Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Great scenic trail but very easy to get lost shortly after the waterfall with so many paths. We were lost for at least an hour and ran into another group that were also lost but we headed for the water and eventually made our way back to a trail.

Loved this hike! A good challenge since the hike up the ridge is really steep but it's totally worth it once you get to the ridge. It was smoky so will have to go back for the views but it was still absolutely beautiful and with the quick elevation gain it gives that sense of accomplishment. Head to the far end of the ridge and you can do another little climb up to the flag -not sure if the flag is new as this was my first time up there. Climbing to the ridge and back down again was a challenge for us since the dirt was dry and made footing a bit precarious at times with all the loose rocks -for me poles were a must but I saw lots of people getting by without. My friend and I are slow and steady when it come to hiking and it took us 6 hours total, 4 hours of moving time and 2 hours total for breaks. No real breaks on the path up to Rawson, but lots on our way up the ridge and a long one up top since it was so beautiful.

This is a well travelled trail and it is no wonder why. Some of the most amazing views you could hope for. The trek to Rawson Lake and around it is fairly moderate. From the lake up to the ridge is challenging but doable. So worth it to go to the top for the amazing views and feeling of accomplishment

Did the whole loop today. Definitely counterclockwise is the way to go. Took 4hours to complete it with micro breaks and some picture taking. Bringing the dogs will also be great since there were not a lot of scrambling. There were cyclists in the area but they were pretty good in letting you know when they are passing. Nice hike with a steady elevation. Didn’t even use my poles today so this will be good for families with kids. :)

One of the best views in Alberta!

Beauty hike! Started early which was a plus to avoid the crowd hiking. To the lake was a nice gently hike. To the ridge was steep and hard. But well worth the views!
Unfortunately did the hike when it was super smoky so could barely see upper kananaskis lake.

Definitely recommend doing this hike if you are looking for a good elevation gain in a short time.

First time doing this hike today. Definitely need better signage letting users know you have a good km to walk before you even start the actual trail. Did it counterclockwise as a bunch of reviews recommended to do so. Not sure why as going either direction would be challenging. Constant up and down hills. Would like to try this again when it isn't so smokey outside.

WARNING: the distance listed here was different than my GPS reported. If you zoom fairly close you will see 1.7 Km to the highway from the start of the trail - that also means about a Km from the parking lot. We did the loop counter clockwise after parking close to the highway and at 13.5 Km we were just pulling along side the lake - it was 16.5 Km loop according to my GPS

I would rate this Trail easy , it sure is beautiful view up there took us 4 hours back and forth , with taking lots of breaks ,,,

It was absolutely beautiful! Did the trail counter-clockwise. I’m out of shape so I found it difficult but trust me, it’s so worth it to push through! Completed it in 4 hours with a lunch break. The last stretch of ~8kms felt like a drawn out descent, but still pretty.

11 days ago

Often like to do this one. I just do the first stretch (~5km??) from the parking lot counter-clockwise to the top. The first lookout is very nice but if you push just a little farther and do a short scramble the views become immensely better as you stand on the cliff. Trail is wide with very nice switch backs. The incline gets steeper near the top. Bring your dogs, take your bike. It’s popular but not too crowded.

Just did this over the long weekend. The trail is in great shape, all the way. We stayed over night at Ribbon Falls, there was lots of firewood and company to visit with. Day hiked up to the lake the next day, the chains were a fun challenge. We brought our 1 year old up with us and he loved every minute of it!

Busy but fun. Rawson lake to the ridge is VERY steep. I never bring poles but I was glad to have found a walking stick along the way because especially going down, without it you will be slipping and putting great stress on your knees. Once you get up its a fantastic view of a few glaciers and both Kananaskis and Rawson lakes, one on either side. A must do but be mindful it is an incredibly steep, dirt trail.

The trail from the Kananaskis lake to Rawson lake is steady but quick, and quite easy in comparison to the ridge trail.

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13 days ago

Hard to rate this one. If you are looking for a relatively easy, nice hike then this is good for you. If you want a challenge and a good climb, then not for you. Well marked trail and lots of room to move, and you will need it because it is a busy trail. Get there no later than 9 if you want a quiet hike. Go counter clockwise and enjoy the view near the end of your hike.

Very busy trail so get there early! Poles are recommended on the descent from Sarrail to the lake. Views on the ridge are unbelievable!

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15 days ago

Easy trail, great for kids. Great mountain views!

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15 days ago

Easy hike with great views of Mount Kidd and wedge pond.

Did a loop past here to Galatea then round Mt Kid back to Kananaskis village the chains where the highlight. The ball ache was the front of Mt Kid. In the trees the whole way. next time I'll just do either end not the front.

Trail is open as of August 3rd, spoke to the Kananaskis park info line to confirm.

