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Did without spikes today as light snow covering in places and bare for parts of hillside. I would take spikes with you regardless, in case it ices up or gets more snow. Fantastic views all the way along the ridge, and I wouldn't rate this as difficult as the elev gain is certainly there, but there is little to no exposure and good trail all the way to the summit. Powerline ROW for the first (and last) hour eases you into it and is a well defined trail if you want to start or finish in the dark. Reminder that this trail will be closed December 1 - June 15 for wildlife management so if you want to check it out you have the rest of the month.

Fantastic hike! Definitely one that will take some work, but it’s more than worth it for the views all the way up!

It looks photoshopped in real life.

Got here right after sunrise and finished right as the bus loads of tourists arrived in the parking lot. Very pleasant surprise and absolutely gorgeous. Saw only 2-3 other couples hiking. Ends with a waterfall but that’s not even the best part of the trail. One of my favorites.

We had heard that making it to the summit in the snow is a different story and it's all true!! we had no issues until amphitheater and then lost the trail afterwards as there was 1.5 feet of fresh snow covered the trail. We made our own trail and reached the false summit instead of getting around it and that's where we noticed we need to descend the icy steep rock of the south face of that false summit. very scary!! After this point we manage to continue about 500 m where I suggested to turn back due to high risk of slip and fall hundreds of feet. You will definitely need crampons, axe and the experience of hiking this trail in summer to give it a shot in winter.

This trail is nice all throughout all the seasons, it’s a bit strenuous once you start going up but the switchbacks offer some relief. I hiked this trail last week and it had quite a bit of snow so make sure you bring some clamp-ons if you have them.

Beautiful Hike. The scramble up to Sarrail Ridge can be a bit of a grind but not too difficult. Be sure to wear the proper footwear. The views from the ridge are incredibly stunning, you won't be dissapointed.

Did this as part of our yearly trip in September 2018. Was an amazing day and the weather was beautiful family friendly hike for all skill levels

25 October. Good summit. Plenty of snow but with cleats/poles it’s all good. The trail gets a little lost above the tree line, but some switchbacking and imagination it’s all good.

Really tough hike for someone looking to put a beating on the legs. There are a few different routes up the mountain. We took the shortest, steepest route to the summit. It took 3 hours up and a little over an hour down. Poles are a must unless you take the longer, less steep trail.

The hike around the lake is pleasant; mostly flat as you would think. I did the full loop a couple of months ago before I signed up with AllTrails. Takes about 5 hours or so for the full loop. Today I just did the short walk from the parking lot that is between the upper and lower lakes to The Point backcountry campground and back; pleasant easy 3 hours or so. A few icy spots today but no big problem.

This hike is incredible. My boyfriend and I did it yesterday with perfect weather. We started around 1pm and got back just as it was getting too dark to be hiking (7pm). We are inexperienced in the ice and snow (we are an Australian-Croatian pair) but persistent. We had no gear to speak of but we went steadily and were totally ok. I wouldn't recommend doing it with out tractioned footwear if you're not prepared to feel a bit uncomfortable. His shoes were pretty grippy but I felt like I was on ice skates for the lower part of the hike. I would have had to go on my bottom for parts of it if not for him. Once we got half way up to Rawson Lake it was snowy rather than icy and then heading up the ridge the snow turned to mud. Its a tough slog to get up the ridge but well well worth it!

A must see if you are in and around Banff .. short drive up and the scenery is spectacular .. I’ve has started to build up sonic you have some cleats handy, make sure you bring them along .. ok, lookout does get crowded however, not a reason not to miss out!

Amazing view, but not the best experience. The lookout is so crowded, it’s like a mosh pit.

Note that the trail is icy. However, as of the 20th of October, the bus road is closed, and not as slippery. Best that you walk up this road if you don’t have cleats.

An easy and relaxing hike with some pretty views. It was 17km which is a lot of walking but good if you want to take your time and spend the day out there. Lots of water spots for the pup to play in!

Just finished this hike (Oct 16th) hiking to Rawson lake is fine and packed down easy trail to the lake and around it. When you start to go to the ridge you need spikes and hiking gear - right now there is lots of snow but the beautiful weather is making it super slick in some areas. It was a steady incline I did it with my dog and completed the whole thing within 3.5 hours (I do stop and take lots of photos) coming down was awesome - I slid on my butt it was great! The views are just beautiful and well worth the incline trail. Highly recommend this! However I would do it during the week like I did - barley anyone it was really nice and only saw myself and two other small groups go to the ridge.

Absolutely stunning.
Clockwise-route, as previously stated.

