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This is a very difficult climb due to the steepness the whole way, but stunning views make it a pleasurable challenge. The trail was slippery and muddy on the top half which made descending difficult, so I'd recommend going when the weather has been dry. (I went on a warm day when melting snow made things slick).
It took me 2 hours to hike from the parking lot to the platform, stopping along the way only long enough to swig water and keep going. The way back down wasn't much faster (1 hr 45 min) due to the steep descent, mud/ice, and tricky footing. If I go again, I'd bring a lunch and take my time more. Today I just brought water. Altogether : beautiful views and a killer workout, just pick a dry day!

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.

Completed on the 16th of October. The initial 5-6kms of forrest is nothing special. However, once you break out into the meadows you get some spectacular views! They make it worthwhile.
The trail is covered in snow/ice at this time of year. Cleats were a big help.

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1 day ago

Amazing trail. Was very snowy, but the lake is incredibly pretty. This is a very long hike so bring lots of supplies. The fog that was over the lake came in and out of view, so you do have to wait until for a picture perfect moment!

Hiked this on Sunday October 14th. 5 hours round trip. Very challenging, poles and crampons recommended. Lots of false summits and moments where footing was pretty minimal. a lot more challenging than in the summer. take care :) Hi Bogdan, passed you on the second peak, glad you made it.

1 day ago

Amazing trail, as everyone has said it's not easy. I took the clockwise route up to cory pass but the snow was so thick at edith pass I couldn't tell where the trail was. if you're going to attempt this hike in this season I would strongly recommend crampons and poles. the elevation gain is intense and coupled with snow and ice it makes for quite a treacherous climb. the scrambles in the snow were interesting but definitely manageable. again. crampons, wouldn't have been able to complete this hike without them. No bears but saw lots of tracks!!

Good hike. Moderate effort for great views. Went oct 14. trail up to ridge is good but snow gets deep on the way down to the lakes. also poses avalanche danger in one spot. wouldn't recommend if more snow falls. Note that the map is out of date. Switch backs now make it easier.

hiking
1 day ago

October 15 hike

**review below : found half of an ice climbing spikes pair, black diamond, on the way back from the final loop. Left them under the wastebin at the trail head.

30M/32F/8 months old toddler in harness.
Quite the great hike. Starts off with a slight incline in a regrowth area with short pine-like trees. This part was muddy on the way back after the sunny day. After that you reach a forested plateau and cross a stream of ice-cold water. A little while later a last climb brings you to the openvalley with the glacier ocerhead, and you can see a plateau overlooking the valley in the distance. That’s where you can (its the best part really) head if you choose to do the last little loop after the marker saying this is no longer a maintained trail. It starts with a steep open climb/scramble after a little boulder area, culminating in (iced over at this point in the year and with some falling icicles the size of a person’s head at some point) some falls and caverns behind them. It gets easier then and you soon reach the plateau, with some little streams behind, quite gorgeous. You then climb back down in a scrambly way.
At this time of year after 2 cold weeks, the snow covers the trail and makes the scrambles a little strenuous and a bit dangerous, so walking poles are recommended. For the way up crampons also efficient (on the way down it hinders you in open snow). The wife was actually scared during the loop with the baby in the harness, but i repeat that it it the best part!
Took us all in all without breaks a good 3 1/2 hours, and we are usually a bit faster than average.

Did this hike today. Spikes and poles recommended for sure. There was alot of muddy and icy sections. this hike goes straight up to the top with no easy sections. We did make it to the top and the views were beautiful. You overlook Canmore and the surrounding mountain peaks. It took us half a day with lots of stops for rest and photo taking. The way down was very hard on the legs, and toes for us. Needless to say, I am not in superb shape and am no athlete- this hike is hard for sure but I recommend for the challenge and scenery. Don't forget to pack a lunch for the top and take it all in. Good luck :)

Nice and easy little hike. Great views. Bring a picnic blanket and a lunch and you’ll have a great day. 1st lake is the best spot to throw down a blanket for lunch.

Oct 14, 2018:
- 8h in total with lots of photo breaks
- amazing and hard, lots of snow so followed the ridge
- leave your dog at home !!!

hiking
3 days ago

This is an easy hike and has beautiful Scenery, but disappointing. The trail just end and seem very Anticlimactic. At the end you can hear a waterfall that is just out of view, unless you are adventuresome and crawl up the creek on logs and rocks. I do love the views of Heart Mountain and the beauty in the canyon. Have done this hike twice once in the spring and now in the fall. The trail was snow covered and becoming icy.

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.

4 days ago

Did this hike on October 6th. Had cleats and poles so it was manageable. The hike to the lake is pretty much all uphill so be prepared for that and bring lots of water. The trail is mainly in the forest so it only offers a few mountain views but once you get to the lake it is worth it!!! I plan on snowshoeing this one soon.

Rewarding hike. Hard to keep on the correct trail at the start so I recommend a map.

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Very nice trail despite the snow. Colors are still amazing! I’d rate this trail as moderate as the ascension was kinda smooth.

Did this hike today snow and ice on the last 1/3, crampons/cleats definitely required but worth the hike.

Gorgeous views! Saw a big moose on our way up as well, definitely will be back to do this one again in the summer.

hiking
8 days ago

Snow was pretty set in when reached the cirque . Had to cut our own path towards the top (snow was above knee deep in places) hard work and a little sketchy but worth the views.

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.

Hiked this with my wife on October 6, 2018 path is easy to follow lots of ice and snow crampons definitely recommended great views. Great way to spend the day would highly recommend this hike
I want to thank Jason Lee’s whom I met on this hike and turned me onto this app nice talking to you in the parking lot Jayson I hope you enjoy the rest of your hiking send me a friend request if you’re on Facebook maybe we can compare hikes thanks again.

hiking
9 days ago

Went on Oct. 6, snow is packed down, definitely bring crampons. That being said, beautiful hike with larches still out. The loop was not well indicated as there were no more tracks in the snow so we did out and back. Loved every minute!

6 Oct, 2018
Easy path to follow now with the packed snow trail to the first ridgeline. Once reaching the ridgeline up to Yamnuska Summit, you may want crampons, gators, and an ice axe as the snow is deep now and no official trail is obvious. The hike up to the first ridge for a nice lookout is easily done and only microspikes recommended.

Cool views

10 days ago

Absolutely beautiful and a lovely little Sunday hike. Did this today and there is a lot of snow but packed down. Easily manageable with winter boots (no spikes or gaiters). Still lots of larches to be seen. Paired this with Pocaterra Cirque which made for a more adventurous day. Highly recommend!

Love ❤️ Mountain! Challenging up but the views make it worth every step. There was a marker (red square on a cliff) that could be easily missed and then you could end up going the wrong way and getting cliffed out.
Really enjoyed the “multiple summits” ;)
The trail is a loop that offers great views the entire time.

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
11 days ago

Family friendly up until the canyon, there is a bike rack right before you go through the canyon. FYI, Discovery Pass gives you free access to the Cave and Basin

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