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awesome trail, steady incline the entire way. views were well worth the effort

Amazing hike, beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife footprints which made it even more lovely.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike October 17th. Beautiful and not too difficult. Crampons would be helpful towards the top. Lost my prescription ray bans on the way down however! If anyone decides to go and finds them please contact me and I will be so thankful! 403 975 3514

walking
2 days ago

Completed this one two days ago. The trail is already snowed in, but well used so it's doable in hiking boots only.
This is an easy walk with lightly ascending towards the lake. Very appropriate for kids, pups and cross country skiing as well.
The views are more than amazing this time of the year.

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!

Gorgeous hike on a snowy trail. The yellow larches and mountains were stunning against the blue sky & snow. Glad that we found 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.

The beginning of the hike near the lake is flat, and enough to warm you up. Shortly after it is a steep incline up, and is slick after it rains. Once you make it up to the lake, the hike is well worth it. I brought my dog with me, and she struggled on the small-medium sized rocks around Rawson lake.

on Chester Lake Trail

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Very easy to find the trail head, with designated parking/ washrooms. Many different choices of trails, from walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing. It was a fairly easy hike up, I had beginners with me that were OK with the occasional break. The view when you get to the lake is beautiful. One of my favourite parts about this hike was the Gray Jays, if you do not like birds I highly recommend not sticking your arms/ hands out. They are very friendly.

We had snow shoes on, did not need them as the trail was well packed.

We just did Chester Lake today with our 8-year old dog. It was an awesome hike! The views are beautiful and the hike is very doable. Gets the heart pumping a little on the way to the hike, but levels out quickly and it’s quite easy to the lake.
We will definitely be doing this hike again!

hiking
7 days ago

Nice views at the lake, easy hike with slow graduation. I would rate this as heavily trafficked.

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.

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

hiking
9 days ago

I loved this hike through the snow. The fir trees were beautifully outlined in snow and the larch trees were still a bright yellow on Oct 7th. Once we made it to Chester Lake, we took a break and watched the river as it began to freeze over. Chipmunks were playing in holes in the snow, and a few other people were enjoying the views and sliding ice across the lake with the snowy mountain backdrop. Another one of my favourite parts of the trip was that we saw so much wildlife. We must have seen about 20 big horn sheep on the road as we passed through Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, and at the end of our trip, we saw a moose licking salt off of someone’s truck in the parking lot. A guy near us said he lives in the area and hadn’t seen a moose in 25 years so I felt pretty lucky since I only moved to Canada a few months ago. One of the best days on record for me.

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

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, difficult during the snow fall of September 2018 due to the amount of slippery slopes. Easily overcome with micro spikes

Steep climb that seems never ending! Amazing trail while following Kananaskis Lake then the trail turns off into the forest for a steep incline that doesn’t quit. Getting to the lake was a bit anti-climactic but perhaps this is because the lake was gray and frozen. I’m not sure it’s worth the hike just for Rawson but I would definitely do again to get to Sarrail for the reward of breathtaking views.

hiking
13 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!

Hiked on 6 October. Road access to trail head was clear and easy. Broke tail through 5-8 inches of snow. The trail was generally in good shape. View from the cirque was gorgeous.

15 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!

hiking
15 days ago

Took a chance on this hike post 60cm of snow. Trails were marked and had enough travel. Great short hike with wonderful views and the many larch on the trail were full gold.
We’ve done Ptarmigan Circe for many years at thanks giving but this hike has less wind, is quieter and still has great vistas.
Will do again. There were hikers, snowshoers and cross country skiers out today.

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’

hiking
16 days ago

Great little hike in the snow . Beautiful on a sunny day with trees filled with snow.Much of it is in the forest

Easy hike. Great views for the effort put in.

hiking
19 days ago

Seriously underrated. We came on a Sunday morning back in June and there was not a soul in sight. It's essentially just a leisurely stroll with a huge reward. I absolutely recommend this for families or those who just want a small hike for half the day.

hiking
20 days ago

Gold larch and snow mountain! Love the view and crampon hiking.

Great hike. Accessible for all levels. Follow trail signs from Burstall Pass parking lot. I would highly recommend you do it in the fall (I did it September 30). The larches are so beautiful. Explore the area at the end of the trail a bit, if you can. The views change quickly depending on where you’re at. If you’re into trail running this hike would work well. There are rocks which makes hiking boots nice, but runners would suffice.

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!

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