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Elbow Falls Picnic Area

  Ratings:    Ratings 3 Star
Level: Easy Time/Dist: .half hour / 1K return Elevation Gain: 60m

Trailhead: Park in the Elbow Falls parking lot located next to the #66 highway 35 minutes west of Calgary. Open year round.

Description: Elbow Falls is a favorite picnic spot that fills quickly due to it's close proximately to the city of Calgary. There are several picnic tables located along the Elbow River that can be accessed by a paved trail leading to the Falls. Unfortunately most of the picnic sites we're washed away during the 2013 flood however the falls have not changed. The interpretive trail along the river leads to three steel railed viewing points located next to the falls. During late fall and winter as the flow decreases the falls reach a height of 6ms then to 3ms during spring runoff. Depending on the season the pool located at the bottom of the falls can be crystal clear to mud brown. It takes about 30 minutes to explore the walkways and lookouts. You can continue hiking downstream of the falls for a short distance.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Goose Berry campground, Little Elbow, Beaver Flat campground, Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to Forget Me Not Ridge, Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Nihahi Ridge, Powder Face Trail, Prairie MountainElbow Loop and Forgetmenot Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.

 

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