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

It was a mildly moderate hike. Pleasing to see mom's and little toddlers on the trail. Best to be there before 8 am, as it will be harder to find parking space. more suitable for bigner hiker and children.

Just went to the falls. Very well maintained path until we hit some snow. Couldn’t seem to find the trail for about 10 minutes just before the falls but forged a path through the snow which was still doable. Super easy and the water is incredibly clear right now. About 4.5 hours round trip just to the falls at a moderate rate.

My friend and I hiked this trail last weekend (May 19th). It had been awhile since either of us had hiked, and this trail was a great (re)start to our hiking adventures. The trail is wide and easy to navigate. The views at the top are amazing. Be sure to go beyond the first lookout to get even better views!

A bit muddy and waist deep snow up top as of May 19. Beautiful frozen alpine lake this time of year!

Amazing views with an amazing hike! Definitely worth the hike up and around!

4 days ago

Lovely views! A “harder” easy trail.

Really nice hike, the lake at the top was beautiful with the blue glacier water. Most of the trail has a lot of snow and I’d go in June when it tapers off. Be careful of the ice and snow, especially at the lake where you think you can step somewhere but end up one leg through the snow into the cold water with your foot drenched

Great trail best done counter clockwise

Beautiful hike! Went with a large group of 9 people and we were not prepared for how long it is or the trails. Once you hit the nonmaintained trail it's incredibly hard on your feet so be sure to wear proper footwear. There are many rocks and tree roots you need to step on or over! Right now is the perfect time to go because the water is so clean and beautiful same as the waterfall. We didn't make it to the lake as we started late and wanted to make it back before sunset and our feet were hurting from the trail but other hikers said there was knee-deep snow still up there so would want to wait at least a month before going again. We started the hike around 12 pm and ended at 8 pm on the dot but we did go chill out at the rocks for a while which took us much longer.

We went May Long weekend 2018 and they’re was still quite a bit of snow and some parts of the trail were a little icy, nothing that wasn’t passible though. The waterfall at the start was beautiful and Rawson Lake at the top is stunning. Great to start with the view of upper Kananaskis lake too. We are going to go back when it’s clear this summer to hopefully catch a glimpse of the crazy amounts of flowers people mention! Overall great hike and would definitely do it again!

A really fun but long hike. Went yesterday May 19 and there was still lots of snow (waist-deep) on the trail from the falls to the lake. Trail finding was pretty difficult but we made it to the lake and though it was mostly frozen over it was incredibly beautiful and calm. Not many people make this trek at this time of year, so chances are you'll have it to yourself. Take caution on the chains as they can be a little slippery when wet.

The 11km to the falls, however, was very gentle and the trail was in good condition. The falls are big and gorgeous this time of year. Perfect for dogs and family outings.

Great hike. A bit of a grind at parts but a wonderful view at the fire lookout. Went straight back down rather then taking the loop

Pretty easy, liked that it was along the lake. Lots of spots to start, we got onto the trail at the boat launch area.

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6 days ago

Amazing views from the ridge, looking down at Rawson Lake on one side and Kananaskis Lake on the other side. The hike to Rawson is quite enjoyable, the hike up to the ridge is challenging but well worth it for the amazing views!

Cyclists said you couldnt do the 14 km loop yet without seeing snow however going up taking your first right there was no ice or snow in sight.

Easy quick hike with a pretty view. The trail is covered by trees for most of it, so the view is just at the top! Great for a quick outing!

One of the best views I have ever seen! We got a hot and clear day which really helped. The trail from Rawson Lake up Sarrail ridge is HARD! It’s short but straight up, loose dirt, and steep! We had good hiking boots and poles which really helped make it easier. Although I saw lots of people in sneakers and they did just fine.

Easy walk with a beautiful view!

May 16, 2018.

