This short trail in Kananaskis Country starts kind of steep through a forest which leads you to Elbow Lake and surrounding peaks. This trail is very popular with activity from mountain bikers, anglers, horseback riders etc.
NTS Map: 082J11
Elevation Gain: 150m (490 ft).
From Hwy 1, turn off the Hwy 40 exit and head south for 61.8 km. Hang a left (east) into the Elbow Pass Day Use Area.
You will see the trailhead in between the two parking lots. The trails goes up then right up a gravel road. The trail eventually levels off before you arrive at the lake.
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Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Wed May 12 20:52:51 EDT 2010
UpsideA short trail (1.5 km) to a very scenic lake.
DownsideAlthough short, the trail climbs steeply all the way.
CommentElbow Lake is unique in that it allows people to access a very nice lake and backcountry campground in less than an hours walk from the car. This is ideal for a first backcountry outing.
Posted By: sdecarie
- Sun Sep 30 22:20:20 EDT 2007
UpsideShort trail to a very scenic lake
DownsideIt starts out rather steep and is generally up hill most of the way. It's very short about 1.5km from parking to the lake
CommentTHis trail can be used to access the Tombstone valley trail, Sheep river trail and the Elbow valley loop.
I added GPS data, contrary to what the map shows I did not go swimming in Elbow lake
Posted By: 26miler
- Sat Aug 05 17:22:12 EDT 2006
CommentA long trail run of 32k to Mist Mtn can be done by starting at Elbow Pass day use area. Take the Elbow Lake trail towards Tombstone Mtn. At the junction stay to the right and follow the Sheep River Trail and go all the way to and over Reckert's Pass. At the pass you will have a great view of the Mist Mtn. Follow trail down back to Hwy 40, on the south side of Highwood Pass. A shuttle drop-off is needed for this run. 32k, can be done in 3-4hr. Lots of elevation gain in a short distance to get to Reckert's Pass.