Albertawow

Tombstone Lakes Bike or Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Difficult Time/Dist: 6 to 8 hours / 42K return Elevation Gain: 650m

Trailhead: Park at the Little Elbow Campground or Forget Me Not Pond 40 minutes west of Calgary. Note Highway #66 is closed at Elbow Falls from Dec 1st to May 15th.

Description: Tombstone Lakes can be accessed from the Elbow Loop trail. Hikers should allow for an overnight stay. By bike the lakes can be completed in one day. Since the 2013 flood, bridges and several sections of the Elbow Loop trail have been washed out. Locate the trailhead at the west end of the Little Elbow Campground where the road ends at a roadblock gate. Walk around the gate and stay on the old fire road until you reach a washed out bridge that once spanned the Elbow River. Ford the river and continue on as the road slowly gains elevation towards the summit pass and Tombstone Lakes. Near the top of the pass you'll reach the Tombstone Lakes trail junction, turn right and follow the trail until you reach Lower Tombstone Lake. Keep right on the lake shore and head towards the outflow located at the south end. Cross the outflow, continue on a few meters to the adjoining Tombstone Lakes Backcountry campsite (this may be closed). From here, day trips can be made to Upper Tombstone Lake located in the bowl below Tombstone mountain. Tombstone Lake holds nice size Cutthroat Trout. You'll need a fishing license to try your luck. Ice is off Late June to early July. An alternate route to Tombstone Lakes can be achieved by hiking the Elbow Loop trail in the opposite direction, however it is a longer approach.


Near Here: Local campgrounds include Goose Berry campground, Little Elbow, Beaver Flat campground, Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to Elbow Falls, Prairie Mountain, Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Prairie Mountain, Powder Face Trail, Elbow Loop and Forgetmenot Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.
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