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Sarrail Ridge via Rawson Lake Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 3,497 ft Route type Out & Back

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Note: Parts of this trail can be closed due to bear activity during the summer months. Please check here for status updates: https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/peter-lougheed/rawson-lake/ In winter, this trail is considered backcountry and an avalanche hazard exists. Please exercise caution and refer to the park page for more information. Proper footwear and poles recommended.

Proper footwear and poles recommended.

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Rohan Kumar
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Rohan Kumar
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Taylor Groulx
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Mamma grizzly and cub feeding on and around the trail in the morning. We were lucky to spot her before getting too close, because we definitely could have startled each other since they were right on the trail (startling a momma grizzly...never good) They spent most of their time ON the sarrail trail - definitely keep an eye out if you happen to be going there anytime before noon.

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mark lu
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Colleen B
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FYI: This trail is closed as of July 26, 2020 until further notice due to multiple bears feeding in the area.

Shar Ayala
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Amazing views at Sarrail Ridge! We did it just before the closure (again). We didn’t see any bears but it was closed because of 2 grizzly moms.

Ofer Mogilnicky
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Phenomenal views!!! Hard steep hike after the lake, incredibly worth it keep pushing through!! Great thing there were lottts of people because there was a grizzly mama and cub on the right side ridge. So everyone went left instead and it was still wicked!! Plus a mountain goat buddy chompin awayyy Insta: ofer_em

Katelyn Bertrand
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Did this hike earlier today before it closed up again. The hike to Rawson lake is easy with a nice well defined trail. Once you hit the lake it is straight up to the ridge so be sure to wear proper footwear! We did not use poles and were fine. It’s a grind to the top but definitely worth it for the view. We did see a grizzly from the ridge.

Braheem Ali
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Diverse and lovely incorporating walking within trees, no shade hiking, falls, lakes and panoramic views. The first half of the trail starts easy then moderately steep then back easy around rawson lake. It is under tree shade for this portion. Then it becomes steep with scrambling all the way to the top of the ridge. The part is with no shade. Very recommended trail though please be careful as well as vigilant. The top is risky and some times bear activity is observed.

Brian Comeau
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The Rawson Lake and Sarrail Ridge trail was closed by the Province due to bear activity on the morning of Sept 18th. According to the sign has been closed for a few days now. Check current conditions @ https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/?type=Bear%20Closure&name=Rawson%20Lake&p=20200712#48010 I checked the night before and did not see any closures, but must have missed it.

Sandrine Theriault
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Amazing views at the top. Definitely worth it but NOT for beginners. Steep and difficult. Hiking boots and poles necessary. We did this hike on July 10 and saw a bear. We had to wait for him to get down the trail before going forward. I think they closed the area since then.

Chanelle Langlois
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Brian Dunn
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Martina O.
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As of July 11, there is a bear closure - https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/?type=Bear%20Closure&name=Rawson%20Lake&p=20200712#48010 We did this hike yesterday, absolutely majestic, worth the long hike. We took our time, it took about 3 hours up, 2.5 hours down. Do come early in the morning, 6am, 7am, as it gets busy after that. There was a mother and cub bear, they were not aggressive when we were there, just lying on the grass by the lake relaxing. NOTE: If you plan to make it to the top, you must be a skilled hiker with hiking boots and poles. The ascent up the mountain is tough, descent is even tougher (Lose small rocks, gravels). The part where you ascent to the top is NOT a beginner’s hike.

Mallory Kosterski
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CLOSED - Bear Closure. https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/?type=Bear%20Closure&name=Rawson%20Lake&p=20200712#48010

Mohammad Pmb
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we completed July 11th, excellent hike and great views. we saw the grizzly and her cub just where the climb for ridge starts, but they were both very friendly and cute! since the trail is usually crowded, you dont need to worry about anything, but have your spray with you. the trail was fully open all the way.

Christina Felice
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Great trail. Took us about 4.5 hours. Wasn’t bad. Having poles would have been easier. Worth the view. Pretty steep climb to the top. Not for a beginner hiker. Would highly recommend. Saw grizzlies and a moose! Trail was busy. Expect delays and waiting for people to pass.

Ine Vandenwyngaert
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Awesome trail! When getting to Rawson lake some people were telling us about a grizzly roaming the area to the top of Serrail ridge. We were doubting a bit because of some comments but saw people doing it either way. So just asked to others going up if we could join (so we were 4 total). The trail was hard but totally worth it!!! Didn’t see the grizzly at all! The snow conditions were okay! I am really not a technical hiker but could easily make it across the few little patches around the lake. I definitely recommend going up to the ridge. It’s just so epic and can’t get any better view along the trail!!

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