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3 days ago

Saturday 15th December 2018
We got to this trail at about 9am. We didn’t see anyone on the way up and quite a few people on the way back down! The trail we followed took us to the lake. The round trip took us about 3.5 hours.

We clocked this hike at just over 11km.

As the path is popular the trail is well walked so we didn't wear snowshoes. But spikes were needed on a few parts. We kept them on for the whole trek as the paths had enough snow on them.

The trail head starts on a road so use the toilets before the final turn. There is a toilet just before the lake too!

Nice, easy trail with very gradual elevation gain. You are mostly in the forest until you reach the lake. Good for quick a winter hike. As of Dec 8/18, the trail is hard packed snow - no snowshoes or traction devices needed, though this might change over the next few days as the snow melts and refreezes.

Bring your bear spray. Proper hiking boots and attire make the hike nice. It could be done in regular runners. (I saw a lady hiking in flat shoes - she was not pleased with her shoe choice. The view at Rawson Lake was worth it from what she said!) Lot's of snow.

Completed on December 1. Easy hike with great views. Trail was packed so no need for snowshoes yet.

hiking
18 days ago

Great easy hike to take your dog!

hiking
21 days ago

Went in the middle of October this year and it was pretty snowy and a little slick in some areas so I would definitely recommend crampons. My friend and I went during the week with my dog. We only saw 3 other people and we enjoyed the quiet, and the view. It took us about 3 hours total.

amazing hike! Unbelievable how beautiful the hike is and I definitely recommend it. Make sure to pack a good lunch because you're going to need it. A lot of incline thigh but Adobe waterfalls on the way and just beautiful in the summer!

Went out today and got up to the alpine meadow but wasn’t able to complete either side of the loop due to the deep snow. There were tracks so I imagine if you had the gear and gators then it wouldn’t have been a problem. But I was alone without gators and only crampons so I decided to duck out. I look forward to going back in the spring/summer.

Loved this trail! Great view and away from the large crowds.

Easy trail to a decent view point. If you go just a couple hundred meters up towards midnight peak the views are excellent.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views of mountains! We went in Mid Oct before the larch trees lost their needles. Beautiful fall colours! Trail was slippery with fair bit of snow at the top. Traction aids and hiking poles were definitely a benefit for this hike especially for the descent. This hike is a gradual climb up with some steep areas in the trees, flattens out near the top, then gradual climb to reach the top. It’s a nice moderate hike. Would recommend it and will definitely hike it again.

Actually been on the ridge above the'high point' and viewed on to the other side. Its lil steep but no dramatic cliffs until the ridge.

Not a hard hike, easy trail starting with trees and ending in a freezing cold lake. Be prepared for a wait at the ridge as you are essentially hiking w a huge group of people. Fun, but won’t do it again.

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.

Beauuutiful hike! Did this one 2 days ago with a friend. Steep at the end but SO worth it for the view!!! Crampons were a must.. poles could be a good idea too. When you get to the rock boulders (about 3/4 of the hike) the trail is very difficult to find. There is a path on the far left but also some other scattered all over the place. Don't stop there even if it's hard to find... you have to reach the end of it!! You will have a spectacular view of Minnewanka lake, Canmore and all the mountains (180° view)
Really enjoyed that one, would do it again in a heart beat ❤

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view at the end! Crampons and poles recommended if you want to go all the way up (the last km is really steep). Snow and ice covering the last third of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike was ok.. highly recommend crampons this time of year as half way up became quite icy. Extremely windy at the top

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.

Great hike with amazing views
Last part is pretty steep but totally worth it!
The trail is icy and there’s snow at the end but completely possible and safe. Better with poles and crampons.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

trail is a bit icy, gripons is recomended, managable in runners if you can balance well

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike great view from the top

hiking
1 month 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.

As I tell everyone I meet, this is by far my favourite hike in the world. It is an absolute thrilling adventure.

Great shoulder season hike. Gets steeper as you get close to the lake. Managed to do Harvey Pass as well but it is challenging with the snow. Make sure you are prepared if you go past Bourgeau Lake.

Amazing view!!! Made it to the top this afternoon. We only had regular hiking shoes on, but would highly recommend using crampons....we underestimated how steep and icy it was. Totally worth it though!

Excellent hike. One of my favorites

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!

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