Just hiked this yesterday with my wife. It's no longer closed. Amazing views and not a soul as it was raining on and off. The ascent looked as if it was going to take over an hour but to our surprise it only took us roughly 45 min. As others have stated, poles are almost a must. We only had one set but each used one and it worked out fine. IMO going up is much more daunting than the decent. It felt as if it'd be the opposite but we had no troubles and got down in about 25-30 min. Saw a bear mid way up the valley after we passed the bottom heading back along the lake otherwise no other wildlife (besides squirrels). We hike maybe once or twice a year in Wisconsin where we're from so we're pretty much beginner hikers and haven't dealt with any terrain close to this, but if you're in somewhat decent shape I feel almost anyone can make this. I also have a fear of heights but am glad we went up. You get used to it after 5-10 minutes of walking around up top.

Great Hike, we saw deer,wild chicken. I would not recommend doing this clockwise. It was 8km uphill. Do it counter-clockwise only 5 km uphill. The view is stunning from the top. It took us 5. 1/2 hours.... along barrier lake, jewel pass to prairie view.

What an amazing hiking trail! Thoroughly enjoyed the lovely trail to Rawson Lake! The water is a gorgeous green with a wonderful glacier in the background. The hike up the ridge is challenging to say the least, but as previous hikers have commented...SO WORTH IT!!! The views are phenomenal! Just an FYI-I would rate this portion of the hike as hard, the ‘moderate’ can be a bit misleading, unless that’s a reference for the Rawson Lake portion. Be prepared to get a great cardio workout in, it truly was an extraordinary hike!

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17 days ago

Did this for the first time this last weekend and did the trail in reverse. For a more intense climb I recommend doing this in reverse (clockwise) however no reward at the end (views on the Ridge side that would be the reward if done going the posted way (counter clockwise). On the Ridge side there are a few locations for great Insta photos. Lots of trail side benches to rest. The trail is quite wide so easy to allow room for folks coming in opposite directions. The slope is steep down on the Ridge side (walking counter clockwise) and there is some erosion close to the bottom but nothing too serious.
This is a popular trail on weekends so not recommended for those seeking to not run into another human being.
I'd recommend this trail for families (ages 7+), beginner hikers and those wanting a quick hike on a jammed day or weekend as this can be done in a short period of time. I think smaller kids would either get bored or run out of steam but each kid is unique so parents discretion on that one. Nothing is super hard or technical on this hike, an instant gratification, confidence building hike.

I did this just before it closed and it's a burner! The hike to the lake is moderate, very groomed, and goes through a beautiful lush forest.. but then you see the ridge and you die inside a little. You see this really steep crazy looking hill with little dots making their way up it, so away you go. I love this one because it's quite trafficked with all types of people so it ends up being a pretty supportive "WE ARE DYING AND OUR LEGS ARE BURNING BUT WE CAN DO IT" group going up. On the decent when people ask you if they're almost to summit, just say yes, it will make them feel better about their decision. Bring poles, good shoes, a rain jacket, layers, and lots of water. Maybe a change of clothes incase it's raining because my boyfriend rolled down the hill like 5 times and was a mud swamp by the end. It was snowing at the top when we got there so we only managed to get one clear-ish shot, but I imagine it would be so so gorgeous on a clear day. We also saw an animal that we were convinced was a mountain sloth. They don't exist you say? Well that's what this ridge hike did to our brains... we were so tired by the time we got up the short ridge trek that we were jumping for joy at the sight of the great Canadian mountain sloth in the snow. We also told others and they were excited about it, lots of photos were taken of this rare National Geographic wonder. Turns out it was some kind of mountain rat or marmot or something. MEH. I fed it some bread anyways, the dude lives on top of a ridge and probably only eats one fly a month because he's really really slow. Like so slow. Hence the sloth situation. Carb loaded the little creature so he is set. Do this one, preferably when there isn't a bear apocalypse though.

We did this hike the day before it closed. It was the most amazing scenery. Rawson lake is a beautiful green lake with a glacier surrounding it. The hike to the ridge is steep and slippery if it’s been raining, but the view at the top is amazing. We ran into a young grizzly down the bottom who was totally chill and minded his own business. Most beautiful experience!

Completed the full hike around the mountain. Definitely worth it to get to the top.

For people who get to the top, please pick up after yourself and stop dropping your garbage.

We hiked the loop clockwise (lake path, Jewel Pass then Prairie View), therefore, giving us a nice long warm up. It was surprising busy for a weekday, not an issue if you’re on foot; I’m sure bikers may have found this more cumbersome.

We completed the loop in 3 hours with a 10 minuite rest at the top. We ran down much of Prairie View because it started to ran. It was an easy run down because the trail was wide, even and not very steep with lots of switchbacks.

Easy walk with good mountain views and gorgeous greenish water!

Lots of people out on the trail. We got the hard part out of the way first and went clockwise... thankfully or else would have been longer more gradual climb.

We went with our youth group and everyone enjoyed a beautiful

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