Rae Lake

MODERATE 8 reviews

Rae Lake is a 15.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
627 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

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hiking
28 days ago

It’s a long hike 21 km. But it’s easy. Start at Elbow lake hike the trail on the left of the lake, stop at Edworthy Falls around half way point marked by a Cairn on the left side of the trail after you go through the valley. Do some research before going to find maps to Rae Lake or you could lost. It’s off Sheep River trail. I love this area. It’s a must see.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail June 30,2018. Initial ascent is is a bit steep to Elbow lake then the rest of the hike is on a flat wide trail with nice views along the way there was a few wet spots but otherwise trail is in great shape. When we needed to branch off and ascend the trudge up Rae mountain we needed to do a bit of route finding since it's early season and the trail we were on was almost non-existent and there are no signs. We finally found the trail up to Rae Lake which is really pretty.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

**Did a variation of the posted map**
Where the map has you turn to walk below the mountain, we continued on down the main path another 700 m to the junction with the Sheep River Trail. Walk down the Sheep River Trail for about 1.8-1.9 km. You'll see a big pile of rocks - that's your trail head (If you've walked over top of the stream [piped underneath the pathway] you've gone too far). Walk along this narrow, forested, uphill pathway alongside the river for about 1.37 km, at which point you will arrive at at Rae Lake! Taking this way in and out was 19-20 km and took about 6 hours, with a couple short breaks,
I would recommend long sleeves and pants if you want to walk along the river pathway - there are branches of all shapes and sizes at various heights.

Overall quite enjoyed this hike. Great scenery - forests, lakes, river, valleys. Hard, loose rock pathway so you'll want some thick soled shoes! Will definitely do again.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017