Explore the most popular river trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A bit muddy and waist deep snow up top as of May 19. Beautiful frozen alpine lake this time of year!

Really nice hike, the lake at the top was beautiful with the blue glacier water. Most of the trail has a lot of snow and I’d go in June when it tapers off. Be careful of the ice and snow, especially at the lake where you think you can step somewhere but end up one leg through the snow into the cold water with your foot drenched

Heavy snow on the trail now. Lots of sinking. Very few dry spots. Still a glorious view at the lake. WIll be back later in summer to see the rest.

Beautiful hike! Went with a large group of 9 people and we were not prepared for how long it is or the trails. Once you hit the nonmaintained trail it's incredibly hard on your feet so be sure to wear proper footwear. There are many rocks and tree roots you need to step on or over! Right now is the perfect time to go because the water is so clean and beautiful same as the waterfall. We didn't make it to the lake as we started late and wanted to make it back before sunset and our feet were hurting from the trail but other hikers said there was knee-deep snow still up there so would want to wait at least a month before going again. We started the hike around 12 pm and ended at 8 pm on the dot but we did go chill out at the rocks for a while which took us much longer.

We went May Long weekend 2018 and they’re was still quite a bit of snow and some parts of the trail were a little icy, nothing that wasn’t passible though. The waterfall at the start was beautiful and Rawson Lake at the top is stunning. Great to start with the view of upper Kananaskis lake too. We are going to go back when it’s clear this summer to hopefully catch a glimpse of the crazy amounts of flowers people mention! Overall great hike and would definitely do it again!

A really fun but long hike. Went yesterday May 19 and there was still lots of snow (waist-deep) on the trail from the falls to the lake. Trail finding was pretty difficult but we made it to the lake and though it was mostly frozen over it was incredibly beautiful and calm. Not many people make this trek at this time of year, so chances are you'll have it to yourself. Take caution on the chains as they can be a little slippery when wet.

The 11km to the falls, however, was very gentle and the trail was in good condition. The falls are big and gorgeous this time of year. Perfect for dogs and family outings.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing views from the ridge, looking down at Rawson Lake on one side and Kananaskis Lake on the other side. The hike to Rawson is quite enjoyable, the hike up to the ridge is challenging but well worth it for the amazing views!

on Ptarmigan Cirque

hiking
3 days ago

Nothing special when hiking the switchbacks in the tree line, but absolutely amazing views and scenery once you reach the cirque. Great hike for families, just be sure to check bear activity in the area prior to starting the hike.

One of the best views I have ever seen! We got a hot and clear day which really helped. The trail from Rawson Lake up Sarrail ridge is HARD! It’s short but straight up, loose dirt, and steep! We had good hiking boots and poles which really helped make it easier. Although I saw lots of people in sneakers and they did just fine.

Lots of bear activity today. I would wait until later in the summer before attempting this hike again.
We hiked about 2.15hrs in, almost to the campground but there was a fresh kill on the trail so we turned around.

Not too much snow until about 2 hrs in.

The little waterfalls along the way are nice but no spectacular views.

Pretty easy hike.

We went May 2nd and the trail was full of snow which made it pretty hard to walk through with hiking boots. Definitely would need cleats or snow shoes to finish it. It was pretty flat for the most part, I wouldn’t even call it a moderate hike. There are a lot of reviews about if being really scenic and breathtaking. It was nice but I wouldn’t say the scenery was amazing. Going to try it again in the summer, maybe have a better experience.

Beware if you’re allergic or afraid of bees! The trail after the lake is uphill through tons of wildflowers, and even more bees and bugs. I have no idea how I’ve done this hike so many times and not been stung! Try to be respectful and don’t stomp on any of the flowers or wander off the trail.

Breathtaking, rewarding hike with a wide variety views throughout. The first part up to Rawson Lake is moderate, but gives you a few waterfalls and glimpses of Kananaskis Lake along the way, so not as boring as treed sections usually get. I I’ve everything from Rawson Lake onwards an A+. Once you reach the lake, you will see Sarrail Ridge off to your right, but you’ll follow the trail to your left all the way around the lake. Once you start to ascend Sarrail Ridge, it gets steep and difficult. In the summer crampons were not requisite. Hitting the top views over the other side of Sarrail Ridge overlooking the lakes ranks among the best views I’ve ever seen on a day hike. It can get a bit busy with hikers at the top, but still well worth your time and energy to check this one out.

The girlfriend and I snowshoed this trail and found it to be very enjoyable. The trail up until Rawson Lake was heavily packed and easy to follow. However at the lake the trail disappeared completely and it looked like everyone hit the lake and turned back. We tried to continue on but, with so much snow fall, breaking fresh trail became tiring after another kilometer so we settled for reaching the far side of the lake, had lunch, and trekked back out. Good trail, only saw one other couple. We plan on going in the summer.

Beautiful!!! But quite hard considering I’m out of shape & it’s up up up the whole way to the lake!!!! Worth it though!!!!

Great for snowshoeing, beautiful

on Ptarmigan Cirque

4 months ago

nice scenery and outstanding view at the top

hiking
5 months ago

Sep 20 // great variety of trail, beautiful larch trees in autumn. Wish it wasn't a snowy and low visibility day, even the slight views we had were beautiful. Will be back to scramble Snow Peak!

I did this on Remembrance day. It was beautiful. The snow was up to the thigh at some point. On the way back, I could hear the avi sounds. So, just be careful out there.

Beautiful place to Snowshoe!

Nov. 2nd hike 10 cm of snow... beautiful.

Beautiful scenery. Lots of variety. Definitely need the right gear at this time of year with all the snow. Stay left of the rocky gully on the way down. It’s a bit sketchy with the snow and ice. Take the adjacent avalanche gully. Much easier and faster decent.

This was a great hike and the views from the ridge were 110% worth every step! It does get steep going up from Rawson Lake to Sarrail Ridge and the trail got muddy and slippery on the way down, but between the parking lot and Rawson Lake was fine.

hiking
7 months ago

We didnt get to do the entire loop because it was getting too windy and the snow was knee deep, but it was still amazing! we will definitely be doing this again! Cleats would be helpful. It was getting a little too slippery in the forest area.

Did this one Oct 15, 2017. Well established trail, first part along Upper Kananaskis Lake is a gradual incline. Then gets more steep as you go away from Upper Kananaskis Lake towards Rawson Lake. Used crampons on the steeper part and they were so helpful. Highly recommended. A little snow and ice which gradually got deeper towards Rawson Lake. I would rate the trail from the parking lot to Rawson as easy but I would rate the trail from Rawson Lake to Sarrail Ridge as hard. It's very steep. I wouldn't attempt it without crampons but there were lots of younger people doing it in runners. To me that's too dangerous. The snow at the top was about knee deep but the views of both Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes was gorgeous.
Btw there is a potty at Rawson Lake but make sure to bring your own toilet paper.

Amazing views!

Muddy trail, off and on sleet. The first few kilometres of the trail are rather boring but the side trail to the lake breaks it up and is beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Some snow. Not too heavy. Stunning views right now.

Amazing hike today to the top of Sarrail Ridge! Crampons came in handy about 30 min into the hike as there was snow and was a little icy in a few spots. There were a few people that made it to the top in just running shoes however! Absolutely worth the trek up, don't let the steep middle section of the climb turn you around as that's the hardest part. The view at the top is one of the best I've seen so far @ 7730 feet! Going down took about 45 min and was not as bad as we thought. Again, crampons for the win. The whole hike took us 5 hours. Words can't explain the feeling at the top. Definitely worth it.

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