Elbow Lake to Edworthy Falls

Elbow Lake to Edworthy Falls near Calgary, AB


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3 kms
3hours
easy
Hiking
Summer, Fall
Calgary, AB
User xcaret
Edworthy Falls is a very easy hike for those looking for a bit more than a walk to a picnic area. It's a very nice spot to enjoy a snack or even a dip in glacier feed waters below, where there's a deeper pool 30 meters or so downstream from the falls.
Up stream a half km or so is a series of smaller but wider falls that are about 70 meters in length that are also worth visiting and apparently almost no one visits them judging by the lack of any trail. From Elbow lake to the falls is around 3 kilometers on a mostly flat trail.

Directions:


Park on the Kananaskis trail ( highway 40) at Elbow Pass parking area ,clearly marked.
Hike up the rather steep ( for beginners) trail to Elbow Lake . From Elbow lake walk around either side to the outflow which is the start of the Elbow river, continue through grassy terrain and cross the little ( Elbow river ) creek on a log sawed flat and farther along on stepping stones. The trail is the old forestry road now only used by hikers . It winds through tall old trees, and has a few gentle inclines ,soon you come to a beautiful meadow on your left ,just before the left side of the trail becomes a solid mix of spruce and brush wander across the meadow to where the creek is out of site and maybe 100 meters from the trail. by now you may be around 2 km's from Elbow Lake If don't hear the creek go a bit downstream to 413143 and enjoy these many falls.
After viewing them and still feeling like going farther on , head back to the trail and after encountering the thickly wooded left side of the trail watch for a very obvious cairn ( 415144)and yellow and pink ribbons on a tree beside the cairn ,notice a well worn trail leading down to the river 100 meters or so away ,wander down the path and to the flat area just halfway down to the falls ,or continue down to the rock bottom and feel the coolness the falls creates.

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