Tombstone Lakes Bike or Hike
6 to 8 hours / 42K return
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.
Tombstone Lakes can be accessed from
trail. Hikers should allow for an overnight stay.
By bike the lakes can be completed
in one day.
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
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
Tombstone Lakes. Near the top of the
pass you'll reach the Tombstone Lakes
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
Tombstone Lake holds
nice size Cutthroat
Trout. You'll need
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
trail in the opposite direction,
however it is a longer approach.
Local campgrounds include
Goose Berry campground,
Beaver Flat campground,
Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to
Moose Mountain Ice Cave,
Powder Face Trail,
Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.