Rawson Lake

  • Backpacking
  • Hiking
  • Mountains
  • Trails

Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

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This easy hike in Kananaskis Country is about 7 km/4 mi roundtrip and brings you to a pristine lake surrounded by alpine meadows and mountain peaks. Start at the trailhead just west of the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot. From there, you’ll hike along the lakeshore briefly — passing a waterfall and creek — before heading up a steep slope for about 1.5 km/1 mi. The rest of the journey isn’t too long or strenuous (the elevation gain is only 300 m/1000 ft) and well worth it for the views of Rawson Lake, a gorgeous green lake beneath Mt. Serrail. Enjoy the views, and perhaps take the opportunity to stop for lunch, before heading back. Note that the journey can take as long as 6 hours and that grizzlies have been spotted at the south end of the lake.  

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