Forgiving trail with a mild to moderate slope up, nice and shady as you go up to the lookout. However, doing the loop will take you about 4-5 hrs total and although you get to walk beside a lake for a few kms, its definitely a much longer walk than going straight back down the same route. Jewell Pass is heavily forested and there is a small waterfall along the route. If you're wanting to do a quick hike, don't loop. The snow is pretty much melted so no worries about that. Great prairie views on Barrier Fire Lookout and the view of the lake at the top is gorgeous, the lady manning the lookout was also very friendly and told us more about the surroundings. It gets busy mid-day so do try to get out early.

My friends and I did this trail yesterday. Nice wide trails, gradual slope up. Was a nice challenge, but nothing too crazy or difficult. The panoramic views at the top are beautiful and breath taking. Not too far out of Calgary, was only about 50 mins from out of the city. Would definitely recommend this hike.

We ended up just hiking to the Prairie View summit and back down, but I would have loved to have done the entire loop. However, it was really warm (29C) when we did this hike, and the trail isn’t terribly shaded. Would have enjoyed this even more on a cooler day, rather than battling with the heat as well.

Did this hike May 13, 2018. Good conditions. Great pick for an early season half day hike which is always worth the views. We did the ascent on the Barrier Look our trail and was in good condition - 1 hr 15 mins. Descent down the Prairie View/Jewel Pass good condition but a few snowy spots - 3 hrs. Nothing which took away from a great half day capped off with a pic-nic over looking the lake. Busy with lots of families and dogs out (including ours!)

Really nice hike! Not too difficult! The view was beautiful from the summit, and alongside the lake walking down Jewell Pass. Perfect conditions right now.. only a little bit slippery walking down Jewell Pass.

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12 days ago

A great start of the season hike. The trails are mostly dry with only a very few muddy or snow patches. Very busy this May 13 with lots of families with kids and dogs out.

We hiked Oct 29, 2016. It was a great day for a hike. We parked at the North Interlakes Day Use area and did the trail clockwise. Views were great, the lake was so calm that it mirrored the mountains perfectly. The rocky beaches were full of drift wood, some structures were built and it had an otherworldly feel. I took hundreds of photos.

Like some others, we had some way finding in the last few km, in snow. The area was pretty dense with trees and could lose bearings fairly easy without having site line with the lake. We made it though, saw some grouse on the way out.

It is beautiful, even if you just do north parking lot to south parking lot you have great scenery and photo opportunities. Would do this again.

Lots of bear activity today. I would wait until later in the summer before attempting this hike again.
We hiked about 2.15hrs in, almost to the campground but there was a fresh kill on the trail so we turned around.

Not too much snow until about 2 hrs in.

The little waterfalls along the way are nice but no spectacular views.

Pretty easy hike.

Nice hike with a great view at the top. A bit muddy on the last bit of Prairie View Trail, and Jewel Pass Trail was fairly snowy on the way down. Took about 4 hours round trip with a 15 minute stop at the top.

We went May 2nd and the trail was full of snow which made it pretty hard to walk through with hiking boots. Definitely would need cleats or snow shoes to finish it. It was pretty flat for the most part, I wouldn’t even call it a moderate hike. There are a lot of reviews about if being really scenic and breathtaking. It was nice but I wouldn’t say the scenery was amazing. Going to try it again in the summer, maybe have a better experience.

Beware if you’re allergic or afraid of bees! The trail after the lake is uphill through tons of wildflowers, and even more bees and bugs. I have no idea how I’ve done this hike so many times and not been stung! Try to be respectful and don’t stomp on any of the flowers or wander off the trail.

Did this hike yesterday (May 6). Stunning views at the top, make sure you go all the way to the fire lookout and say hi to Flocka the dog! Hike up through the woods was pretty uninteresting, trail is mostly dry until you get up to the top. Poles would help but we were fine without them, spikes not needed anymore.

The trail on the way up was great, with barely any snow on it and just some mud. However, on the way down via Jewell Pass, most of the trail was covered in snow, some points being snow up to our knees. Most of the snow was compacted from previous hikers but quite slippery. If you’re looking for an extra challenge definitely take Jewell Pass down. It took us 4.25 hours with a 15 minute stop at the top for lunch and plenty of water breaks.

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