Each week we will come at you with a new hike in the Canadian Rockies that has been tested by us. We will give you some feedback and some tips on when to go, where to go and how the trail was. The first Hike we will chat about is Rawson Lake.
Trail Head: Upper Kanaskis Lake
Distance Round Trip: 8km
Elevation Gain: 305 meters
We recently visited Rawson Lake on Fathers Day and took our two boys ages 2 & 4 years old. We carried both in our hiking backpacks all the way up, and our oldest walked the whole way down. The hike starts off following along Upper Kanaskis Lake then takes a Left off the trail with a clearly marked sign. This is where you begin your steady uphill climb to the lake. It is about 2.7km to the top from here. It was quite snowy as you get to the top, however it has likely all melted now. The climb to the top has many switchbacks. Once you get to the top you can hike a bit around the lake and even scramble up the grassy slope at the corner of the lake. It has amazing views from there although it is very steep. You can even fish at the lake. We recommend bringing a lunch and having a picnic before turning back.
The trail on Fathers Day was quite busy closer to the top. There was a lot of waiting for people to pass and get by as the snow made it difficult, as well as kept the trail narrow.
Try going midweek and early in the morning.
The Acorn and Leaf Crew