Friday, September 15, 2017

Rawson Lake, Kananaskis AB

This is one of the most popular hikes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. It is a fairly short hike and it offers stunning views of both the Upper Kananaskis Lake and Rawson Lake. You start at the parking lot working your way around the lake up to a fairly large waterfall. Just past the bridge you reach the junction to headed to Rawson Lake, here is where the incline starts. Finally as you finish your last switch back the well worn trail starts to level out and you reach the lake. On a sunny day the water is a dark emerald green and is stocked with trout. The hike is just under 8 km round trip and about a 320 m elevation gain.  I have done this hike 3 times and have enjoyed it every time. Snow stays on the lake until into July so make sure to read trail reports if you are heading past the lake up to the ridge. The meadows and shrubs surrounding the area are home to numerous Grizzlies so come prepared and be aware of your surroundings when entering thier habbitat.

This hike is fairly easy as long as you are alright with a fairly steady incline you should be fine. Take your time, it is worth it.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

The forest is full of mushrooms on a wet year.


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