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South Lawson Peak


  • South Lawson Peak



  • May 25, 2024



  • Ed, Oak, Dave, Erin, Kellie, Todd, Craig, Rod, Mike, Kim, Kuma



  • on Highway 40, drive south from the Trans-Canada Highway for 49 km and turn right onto Kananaskis Trail, and then 2.1 km later turn right again onto the Smith-Dorrien-Spray Trail
  • drive for another 2.8 km to reach an unsigned pullout on the right hand side of the road
  • if you get to the Peninsula Day Use Area, you’ve gone a couple hundred meters too far
  • pull in and park by the locked gate
  • note there is signage for the High Rockies Trail in the parking lot as this is the end of the section of High Rockies Trail from Blackshale to Peninsula
  • follow the flat curving road for 1.2 km (part of it is beside a flume that redirects water from Kent Creek)
  • near the end of the flume and across from a set of stairs is the trail that leads up to South Lawson Peak
  • cross a small creek and start hiking up the steep trail



Degree of difficulty:

  • 8.4 km
  • 730 meters
  • 3 hours and 45 minutes total time on the trail
  • the first few km are steep, and then it moderates before a final steep ascent that leads to the short easy scramble to the summit, which includes a false summit
  • there are some sections with steep drop offs, but there are wide ledges, so it is quite safe



Interesting notes:

  • this was our first time doing this trail, and everyone loved it so it will be on the regular rotation
  • the trail offers sweeping views of Kananaskis Country, including the Kananaskis Lakes, King Creek Ridge, Grizzly, Denny, Potts and Evan-Thomas Peaks
  • this is a good lesser known trail to view the larches trees in the second half of September
  • the trail is also known as Little Lawson
  • South Lawson Peak was named after Major W.E. Lawson, an employee of the Geological Survey of Canada who was killed in France during WW1


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