Short Upper Kananaskis Lake Hike

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7.7 km
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154 m
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The Upper Kananaskis Lake hike is a beautiful way to explore the lake without feeling crowded at the day use area. Hiking along the shore gives new perspectives to the surrounding mountains and has plenty of options to extend your hike.

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Route Description for Short Upper Kananaskis Lake Hike

From the day use area, walk towards the lake and begin hiking around the left shore. Follow this trail over rolling elevation for almost 4.0 km. You will pass a junction to Rawson Lake, which is an excellent way to extend your trip. Just before the Rawson Lake trail junction you will cross a footbridge with an impressive waterfall. The best part of this hike is that you may hike along the lakeshore for as long as you please before turning back. Continuing further than suggested here takes you to the Hidden Lake junction and eventually the Point Backcountry campsite.

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Getting to the Short Upper Kananaskis Lake Hike Trailhead

From the town of Canmore, travel towards the Nordic Centre and continue onto the Spray Lakes road. This gravel road can be rough, and you will remain on it for 60.0 km before turning right onto Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Follow this road to the Upper Kananaskis Lake day use area.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites

    Point Backcountry

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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