ELBOW LAKE & RAE GLACIER
Distance 2.8 km return, height gain 137 m, easy
This colourful lake and its backcountry campground are incredibly popular, in part because the access trail is so short. It is steep, though, and crowded.
Start: Hwy. 40 (Kananaskis Trail) at Elbow Pass day-use area.
Difficulty: Easy to the lake.
Note: Rae Glacier is an additional 4.4 km round trip from the lake and an extra 229 m of height gain.

You can still get there, but it's harder than it used to be. The trail disappears in a rock field at the turn up the fledgling Elbow River. Pick your way across the rocks for about 400 metres after which the trail reappears at the base of the rib. The trail is in good shape going up the rib and through the trees. After that, the trail up the right side on the scree is largely swept away now. We had to cross the creek twice on our way up to the base of the moraine as the right side was now too unstable. The creek was fairly low the day we went up and I wouldn't want to attempt it if the water was high. Our destination was the stone bench at the meltwater pond and we were able to get there.

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #47

Trailhead: Elbow Pass 50.635462N, -115.023623W

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Last updated Jul 18, 2018