Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hike # 8 --Rawson Lake Trail

We just returned from the hike. This morning we looked at the possible hikes and we chose Rawson Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
 It was a bit confusing to find the place but we got to the top parking lot and found there were two other parking lots closer to the hike area.
The view of the Upper Kananaskis Lake is gorgeous. Lots of places by the lake to picnic although no fire pits allowed. There are stony places to stand and look at the rocks and the lake views. I saw folks on boats and in kayaks. Simply magnificent views of the mountains all around.
When we left the lake area the hike upwards was steep but not as bad as the hikes we attempted in Canmore. Towards the top it was mucky with lots of mud and snow. Being the klutzy sort I slipped on the mud and ended up on my side, ankle twisted yet again and the same hand squished. It maybe that my right side is going to be the stumbling side. Anyway got up and kept trucking.
Younger boy made it up to the lake and came down to find us and went up for a second time. Rawson Lake is a gem and the ice was just turning from icebergs to melt. The view around the lake of the enveloping mountains simply stunning. We stopped to snack there and on the way back by the waterfall area. Very pretty hike. It took us from noon to about four in the afternoon due to the stops we took; younger boy took much less and was waiting in Helva for us.
We had views of the mountain sheep who seem to own the highway up to the lakes. We met with some deer as well. Seems like a placid park with a lot to recommend for families. Lots of dogs and kids on this hike.
When we left we stopped at the Lower Kananaskis Lake but didn't see the hikes associated with it. We don't know what we are going to hike tomorrow. My right ankle is hurting so it might be a small hike.
Rawson Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.…

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