Rawson Lake Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews

Rawson Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3021 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

muddy

1 day ago

1 day ago

still quite a bit of snow (may 21) so highly recommend proper hiking boots but crampons aren't necessary

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail; still very snow packed (on May 21). The lake is still frozen over too. Beautiful nonetheless!

5 days ago

We hiked this trail in mid August. High traffic on the day we went, with many areas bottlenecked on the switchbacks. Steep climb at the end of the trail, with some beautiful scenery at the lake itself. Another highlight was some nice photo ops at the falls midway along the trail.

hiking
21 days ago

24 days ago

Lots of snow but a great hike! Stay on the well groomed narrow trail for a good hike. Excellent views at the top around Rawson lake

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike, steep incline at the beginning got the blood pumping (in not in tip top shape) and the views at the lake are fantastic. Did the hike twice and successfully fished for cutthroat trout each time. Grizzly activity on the west ridge above the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with a beautiful lake at the top. Trail was relatively low traffic so we were surprised to see so many people at the top.

There were fishermen at the lake so I am assuming if you're licensed it is a authorized spot for angling.

We had also just missed a bear on the trail so be sure you are well equipped with a bell and bear spray.

3 months ago

Great winter hike in the snow

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Beautiful views of Upper Kananaskis Lake to start and Rawson Lake did not disappoint at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Great dog friendly trail! Fishing steep climb up to ridge... beautiful scenery!

hiking
6 months ago

I would say this hike would be considered hard, just for the first half because there is a pretty decent incline but towards the middle it is much more level with an occasional climb. Right now a good portion of the hike trail is covered in very slippery ice, so I would recommend ice cleats or hiking poles. Altogether the top makes it worth it with a very peaceful frozen lake!

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely stunning views! There were a surprising number of people on the trail for shoulder season. Lots of beautiful snow. I disagree with the rating of "hard". I found this to be a quick and easy hike. Park in upper kananaskis lake lot and walk around lake trail until you reach signs for Rawson Lake trail. Enjoy!

6 months ago

I've done this twice and both time I've enjoyed it. first time I've done it with a friend and the other time did it with my son and the same friend.

7 months ago

7 months ago

I loved this hike! It was a nice moderate incline. Beautiful green moss and a nice waterfall to take pictures in the beginning.
The lake was gorgeous and the mountain range was beautiful. I tried to do the scramble but scared myself as I didn't feel comfortable with the shoes I was wearing and it was a tad slick.

7 months ago

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8 months ago

Such a beautiful hike, but if you plan on doing the scramble I would definitely bring poles!