at the Elbow Pass parking lot on highway #40 just south of the Upper Kananaskis Lakes turn
170 kms west of Calgary.
Note: Highway #40 is closed at the Upper Lakes and
Highwood House Junction from Dec 1st to June 14th for wildlife preservation.
trailhead behind the Elbow Pass day
use parking lot. Continue on a gravel road
as it steeply climbs towards Elbow
Lake. The lake is a popular hike
or bike during the summer months and a favorite for
offer backcountry horseback
excursions. Expect little to no
solitude. Once you arrive at the
lake you'll be amazed at it's
stunning emerald green color and
crystal clear clarity. The
backcountry campsite is located on
the southwest shore next to the main
trail. Elbow Lake is the headwaters
for the city of Calgary's drinking
water. The lake holds Cutthroat
and Brook Trout. You'll need
to try your luck, check regulations for closures. Ice is off Late June to early July.
Local campgrounds include
Mount Kidd. Trailheads to
Elbow Lake to
Rawson Lake are all located near here. You are in bear country.