Rae Glacier Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, AB that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from July until October.
Wow!! Spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and the valley below. The trail becomes a bit hard to follow once you reach the river gorge, just keep the river to your left and keep going, the trail reappears before long. Totally worth it. Most people only go as far as Elbow Lake so you can leave the foot traffic behind.
This is a great 4 hour hike, including stops, to a Shriveling Glacier that used to be double the size it is now. But you get up close and personal and its still breathtaking. The trail is easy moderate.
Go right around Elbow lake, through the campground, a trail will take you through the forest, you might feel like your on the wrong one but your not. Eventually you meet up with main trail and its obvious, there will be a creek ahead turn right and walk on the right side of the creek upstream, the trail cuts in and out.
You will start to ascend a small ridge, and come to a fork in the path, go right, climb the ridge and take a look a back at the view it opens up here. This is a good place for lunch.
Rest of the trail is easy and obvious, but very rocky, along the creek (which is actually the start of Elbow River! - go figure, you'd never know it) and a little mild scrambling up alongside the waterfall will take you to the dried up lake bed, and the Glacier behind it! Best dont in mid to late summer id think. I didn't know Glaciers are rocky and look just like mountains lol. I thought they were a big chunk of ice.
Great hike, you'll be happy you did it. I wouldn't bring a dog because of the rocky trail, might cut up the paws.