Level: Easy to Mod
4 to 5 hours / 12K return
Drive to the entrance of the
Canyon Creek access road located directly across from the Elbow River picnic
area 2kms before Elbow Falls on highway #66.
35 minutes west of Calgary.
approach is by gravel road that is
maintained by Shell Canada
and can only be accessed on foot.
Unfortunately there is a locked road gate to keep
vehicles out. You'll appreciate a bicycle here. The
passes by a few natural gas
installations that are an eyesore to
say the least and makes one wonder
why the gas company has vehicle
access and the public doesn't.
Continue down the road taking the left fork towards a gas installation. Locate a
well worn trail next to Canyon Creek and continue on as it ascends up a steep
scree slope to the mouth of the cave. Beware of falling
rocks when in or near
the cave. Several years ago a person
was killed by falling rock while
standing near the mouth of the cave.
Avoid hiking against the bottom of the
cliff face. There is 325ms
of loose rock above you. The
beautiful ice crystals located in
the cave are created by
water seeping down through the
mountain top then freezing.
The cave has several caverns and
travels deep inside the mountain. Ice
has blocked the narrow passage at
the end so you can no longer enter
the deeper caverns. Don't plan on
travelling to far into the cave
without proper experience and gear,
the risk is extreme.
Local campgrounds include
Goose Berry campground,
Beaver Flat campground,
Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to
Forget Me Not Ridge,
Powder Face Trail,
Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.