Curiosity takes me to Rawson Lake, Kananaskis
It has sadly been a while since I have been hiking so I checked the weather forecast, made sure there were no trail closures for wildlife and headed out to Rawson Lake. The trail is about 1 km from the Upper Kananaskis parking lot and is a great 8km hike, but I bet very busy on the weekends. I passed by a waterfall, and then climbed up to a lovely lake in a cirque. Had the weather been better, I would have climbed up to the ridge, but I’ll save that for another time.
Chester was a trouper again as the trail is a little steep (total vertical is about 300 metres or 1,000 feet) at the beginning. I didn’t have to carry him! It does level off about half way up and when you get to a narrow wooden boardwalk, you are almost there. After passing a few groups of people who were on their way down, I got to the top and had the whole lake to myself, which was very peaceful. The sun actually came out for a few short minutes, and then the snow pellets started, so I headed back down.
I do love this time of year, with the wildflowers out and all kinds of different things growing. I saw what looked like orange gum drops on a log, and moss that was pale blue with peach-coloured blobs growing on it. A snowshoe hare which had turned brown, except for its feet, darted across the path and a pika was climbing over the rocks (I couldn’t get my camera out quickly enough).
By the time we got back to the parking lot, the wind was blowing the snow pellets quite nicely. It was 4C when we got into the van (not sure what happened to 13C and a chance of rain!).
But I’ve saved the best part (for me anyway!) for last. A short way after turning north onto highway 40, we stopped by the side of the road for this little guy who was enjoying the dandelions. He did not seem to mind the cars, and thankfully hardly looked up when I accidentally hit the horn when I was trying to climb into the back to get my camera (how embarrassing!). I think it is a grizzly – first time I have seen one in the wild.