Little Lawson Hike

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8.9 km
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770 m
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Little Lawson Hike

The Little Lawson Peak route (also known as South Lawson) is a straightforward trail that takes users to an incredible viewpoint. The trail travels straight up the ridge from the highway, making it very easy to follow. It is a great option in the early and late season as it isn’t dangerous and it rarely has snow along the ridge during hiking season.

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Route Description for Little Lawson Hike

Little or South Lawson is a beautiful ridge walk that is generally known for its long season. The trail follows the Penstock Loop to start before turning into the South Lawson Route. It climbs through the forest up the ridge on easy terrain. As you gain the ridge, the views continue to open up. The final summit ridge has dramatic views looking over to Kananaskis Lakes and Sarrail Ridge. Take in the panorama off the summit before returning the way you came.

Getting to the Little Lawson Hike Trailhead

From Canmore, follow signs to the Nordic Centre and make your way onto the Spray Lakes Road. Continue on Spray Lakes Road until Penstock Loop road at Kent Creek. Park on the left side of the highway at a pullout and find the trail in the woods.

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  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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