Rawson Lake Ridge -
Mt Indefatigable looks
lovely today! One of my first scrambles.
Sarrail Creek falls at the
1.1km mark, the left
hand turn to Rawson Lake is just around the corner at 1.2km.
The scenic Rawson Lake in the
cirque below Mount Sarrail, ascent ridge is at the back of the lake
to the right
View of the ascent ridge
Looking back as we head
clockwise around the lake
Nearing the back of the lake
The route up the ridge on a
footpath with no switchbacks
A view of the rocky section
which leads to the high point. Our group went just to the ridge top,
not to the high point.
Looking back down on our
View of Rawson Lake from start
of the ascent slope
One tricky part as the trail
is a bit faint here
Near the ridge top, nice
little spot just past the rock outcrop with trees on it
Allan A or yours truly
The difficult scrambling
section in order to reach the further high point seen just behind.
Will have to go back and attempt lower down another day.
Hidden Lake to the left and
Three Isle Lake just right of center
Mr. Phil catching the views.
Mehwa and Marco
obviously enjoying the sport of scrambling!
Congratulations you guys! Hard work but the views are incredible!
Just chillaxing with some of
the best views anywhere! Got the chips, the treats, the coffee, what
more could you ask for?
Rawson Lake Ridge – Sarrail Ridge
Scramble: Class 1 – Very Steep Hiking if only
to Ridge, Class 4+ Difficult Scrambling to the High Point
Altitude: 2,380m (7,800 ft) approx
Elevation Gain: 660m (2,165 ft)
305m (1,000 ft) to the Lake, 355m (1,165 ft)
to the Ridge
Ascent Time: 2 – 2 1/2 Hours to Ridge Top
Best Season to Scramble: July - September
Rawson Lake is a beautiful spot in a high
alpine cirque reached via a good switch
backing trail, the steep strenuous trail
beyond the lake to the ridge offers
outstanding views of the upper Kananaskis Lake area and its
Always watch for any bear warning signs
posted in this area by the wardens.
Head west out of Calgary on the TransCanada
highway # 1 for 79km (49.4 miles) and take the Kananaskis
Country highway # 40 turnoff and head south. If your base is
Banff head east on the TransCanada for 52km (32.5 miles) and
turn south on route as above. Drive south for 49km (30.6 miles)
and take the right hand turn into Peter Lougheed Provincial
Park. Follow this road for approx 14 km (8.8 miles) and take the
left hand turn into the upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot which
has the boat launch. If you go past this turn you will end up at
the North Interlake’s parking lot for Mt Indefatigable which is
approx 1km (.6 miles) further.
The trail starts at the northwest end of the
parking lot near the washrooms. This takes you clockwise around
the upper Kananaskis lake for 1.2km. At approximately 1.1 km you
come to the Sarrail Creek falls and cross over a wooden foot
bridge. Just around the corner from here you will make a left
hand turn and start up the 2.7 km nicely switch backing trail to
Rawson Lake. At the lake to the left there is another washroom.
Sarrail ridge is the large slope on the right
side of the lake. To access the trail to the ridge make your way
clockwise around the lake and follow the steep footpath up to
the ridge top with increasingly attractive scenery developing.
There is a higher point along the ridge but
requires difficult scrambling to overcome. For experienced
scramblers and climbers only. Assess your abilities and the risk
before attempting. In viewing the difficult point on the ridge
there did appear to be an easier route lower down perhaps 150
feet elevation loss where easier access may be granted. Further
investigation on my part is required. On the other hand the
views to just the ridge top are more than worthwhile!