Great snowshoe up to Rawson Lake, about 300m of elevation gain. A really nice, varied trail, winding through a spruce tree forest, across a minor stream (bridged), over a hill and down into an extremely scenic lake.
We were up on a clear sunny day with excellent visibilty facing a larger lake than I realized and a magnificent view of the mountain complete with cirque and col. Had to take 3 shots of the camera to fit it all in.
The snow was really nice, but take a step 1/2 meter off of the trail and you're up to your shins in snow, even wearing the big Faber Snowshoes.
A very worthwhile hike in any season, rated for a beginners, not very difficult at all.
Take exit 118 from Hwy 1 (Trans Canada) near Morley (east of Canmore) and follow #40 south into Peter Lougheed Prov. Park. Follow road past Pocaterra Hut and turn left into Upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot (just after William Watson Lodge). Real easy to find. The trailhead begins here which is situated on Upper Kanaskis Lake (another photo op).
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Posted By: yomo360
- Tue Feb 19 18:35:38 EST 2013
UpsideJust did this snowshoe trail on Saturday the 16th. Trail was good. We brought crazy carpets for the ride down. It was definitely worth it!
Posted By: ecpohl
- Sun Feb 26 10:38:58 EST 2012
UpsideHiked this yesterday and it was absolutely beautiful. A steep climb but worth it! Lots of snow slightly off the trail.
Posted By: mc2cfo
- Mon Jun 08 15:05:38 EDT 2009
UpsideShort enough that a six year old and four year old made it without too many bathroom breaks.
DownsideIn the summer, still very muddy at the top before the lake.