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Enjoyable hike with scenic views of the spray lakes for most of the way. The campground is closed so parked at the further parking lot and walked along the road 1km to the trailhead. The initial trail was flat terrain for about 2 km but quite icy in multiple spots. Took us 3.5 hours to get to the beginning of the lateral moraine, from where the glacier would probably be visible in summer. We turned around at this point due to knee-height snow and undefined trail/glacier. Decent winter hike but lack of reward in reaching the destination. Fresh snowfall would make the trail more difficult to follow in winter. However, would recommend with variety of terrain and views.

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.

hiking
15 days ago

More time spent in the trees than Chester Lake hike, but pretty nonetheless. Far fewer people too. The trail was hard packed and we didn’t need snowshoes or cleats.

hiking
15 days ago

A really easy hike, lots of snow (winter wonderland)

Snowing when we got to the trailhead but cleared up by the time we got to the lake. Spectacular views but didn’t stay long due to the cold. Trail was snowy but well packed. Won’t be long before we’ll need snowshoes though. Will definitely do this again. If you’ve done Chester Lake- this is longer but a bit flatter. Worth the effort!

snowed all the way and close to a white out at lake so didnt get that full "wowee" feeling at the lake - will definately do it again in spring/summer. loved walking through the snowy forest.. no ice on trail (all snow). had spikes on. dogs loved it - winter wonderland! started at 9am - first tracks.

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.

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!

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.

Great Hike! Just did it on Sunday, October 14th; there was lots of snow and it was a fun workout. We got to the glacier; we were the only people doing the hike so the snow was fresh and the views were amazing. We hiked the flat part and going up the mountain and then snowshoed for a couple of hours to the glacier.

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

hiking
1 month ago

Well packed snowy trail with great scenery... gets you up into the Alpine quickly and the views at the end are phenomenal! I will definitely be back in the summer

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.

Went Oct 8 and there is 2 feet of snow. Only made it to the waterfall and lost the trail several times. Done for the season but did this in the summer and it's well worth it.

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.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Did this one today. Only about 20 people on the trail. Still a bit of snow so snowshoes or micro spikes would be recommended. Still a few larch trees with needles on but won’t be for much longer. Nice first snowshoe of the year.

hiking
1 month ago

Thoroughly enjoyable hike, early snow meant I'd have done better breaking the trail with snow shoes. Larches are looking great, the lake is now freezing over...by the time I descended there had been enough traffic to start to pack down the snow, Able to straight line the short cut through the deep snow to save a kilometer. saw moose, saw lynx tracks and the lake is spectacular. A bit more work than Chester Lake but more than worth it. Met some great people too.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A great shoulder season hike. Trail started out dry, got a bit muddy in the middle and lightly snowy for the upper third. The parking lot for nearby Chester Lake was pretty full when we passed it (so assume lots of hikers on that trail) but we only passed a few other groups on this trail. Proved to be a good hike for seeing the larches without the crowds. Pretty much had the lake to ourselves.

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

Did this yesterday (Sept 28) and it was a nice, easy hike. Nice views of both falls on the way up and the light dusting of snow made the trees look even nicer. Went a bit around the lake, the low cloud cover obscured the views of the peaks surrounding the lake but was still beautiful. We were the first ones to the lake and it was very still and peaceful. No wildlife sightings. Walking through the burned out forrest for a large part of the hike gave this trail a different feel but you can already see the regrowth happening.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the loop (clockwise) on September 25, 2018. The views were absolutely breathtaking along the ridge, it was windy so wear layers, bring snacks, and stay hydrated! I’d highly recommend this Hike. You get it all, forest, meadow, scramble, and a ridge walk — A must do in KCountry!!!

(Start clockwise as others have said).

***Please Note Late Season / Novice Hikers (May/June - Sept/Oct): During transitional months, the snow accumulation could put one at risk of a fatal accident and/or fall if you are not experienced, or prepared. During these months I’d strongly recommend not completing this hike, if you have minimal experience with scramble / ridge walking. Once you begin the scramble It would be dangerous to go back, if you did not want to carry on. There were definitely some sketchy and exposed areas with the snow. I’m sure this Hike would be a lot easier in the summer months, a brief class 3 scramble, and majority is steep hiking or class 2.

I’m no pro hiker, but definitely comfortable with a challenge and love hiking. I wanted to note the difference with changing conditions. It was dodgy in some of the snow covered sections. I also saw several people having a difficult time (some in running shoes w/ minimal gear). Please bring spikes, gloves, and have a pole handy. Stay safe and enjoy the stunning views along the ridge. Cheers!

PS: If you loose the trail after going down the tight switchbacks at the end of the ridge, turn right — follow the tree line along the ridge and you’ll find the trail again.

I have the largest fear of heights. We did it on Wednesday the 26th and did the clockwise like everyone says. I don’t think you could get down if you didn’t go clockwise as there is too much snow and it’s getting super icy.

Due to my fear of heights, I had a bit of a moment. Or five moments on the ridge. I freaked out when I realised I had to finish the hole thing.

It’s not hard physically, there is only a few parts that are steep. It’s hard mentally.

It took us 5 and a half hours with loads of breaks (since I cried once or twice) we took loads of pictures. Saw some moose on the way home!

The views were one of the best I’ve seen in my life. I’m in love! This hike would be perfect on a summers day (although the autumn colours were Devine!)

An amazing hike with constant views for only medium effort. We finished in 3.5 hours (but didn’t take much of a break at any point). It was starting to get snowy (about a foot) but still easy enough to find your way without sliding around everywhere. I’m scared of heights and never felt very exposed. I would highly recommend!

A classic hike. Exceptional views. Bit of scrambling here and there. The ridge walk looks easy but takes much longer than you think. Bring lots of snacks and water - took us 7 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Super easy but an awesome day out. Not much snow. Plenty of scenery, and a great to see the larches in full bloom, by the lake. Almost made it to the saddle but had to turn around due to incoming weather.

so beautiful and grand when we are in the midst of the mountains and lakes, the golden larch reflections on the lake is picture perfect !

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