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South Lawson Peak is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 2,526 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Scramble

Snow

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Getting There

To find trailhead: make sure to head down the TransAlta road across from the little parking lot, follow road for 1km, turn right at snowshoe sign, and hard left after the creek by the pink/ orange ribbon to head straight up hill onto the trail.

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Patricia Collins
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fantastic little ridge hike. trail is in great condition & terrain is very pleasant the entire way. steep but not a lot of rocks or exposed roots etc. not what I call a scramble at the top just maneuvering over larger stable rocks but not quite bouldering. 4 experienced female hikers & a small dog up & down in 3.5 hours. ate lunch at the top. this is a hike anyone of relative fitness can easily do. trail is not heavily trafficked.

Iveta Kursite
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Hiked today, July 5. Trail was dry and very good condition, weather was perfect, sunny and hot on the top of the peak. Beautiful views. Met only few people on the way down. Steady hike up but my 11 year old son rated this as moderate hike.

Tara Lee
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HikingMuddy

Did this on July 1, 2020 around 2 pm - after it had rained for days and days in kananaskis. We only saw one other couple the entire time so we had the whole trail to ourselves basically. Took us 3.5 hours to go up and down with about 15 mins at the top. The trail was muddy. The conditions weren’t ideal either - hiking through the clouds, wind, rain and sleet at the top made it difficult. The clouds just barely a little bit broke at the top for us to get a couple views. The trail itself once you get onto it past the dam/creek - is very very steep but very easy to follow and navigate even if you didn’t have the map downloaded. It’s tight and narrow in some spots so if you have very broad shoulders or a large pack be prepared to suck it in haha. Not much for views along the way until you get to the top and out of the trees. Poles were helpful especially on the slippery muddy wet spots from the rain. Great views at the top and a good workout to get there! No real scramble to worry about - very steady even to the final summit.

Nina Alicbusan
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Hiking

June 25, 2020 - I would not recommend this trail if it’s raining. It was quite slippery and incredibly steep on a sunny day so I’m sure it would be worse during the rainy days. It was a flat trail from the parking lot. The steep part starts on the right side of the creek (yes you have to cross the creek when you’re at the end of the dam) ignore the bridge on the dam, the trail is not there. There is a mark on one of the trees where the trail continues. Other than that beautiful views once you pass the tree line. It was really busy that day, lots of big groups. Definitely bring bug spray or any kind of bug repellants. My dog enjoyed it and she rocked it.

mikylastehmeier .
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Hiking

AWESOME hike! Did this on Jun 22. Was lucky to see 7 bears in the drive in. It is a little confusing at the start, walk down along the creek that looks like a grass road, then you’ll reach a dam, cross the creek on the right and go right up then the trail becomes clear. Quite a steep trail but worth it! Would do this again, the view was amazing. Make sure you go all the way to the top it’s worth it and is not as bad as it looks.

Hannah Sim
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Hiking

Hiked on June 22, 2020. Awesome trail. I found the hardest part to be at the beginning but definitely not too difficult. Beautiful views, a lovely day spent in the mountains. Quite forested in the beginning so watch for ticks. Found one on our gear at the top having lunch but none of us, dog included, actually came home with one.

Alex Bjurstrom
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Hiking

Parking lot is on spray lakes road. Really nice small trail weaving through the trees the whole way up! Top section might have those with fears of heights breathing heavy, and the way down was tough on the knees. Trail got pretty busy around 10:30am

Andy Crocq
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Hiking

Awesome! No snow! Ticks! A really nice flat -ish peak right at the top There’s also a cool waterfall if you detour up river 100m when you reach the dam. No trail to get there, just walk along the river bank

Adel Ben-Harhara
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Hiking

A wonderful short hike with a good view! No winter gear is required, but a rain jacket will be useful. I was warned about ticks but found none in my case. Saturday, June 13.

Eugenia Y
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HikingScramble

I loved it! Hard but worth it

Drew Knebel
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Hiking

June 14. Great hike and super easy. light traffic. Trail is in great conditions, no snow left. Trickiest part is crossing the river at the base which wasn't difficult at all but i watched people struggle. After that its a steady climb to the top with great views once you get 3/4 up. 3.5 hrs up and down with lunch at the top

Kirk Macarthur
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steady climb- the first half i found much worse then the second. I was so careful and only sat on rocks at the peak- still two ticks on me after the hike. Awesome views at the top!

Arthur Gist
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HikingRocky

little cold start, but the sun peeked out a couple time, trying to strengthened my Ankle as i broke it three months ago, it was steep in places, but the views were marvelous, going down was slow going for my Ankle , but all in all a good hike to get up high.

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Maria Fossi
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Hiking

Hiked this June 5. Beautiful trail with hardly any snow left. Steepness level is consistent throughout but doable. You’re in the trees until the end which makes for a fun little descent run on the way back. Poles not necessary. Watch out for ticks!

Renay Antoniuk
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Hiking

Awesome hike!! Beautiful views at the top! Check yourself and your dogs for ticks.

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Janna Newton
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Hiking

A beautiful hike! Don’t go along the high Rockies trail and follow the closed road with the creek on the left. Some steep sections, but flat ones too! Not too much snow near the top. Wasn’t a hard scramble at all, can make it to the top without scrambling.

Claudia Lai
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HikingScramble

Nice and quiet hike today (June 1st). You’re in the trees a lot but once you get near the top the views are breathtaking. Patches of snow closer to the summit but doable without crampons. Fun little scramble portions to get to the summit.

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Kara Lindsey May
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike, unfortunately the ticks are very prevalent especially at the top of the hike. Trail is in great conditions, a bit of snow in the trees but mostly melted. Lots of prairie crocuses up at the top.

Vienna Klaussen
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Hiking

Beautiful views, but unfortunately there were many signs of ignorant people littering and leaving toilet paper, wrappers, and fruit peels all over the place. I picked up a decent amount of trash throughout the hike. Very disappointing.

Olga Sulimina
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HikingBugsScrambleSnow

Gorgeous view! Managed without crampons, gaters will be beneficial, otherwise expect your feet get wet. We found a couple ticks, try avoiding sitting on a grass, do thorough checks! Little scramble on the ridge right before the peak.

jack carlin
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cool hike. great views. didnt find any tics (yet haha) little bit of snow at the top but doesnt slow you down too much

Christoph Muggers
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Very snowy approaching the top crampons would definitely help. Great view

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Emily Burtt
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Hiking

Still a bit snowy at the top. Gators wouldn’t hurt but not necessary. Found a tick on us and other parties we passed on the trail said the same. Fantastic views and good grade - not too steep.

Beau-Ray Gauthier
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HikingScramble

Great views, steady incline to the top. My hiking partner found two tic’s on himself, and I found one on me as well. We started hiking at 8 am on Monday May 18th and there were bear tracks following the trail most of the way up the mountain. Take the proper precautions.

Melissa Yanitski
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

Did this hike today (May 16). Great spring hike. Got a little confused on where to go when we got to the Kent Creek “Danger” sign, but there’s a trail about 30 meters back to the east that you go up that you need to take. Dry for the first 1/3, then you start seeing snow. As you get closer to the top of the mountain you will start seeing knee and thigh deep snow. If you have good footwear and poles you should be fine. Wore microspikes coming down which prevented me from slipping. 2/4 people in my group found ticks on them after the hike so do a thorough check of yourself after.

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