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.
Difficulty: 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