrain and we had to climb up large rock piles and follow the creek. not well marked or groomed. It was dangerous in areas and was not a moderate hike...
The summit, however, was amazing. 360 view of the mountains - an excellent place for a nap and lunch after a hard climb!
Glad I did not give up...which definately crossed my mind.

mountain biking
20 days ago

Great loop! Nice and flowy! I do this once a week on a weekday morning (Zero crowds at this time). The trail is getting pretty rocky and rooted right now from people riding it in wet conditions. The downhill part of Merlin’s is in great condition. Took 1h10m with a few breaks.

on Rae Glacier Trail

22 days ago

We hiked this trail on July 29, 2018. The first part of the trail up to the lake has decent amount of shade midday, and a steady incline. Go through the campground and the trail reappears, follow the trail to the right when it forks. The trail follows the stream bed for awhile and there is evidence of the 2013 flood, but there are orange ribbons and cairns marking the way. Then the trail goes back up into the trees where it becomes more steep but it’s not very long before you reach the top of the hill. There are spectacular views in every direction. From here you’re back to following along the edge of the stream and it gets quite rocky. We went quite far along the rocks and up the scree slope but decided it wasn’t worth continuing right to the very top. The glacier has receded quite a bit so it is not really the highlight of the hike but the views back of Elpoca Mountain are stunning. The GPS on my phone put this hike at about 10km round trip with 774m elevation gain not going quite up to the very top, so it doesn’t quite match the trail description. We aren’t in the best shape and take lots of short breaks and we completed this hike in 3 hours and 45 minutes not including our break for lunch. This was a great hike for our puppy, lots of opportunities for him to drink from the lake and streams and to practice scrambling on the rocks.

Great trail. Took us 4 hours to complete with a 20
Minute stop for lunch. You have to pay attention on the backside of Merlin as the bikers come down quick so you’ll need to be ready to move.

The trail was a little worn down and supper muddy but the view made it worth it!

29 days ago

A bit of a challenge, but great views all the way. Map on this app is off however. On the decent, stay on the ridge as long as you can vs following the creek out (no path).

Beautiful! Did it with the fam, suitable for many skill levels

Phenomenal views along the ridge. A bit gusty at the top so make sure to remember your wind-breaker!

1 month ago

Parked at the south end parking lot. Rather boggy for the first couple Kms and then dried up as we came out of the trees. As we approached the ridge, a mother grizzly and three cubs crossed our path and climbed the west valley to saddle. Beautiful views and will do it again.

1 month ago

My wife and I were camping at Elkwood and this was our second day hike. As others have mentioned go through all the camp sites, past site 16 and the trail re-appears. Stay right at the fork (left goes back to the lake trail on the other side of the lake) and just keep going. Anywhere the trail got 'lost' due to flooding has been well marked with red ribbon. We were the first ones up the trail that morning but once we stopped to eat others appeared coming up behind us. Had the dog with us so we weren't able to go up the worst of the scree bit (he's got bad knees) but otherwise it was hike full of amazing views.

One of the best hikes in the Kananaskis region. Steady uphill climb once you take the Rawson lake trail turn, but flattens out nearer to the lake. The lake itself is very beautiful and cozy. We went there early June, and there was still quite a bit of snow at the top. The view was so tranquil that we ended up spending over an hour there just admiring the scene. Definitely recommend this hike to everyone.

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