It took about 90 minutes to get up to Rawson Lake. We were the first folks on the trail today but good thing the trail was packed with only a bit of new snow so no trail blazing was needed. This was quite a sludge on it's own, just going up hill, so I think I earned the right to call today a cross-training activity! I hiked to Rawson Lake in August and here is a then and now comparison.
We stopped to dine once we reached our destination. We found a nice spot to stand, socialize and try and eat what was not frozen. I checked my thermometer and the mercury had disappeared so that told me it was below -30 C. As long as we were moving we were fine, but once we stopped for lunch it didn't take long to get cold, so our reservation on the Lake Side lasted a mere 30 minutes.
The trip back down went very quickly as we could see sunshine through the tall trees and it was calling us. We migrated towards it and it happened to be on the far end of the Upper Kananaskis Lake. Upon arrival time, we played and basked before the sun set behind the mountain telling us it was time to move on!