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D5: Rawson Lake & Sarrail Ridge - Difficult Hike




Where: Upper Kananaskis Lake (Peter Lougheed P.P.)

Max: 10-12 people.

Distance: 11 km (roundtrip)

Elevation gain: 660m (Calgary tower is 191 m)

Hiking time: 5-6 hours (Only an estimate). 

Difficulty: Strenuous hike.  

Skill level: A good level of fitness with strong legs required.This is not a beginner's trip. This is an alpine scramble and you must be comfortable with the elevation and heights. I'll be asking your level of experience.

Pace: Slow-Moderate

Hazards: Mountains are obviously dangerous places! Bring your bear sprays. 

Trail Conditions: Clear. 

• There'll be a river fording!!!

Weather Conditions:

Driving/Carpooling: The trip starts at Upper Kananaskis Lake Day use area. Trailhead is located at the south end of parking lot.  

Mandatory Gear: Backpack (20+ litres with straps), waterproof hiking boots, sandals, trekking poles, windstopping shell layers, food and snacks, at least 3 litres of water, gaiters, headlamp, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen, first aid kit (minimum blister and wound care kits).

Optional Gear: Camera, map and compass, GPS, sunscreen, sonic balaclava, fire starter.

• Do not bring the following:Jeans, casual shoes (including sneakers/trainers), cotton layers, small running packs.

COSTS: CORA membership is $20. If you are not a CORA member, you're required to make paypal online payments. (Trip organizers will not accept cash payments). There are two options: (1) Paying $20 and purchasing a full annual membership. (2) Paying $5 as a casual day hiker. 

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to the trip. Friday/Saturday late night cancellations will result in having 'No Show.'

During the trip, you are expected to follow the trip organizer(s) and stick with the group. However, CORA trip organizer(s) are NOT certified mountain guides, but only experienced hikers volunteering and sharing their knowledge. As such, you are responsible for your own safety and equipment.



My cell phone is #[masked]

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."

Henry David Thoreau

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  • Pam

    PS....laughing out loud at the photo of the raven. I am still not convinced he is an actor...but maybe..?

    September 22, 2013

  • Pam

    Giving this hike 5 stars because Ugur managed to arrange sunshine on the peak as I had requested despite the clouds and intermittent drizzle on the ascent. The views were amazing, but the company made the day for me. Such a warm and positive group. Hope to see everyone on this hike again soon :)

    September 22, 2013

  • U. P.

    It was another great day in the mountains, though kinda chilly at the top, we got to see the first snow fall of the season. This ridge is truly a gem, and I'd do it in a heartbeat again. Cheers for the tips about Indefatigable, Heath; now it's definitely on my list. As well, welcome to the new CORA members, and hope to see you soon out there again.

    September 22, 2013

  • U. P.

    Once again, I must remind you that until you're confirmed CORA 2013 Member, I cannot add you into the RSVP list. Payments are made online, and CORA organizers can no longer accept cash on the trailhead. As soon as you're confirmed as Member 2013, I'll move you into the trip.

    September 16, 2013

    • Irina

      Hello, I made my payment online earlier today (sorry for the delay!)...can I come on the hike tomorrow morning? I am not sure since I still see my name on the waiting list. I don't drive and I don't know if there is room for me in a car...?! I'll take a chance and will be there at the meeting point for 8:30. You can text me at[masked] thanks!

      September 21, 2013

    • U. P.

      I got you in. See you in the mornin'.

      September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love this one, the views on the Kananaskis lakes from the ridge are awesome. If you have time I would suggest you to get to the ridge highest point, picture from Truedino website:

    September 16, 2013

    • U. P.

      Why don't you come with us Stephane? ;) It's been a while.

      September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes quite a while. Well an another time, Sunday it's gonna be Mount Cory, have fun.

      September 16, 2013

  • Tiffany P.

    Nice choice Ugur! Look forward to seeing everyone again! Will be in Canmore Saturday night so i will meet you at the upper Kan. parking lot/day use area if that is possible (?).

    September 16, 2013

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Membership dues

CAD20.00 before first trip

This covers: Annual Membership

Payment is accepted using:

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  • Cash or check - “Payment must be made before attending your first trip of the year with CORA. Your Membership will be valid until the next AGM.

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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