I cannot express how much I loved this hike; stunning winter views made for an incredible day in the mountains. However, I cannot say that I would do it again until spring (or a melt!).
There is currently 2ft of snow throughout almost the entirety of the route, and there are many exposed areas and sketchy scrambles because of a mix of snow, rock, and ice. Don’t attempt without proper equipment (spikes, poles, snowshoes).

We went on a beautiful, sunny, 2-degree day, and by the time we reached the ridge the wind picked up significantly, which required a much more thoughtful continuation of the route. The exposed areas do make turning back very risky, so once you're in, you're in!

We were lucky to be following one other very experienced pair, which made trail finding on the way down the ridge easier. Without them, it would have been very difficult to find our way down with quickly changing conditions and lack of trail markers ( which may be covered by snow).

All in all, an incredible hike! Just be warned you should be fully competent with ridge hiking in snow/ice, have proper equipment, and be knowledgeable of the area.

I was here yesterday before sunrise. Unfortunately the bridge was blocked off with closure signs. I thought it was opened up again for winter, I guess they have more work to do? the trail head was closed at the time I went.

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

Hiked to to the ridge on October 12, 2018. If you are just going to Rawson Lake, regular hiking boots will be fine and you don’t need winter pants and the trail is packed down. Beyond that I’d recommend boots, pants and maybe spikes and snowshoes (I didn’t have the latter two). The trail around the lake and beyond gets filled in with snow from the wind. There are sections going up the ridge that we’re extremely icy or completely filled in with snow. At the top of the ridge, the snow was drifting so I was waste deep in it trying to get a photo or the other side. Very happy I had ski goggles as it was windy and the blowing snow was strong. Took 4 hours roundtrip - my moving time was 3:30 as I stopped to chat with a few people along the way AND you need to take a breather every 15-40 steps going up the ridge in winter gear.

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1 month ago

Great trail, minor scramble at the top. But windy and chilly. Amazing views.

Trail closure extended for the winter season 2018/19. The early snowfall and smoke this year delayed the new trail alignment so it will be completed in spring 2019 then reopened!

Loved this hike! Falls were breathtaking. Started mid morning and passed a few people on route going to and from- shared the falls with only one other couple. If you’re in the area, this hike is a must!

5 starts for the lake itself but too crowded for my liking.

This was one of the most difficult hikes I’ve been on, but one of the more memorable as well. To begin with, we were forced off the trail within the first ten minutes by a large grizzly, so BRING YOUR BEAR SPRAY! It doesn’t take long before the the trail starts to incline, and it only gets harder the further you go. We had to take several rests just on the leg up to Rawson Lake. Apart from a small waterfall, there isn’t much to see until you actually get to the lake. But then things change dramatically.

It was early June and there was quite a bit of snow yet, though a lot of the slope heading up to Mt Sarrail was free of snow. The aforementioned climb, however, is a killer. I think we must have stopped every 15 meters for breath. At least we had much to look at, and some curious ground hogs to keep us company. But the truly spectacular view at the top made it in every worthwhile. Pictures cannot do it justice. Be mindful of the extremely bold chipmunks up there. They will not hesitate to make contact, nor get into your pack for a snack.

Coming back down was still laborious, and a little tricky in the snow-covered areas. If you decide to go off the beaten path, take serious precautions. A man was fatally wounded after slipping on snow and falling from some height as we were descending. Without an emergency phone, it’s at best a 90-minute jog back to get help, and even longer for it to arrive. It took us 2.5 hours to walk back. Again, be mindful of bears, as much of the trail does not offer great line of sight either way. Altogether, though, this was an amazing, beautiful hike that I suspect a lot of people don’t know about...I didn’t until my fourth trip to the region. And even though it’s a challenging climb, it’s sooooo worth the effort.

Snowy, but packed-down trail. We used microspikes and so didn't have an issue going up or down steeper sections - which could be slippery had we not had them. Upper Kananaskis Lake was lovely in the sunny clear day we had and Rawson Lake was beautiful with the snow everywhere. The snow did mean that there was serious avalanche risk and a less defined trail from the end of the Rawson Lake trail. We decided the risk wasn't worth it and turned back without continuing to Sarrail Ridge.

It is a long trip taking more than 6 hours (with lots of photos). We saw lots of different mushrooms along the trail’

Very pretty view of Peyto Lake right after the snow storm. Please wear the proper gear as we saw people slipping all over the place. Take the trek up to the left to view beautiful snow covered forests.

Did this hike yesterday. Beautiful easy to follow trail. Some good inclines from kilometre 1 to 3 then it flattens out. Lots of snow once you get to the lake and quite slippery on the rocks walking around the lake. We didn’t attempt to go to the top of the ridge - it looked too icy to come back down but we will be back next summer to make it to the top!

just did this hike yesterday and it's was perfect! lots of steep inclines but the veiws are beautiful highly recommend this hike

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