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Rawson Lake and Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Rawson Lake and Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and fishing and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,991 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

fishing

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Note: Parts of this trail can be closed due to bear activity during the summer months. Please exercise caution.

hiking
muddy
7 hours ago

Slow steady incline to the top but worth the incredible reward of seeing the lake! Very muddy right now and some snow at the far end of the lake. Saw lots of dogs and slightly older children doing well on the trail.

hiking
muddy
22 hours ago

Great place, a little bit muddy after raining.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Hiked today with a few showers. Very muddy throughout. Worth the climb to the lake. Ensure go all the way to the back. Mini water falls created by the melting snow create the interesting sound of nature as you approach Mount Sarrail. Will definitely do it again when drier.

hiking
4 days ago

Great views right from the start. The effort of the climb is rewarded with gorgeous lake and views. Muddy on top, recommend mosquito spray.

hiking
5 days ago

Lovely lake, but quite busy. Certain trails were closed off for bears when I went.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Absolutely wonderful hike for a warmer day, very well shaded for some sections to keep you cool. A little snowy near the end but easily avoided. Had a wonderful time!! Great spot for a picnic at the end before heading back down also.

hiking
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Fishing the falls

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

Great trail! Have done this hike many of times, definitely easier this time of year once the snow has melted

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 days ago

Nice short hike. The steady incline is pretty manageable however there is lots of mud and some snow near the top but it’s fine. The lake is beautiful, we didn’t go all the way around due to a later start but i’d love to go back and go further.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
10 days ago

June 23, 2020 | Started this hike at 7pm and returned just after sunset. This was the perfect time to go, because the trail was quiet. We only saw a couple of other groups on the trail (which is unheard of for Rawson Lake), and by the time we got to the lake we had the place to ourselves. There were a ton of mosquitos so we didn't take a ton of breaks, and as you approach the lake the ground gets quite muddy but it is avoidable. The last kilometre or so that takes you around the lake was essentially a walk through packed down snow, though in places you must be careful as if you were to fall to one side you could end up in the icy waters. Overall, a great time!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
11 days ago

Great hike however, there's still quite a few mud patches towards the end. I think the trail needs another 10 days until it's in perfect condition.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
11 days ago

paddle sports
muddy
snow
11 days ago

Hiked this yesterday morning. Summer conditions until about half way up, then it becomes very muddy, slightly icy, and there are patches of snow. Rawson Lake had some ice on it and heavy foot traffic made it very muddy. There weren't many other hikers going up, but on the way down it was insanely busy. No one social distancing at all. when we arrived at 9am there were only a few cars, but when we finished the trail, it looked like a music festival with crowds of tourists and cars backed up to the main road! Huge groups of people from Calgary, desperate to get away I guess, were setting up tents. I see why Calgary has far more cases of Covid 19 than Edmonton. The hike itself is stunningly beautiful. The waterfall is awesome. It's uphill most of the way though. We measured it as 5.6 miles (9.01 km) round-trip which is longer than the trail head map claims.

Beautiful lake and scenery - quiet and still in the morning. But our descent on a Saturday afternoon was very crowded with so many people coming up.

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