Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Kananaskis Improvement District with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice easy hike to a beautiful lake.
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Did this hike Canada Day weekend. Absolutely stunning. On the way there we went from sunshine to rain to a little hail but for the most part it was alright, some patches of snow on the ground but didn't need any crampons or snowshoes. Slept at Turbine Sunday night and woke up to see beautiful frosted mountains. We thought it would only snow on the mountaintops but about 5 minutes into breakfast we got hit with heavy hail that quickly turned to flurries. The hike back to Forks felt like a completely different experience with everything above the switchbacks blanketed in a white crystal sheet. In the span of 3 hours we went from sun -> hail -> snow -> rain -> sun when we finally hit Forks.
It's a tiring climb up with a backpack but it's well worth the views.

Awesome hike. Beautiful scenery from start to finish.

I really love this Trail the beginning is a bit steep but once you get to to the lake the rest is pretty flat easily one of my favorite hikes

I did this in winter, and wish I had brought my snow shoes. Will do it again.

I did this hike the weekend after I did pocaterra ridge. They are in perfect view of each other. We did Elbow lake, Elbow pass, Tombstone pass then both the lower and upper Tombstone lakes. It was a long hike but the scenery was phenomenal.

cool place! great easy hike!

incline at the trail head was a challenging, but once you reach the lake it's worth it. And the rest of the trail to Edworthy falls and tombstone was a great hike.

very easy and accessible for anyone

This is a beautiful hike in the Kananaskis that leads to an amazing canyon that is been carved out of solid rock over millions of years. If you have the energy it is worth hiking up to Maude lake.

This is a tough hike to do in one day if you’re not physically fit. I would recommend splitting it up into 2 parts, first camping at forks then heading to the canyon on the second day. The second day is a brutal steep uphill climb on switch backs that seem to last forever but once you reach the top the views are nothing short of spectacular!

It was extremely Smoky on the way up for us and we saw nothing but a deer as far as wild life goes. Because of the steep incline, we were far too tired to visit the hauge glacier or the north K pass.

The second day it rained pretty much the entire time expect for a few breaks here and there, so that hindered our attempts to make it to the glacier or the pass. The canyon itself is a neat feature, a massive deep canyon that gives you the chills even if you’re not afraid of heights.

For next time I would also stay at forks on the way down because the entire leg it’s tough to do.

My wife and I finished our week near Banff with this hike. Did 60+ miles this week. This hike was steep in two parts. The first bit to Elbow lake and the last bit from Tombstone campground to the lake are quite steep, but easy to climb (not slippery, etc). Don't miss the waterfall that is about halfway to the campground (as others have mentioned). There is a nicely made rock pile to mark the trail to it. The trail from the Tombstone campground to the lake had minimal traffic (on a Saturday), and there are portions that seem very isolated and have good bear habitat. Make noise. The lake is an amazing place. Bring your fly rod and some dry flies. The cutthroat trout were surfacing constantly while we ate lunch. Maybe the most tranquil place I visited this week.

Randomly found this little gem on a day drive of the Kananaskis Trail and walked up to Elbow Lake. Plan to return to camp here and trek further up to Tombstone. Met a couple guys on the trail with skis and a snowboard who had hiked up to the glacier to ride it down in July!!!

It was great hiking! Love it!

Always a favourite spot! Elbow Lake is beautiful and a great place to camp!

It was raining when I was there last time but still amazing. Will go again.

This was my first backpacking trip so it's been a number of years since I've done it, however this was a great overnighter. We did this one in reverse to what it says here on AllTrails. We trekked starting at the Ribbon Creek side which is flat and straightforward for the majority of it until you get to a cliff wall. You use chains to assist you up the wall and then you can continue onward to Ribbon Lake. We spent a night here and then continued down through beautiful Guinn's Pass, down to the end of Galatea Lakes Trail off of Highway 40. Guinn's pass was tiring going down, but worth it for the views.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Tried to make our way up to Turbine Canyon but made the tough choice to turn the hike back to Forks campground due to deep soft snow 3/4 of the way up. Bumped into 2 other groups who turned the hike and they said they know of at least 1 group who decided to post-hole all the way up. I would say it's still too early in the season right now to make it to the campground which is really unfortunate because the first 3/4 of the trail was bare, dry, and offered stunning views.

A friend and I and our children (5,3, and 1) only went as far as the lake. Good trek in! Will be doing again and one day make it all the way to tombstone!

Oct 18/16 -Only did the short hike to Elbow Lake. It was a bit steep going up and slippery because of the snow going down, but lead to the beautiful lake with brilliant turquoise water! Walked around the campground near the lake.

trail was snowy and icy towards the top.

This hike is amazing. Its long, but its easy and it is so stunning you wont feel like your in Alberta. It seriously looks like New Zealand or Narnia or something from the Hobbit lol. The sub alpine meadows, the rockies, the Elbow River alongside you the whole way. Ive done upwards of 30 hikes in K Country, and this takes the cake for beauty. It doesnt give you views like a ridge or peak, but its so green and your in this incredible valley - stunning - try it.
Also, if you dont want to hike all the way to Tombstone, if you listen carefully couple hours in to the trail you'll hear a waterfall, you cant miss it, theres a small foot path that goes left in to the bush, take it and go down to see the big waterfall on the Elbow River, and then head back. Beyond that is a lot of walking to eventually get to the Tombstone Back Country camp ground and then beyond that is the Lakes. The water fall is a great stopping point. then maybe its a 4 or 5 hour day not a 7 hour day. To the campground and back is 16 km return. The lakes further.
Enjoy this hike, do it summer on a hot day, you'll be happy you did. This is suitable for kids and for dogs on a leash.

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