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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 is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, fishing, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. 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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Fishing

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Lake

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Muddy

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Note: Parts of this trail can be closed due to bear activity during the summer months. It has been reported closed as of July 2020 - https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/?type=Bear%20Closure&name=Rawson%20Lake&p=20200712#48010 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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Chanelle Langlois
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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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HikingMuddyRocky

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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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

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!!

Sophia Weaver
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We did this hike today ( July 10th 2020 ) and it was incredible. It’s a long steady uphill climb so ensure you have proper footwear and lots of water. We arrived at the parking lot just after 11AM and it wasn’t too busy on the trail but it obviously got much busier. It’s muddy at higher elevations and gets cool when you’re in the trees. Wear layers as it can feel downright chilly when the sun is behind the clouds. The hike is worth it, Rawson Lake is beautiful. There was a large grizzly bear on the other side of the lake so Parks Canada may close it, check before you head up.

Colleen B
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Attempted this one today! Up to Rawson was fine, a bit muddy but doable. No snow on the trail and the lake is beautiful. We went around to the back of the lake - crossing the snow patches on top of the rocks on the left side of the lake is a bit tricky. There is still quite a bit of snow and it is very slippery. Highly highly recommend poles so you don't slide down the slope into the lake. We were getting ready to climb up to Sarrail Ridge and had a group of hikers come down that had just run into a large grizzly bear in the middle of the trail, about 1/2 the way up to the ridge. We could see him from where the incline to the ridge begins and watched him from afar for about 30 minutes. He didn't move much and no other hikers (as far as I know) attempted the trail to respect his space. I reported to Kananaskis Country dispatch so they may close the area or at least put out a bear warning for the area.

Murray Cotton
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I did Sarrail Ridge late Friday July 10th. Started at 4:30 pm reach the ridge by 6:45 p.m. Spent about 1.5 hours on the ridge taking photos and was back to the parking lot by 10 p.m. Up to Rawson Lake it is an easy hike. There was some snow you have to "skirt" around on the trail by lake heading to the approach to the ridge. The ridge approach is very steep but was in good condition - no snow slightly wet but manageable. For the final approach you need proper hiking footwear and should have hiking poles which make it much easier coming down. Great views at the top well worth the effort.

balsubramaniam subramanian
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HikingBugsGreat!Icy

Fantastic hike ! The views are amazing and as others have mentioned, the trail has some good elevation. I went on this hike without hiking poles and it was a bad idea. Do carry bugs spray and try going early before the crowds.

Mark Coffey
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it's a great hike but you've gotta get there early to avoid the crowds. For sure worth it.

Ivan Ilinskii
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IcyRocky

the last climb is challenging with some areas around 50-60° steep but is absolutely worth it. the views on the top are marvelous

Katie Heaven
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This was so fun! You must go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. We had to climb over snow to get to the trail. The trail was mud free for the most part. At the top as a 20’ saddle of snow to cross to get to the summit. The views were spectacular, totally worth the steep climb. This hike is hard and the elevation is intense. Ensure you have proper footwear! This is a MUST do hike!

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