Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

This was a nice brisk traverse, not steep but long inclines as well but as above so below. Long steady declines. Beautiful hike even took my 2 year old with me though not cranky but wanted alot of shoulder rides up hill. Yup an extra 40#'s on my shoulders made for a great workout.

Oh although about 50 cars in the lot, we never seen anybody on the trails. So peaceful. Definitely recommend if you'd like a moderate - brisk peaceful walk in beauty.

Trails are well marked.

Great trail and followed advice to take White Tail for first section up which was quite easy going.. A really decent challenge for new MTBers and a great rest point at Merlin’s Chair..

Hiked this the other day with my kids. Easy, beautiful Hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy the lake when you get there. Campsite where clean, well taken care of.

mountain biking
19 days ago

Great loop! Nice and flowy! I do this once a week on a weekday morning (Zero crowds at this time). The trail is getting pretty rocky and rooted right now from people riding it in wet conditions. The downhill part of Merlin’s is in great condition. Took 1h10m with a few breaks.

Great trail. Took us 4 hours to complete with a 20
Minute stop for lunch. You have to pay attention on the backside of Merlin as the bikers come down quick so you’ll need to be ready to move.

Simple review here. Absolutely beautiful spot. Great backcountry camping spots. Outhouses were clean. Lake is beautiful and fishing was great. Not the biggest fish but they bite like mosquitos. Follow @Thebackcountrycamper on Instagram
Thank you Alltrail for an amazing app. Follow them too @alltrails

Very busy trail but a fantastic Mountain biking loop.

Awesome hike. Beautiful scenery from start to finish.

Such a fun trail to do. Ride Merlin counter clock wise for a smooth fast downhill. Very busy trail so keep you eyes open especially on Baggin Rights. But yeah, go do it!

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 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

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.

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.

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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