Scrub the old trail from the Elbow-Sheep cutoff off your list. Thanks to a local outfitter we now have a much better trail starting another 540 m along the cutoff at a cairn at 430149. The route is exactly 500 m longer, but on the plus side it misses out the slopes torn up by grizzlies and has a good tread throughout. No more searching for the route. It’s perfect then? Not quite. In thickets of dense spruce the branches need a good trim, or else a reroute should be looked for.
The first part heads southeast through the odd thicket and up onto a grassy ridge. The second part turns south up the right side of the ridge to a viewpoint, then continues up the left side through larches to meadows above the lake. Here the trail wends left and down to camping spots at the egress. This is now the most distinct trail coming into the lake from this direction.
Distance along Elbow-Sheep Cutoff 1.2 km. Length of new trail 1.7 km. From Tombstone campground, 3.8 km and from Highway 40, 8.2 km.