Distance 12.2 km return from cabin, height gain 244 m, fairly easy
The magnificent Pétain Falls, which, at a collective 375 m, is one of the highest falls in Canada. BC Parks has re-routed the trail between the upper and lower lakes and has installed a new bridge over the Elk River.
Start: 1. From Elk Pass parking via #58 West Elk Pass and #60 West Elk Pass to Elk Lakes Provincial Park.
2. Drive Elk River Road from Elkford, BC.
3. ACC's Elk Lakes Cabin.
This is the main valley trail, and it is easy. Make of it what you will: a stroll or bike to Lower Elk Lake with a side trip to the viewpoint, a full day hike to Pétain Falls, or as access to tougher trails climbing into the cirques. Be sure to look at the Elk Lakes trail map
Note: The trail along the upper lake is fine with some damage at the creek leading to Pétain Falls. The Pétain creek campground campground has had a fair amount of flood damage. There are two remaining tent pads. The biffy is okay and the cooking area with a fire pit and food storage lockers is intact. There are still lots of places to camp on the gravel and sand flats.
- Photo Evelyn Ko
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1 Trail #62
Trailhead: Elk Lakes 50.55107N, -115.07059W
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Last updated Aug 20, 2018