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3 to 4 hours / 8K return

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Trailhead: Park at the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. 160 km west of Calgary.


Description: This is possibly the nicest hike located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Locate the trail head at the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot near the southeast shore of the lake. Follow the trail west along the shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake. Shortly after passing over a small bridge located next to a waterfall you’ll arrive at the Rawson Lake trail junction.

Turn left here and continue on the trail as it steadily ascends through thick forest towards the lake. Rawson Lake is a classic example of a mountain Tarn Lake. It’s a stunning emerald green color, crystal clear and stocked with Cutthroat Trout. Fishing may or not be allowed. Check the local fishing regulations for open dates and catch & release only.

Mount Sarrail rises straight up against the back side of Rawson Lake. The surrounding meadows are bright green and absolutely beautiful. Be aware that these meadows are prime grizzly bear habitat. There is a small man made dam located at the outflow of the lake to prevent trout from escaping. Ice off is late June to early July. Rawson Lake can be very crowded in the summer months. An early morning start is recommended to escape the crowds. Ice is off Late June to early July.

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Map PDF

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5.0Very Good
Mark Townsend

Beautiful tarn lake. Great hike for younger children.

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