Rawson Lake is the perfect half day hike localed in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park near the Upper Kananaskis Lake - or whole day if you have little ones or want to explore the terrain around the lake.
Mount Allan is probably one of the closest you can get to a scramble and still call it a hike! I've done this one twice now - and loved it both times. Awesome views and a two-summit day make this one very highly recommended. On the way up Mount Allan you summit Olympic Summit, which is kind of a fail since it's only a minor bump. Oh well. I'll take easy summits any time I can! :)
On Saturday, July 21 2012 I decided to take the family on a nice hike. The weather forecast was calling for sun and warmth until the day before when it changed to clouds in the morning and sun in the afternoon. We decided to take the chance and go anyway.
We hiked up Galatea Creek to the 3rd lake with both kids (ages 10, 12) and the dog (6 pound pom) no problem. The kids did get tired at the 2nd lake but we managed to coax them all the way to the third.
This ill-named hike (it's named after a Canadian Mount Everest climbing team but I find it confusing) is short and sweet. Located right between the Upper and Lower Kananaskis lakes, it even has some decent (slightly treed) views from the top. The real reason to do it is either with little kids just getting started in hiking or to take pictures of flowers - there are many along the route.
We did this hike on a cool and cloudy day and it was still worth it. We hiked it with 2 kids (10,12) and a small dog (6.5lb Pom). I've only done this route on skis in winter conditions (about a dozen or more times!) and so didn't know what to expect of it in the summer.
This is probably the easiest summit I've attained on my list so far. I did it early on Saturday morning with my son and didn't even bother taking photos - besides a few summit shots on my iPhone which I won't bother posting here.
The September long weekend found our family camping in Banff National Park. We decided to finally do a hike that's been on my mind for a long time already - pretty much since I completed the scramble traverse of Mount Edith a number of years back.