Rawson Lake Trail via Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Rawson Lake Trail via Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail is a 7.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, 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 September.

DISTANCE
7.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
542 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

views

1 hour ago

One of the best hikes in the Kananaskis region. Steady uphill climb once you take the Rawson lake trail turn, but flattens out nearer to the lake. The lake itself is very beautiful and cozy. We went there early June, and there was still quite a bit of snow at the top. The view was so tranquil that we ended up spending over an hour there just admiring the scene. Definitely recommend this hike to everyone.

fishing
3 days ago

Awesome hike up to Rawson mostly shaded which is nice when the sun is beating down. We caught lots of cutthroat in the 12-16inch range. I was informed larger ones are present.

hiking
10 days ago

The trail was pretty mucky and a little busy but the well worth it. It’s an enjoyable afternoon hike.... the switchbacks are a bit of work but once they are done, it’s smooth sailing to the top and an easy trek down. The lake is stunning and there are plenty of spots to stop for a snack, scramble up the rock face or just enjoy the view. Two grizzlies were pacing in the meadow at the far end during our visit.

nature trips
12 days ago

well travelled trail, a little muddy in spots so watch your footing! would suggest going out earlier in the day as the trail gets quite busy. the hike took us about 2 hours round trip with a little stop for a bite at rawson lake. would definitely do again to serrail ridge for a longer hike!

Love this hike! Have done it several times in all seasons!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful Hike. Our 4 year old was able to complete it. Switchbacks get your heart going.

17 days ago

Moderately uphill climb up to the lake but a relatively short distance. The lake view alone is worth the trip.

hiking
21 days ago

Steep to start but incredibly worthwhile.

23 days ago

Easy short and view at the end just ok. Heavy traffic

hiking
28 days ago

Pretty short hike, but a nice one. For the first 4km you will be on a paved trail, after the tree line ends now you will see the water!! So nice. Still quite a bit of snow this June. Knee-high in a few places.

hiking
1 month ago

stumbled on this lake by mistake but totally worth the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

A steady up hill hike. A selection of hiking conditions from open, woodland & stone trails. Very busy when we went but not so many people at the top. It was a pleasure to discover there is a washroom at the top!
Views were well worth the hike.

2 months ago

A lovely hike with prairie views. Perfect place to see the yellow pines in the fall!

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