Edworthy Falls via Elbow Lake Trail

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Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park

Edworthy Falls via Elbow Lake Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,289 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Great hike. After short uphill section to the lake, wonderful views of a multitude of mountains. Hike to the waterfall is well worth it and flat most of the way! Spikes recommended for path closest to the waterfall and some areas up to the lake. The path to the falls is tricky to find. Look for a cairn topped with a small inushuk on your left side and if you look closely 'FALLS' is painted in blue on one of the rocks. Short path to falls through the trees from there.

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1 day ago

Amazing trail beautiful scenery. We did in august last year.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice fairly easy hike and beautiful falls

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snow
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Completed November 17th. The trail was well packed down and easy to follow. The trail starts with a climb up to Elbow Lake and is almost completely flat after that with beautiful scenery all around. Using the map in the app is helpful to find the turn off down to the waterfall. There are also orange markers at the turn off. Microspikes and poles were helpful to get down to the waterfall, but were not needed on the rest of the trail. Really pretty and enjoyable! Suitable for most. Took a bit under 3 hours to complete

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snow
6 months ago

Beautiful hike and waterfall at the end! The turn off to the waterfall can be a bit tricky to find. About 2.7km after elbow lake (and after the meadow), you’ll enter the forest again. The turn off is shortly after this, it’s marked with a small cairn and orange flagging tape. It’s about 100m from the turn off. You can go right down to the base of the falls but be aware it’s quite steep and icy right now! The trail is quite packed down as of today, no need for snowshoes yet. Be aware the gates for the section of highway that lead to this hike are closed from Dec 1st-June 15th!

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snow
7 months ago

Really beautiful scenic walk! Dog friendly. I would recommend poles/crampons especially for the first couple kms due to ice and the steady incline (was definitely out of breath haha). We went too far and did 17km instead of 9km because we missed the left turn to the falls (which is marked by orange markers and a pile of rocks).

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snow
7 months ago

Great hike. After short uphill section to the lake, wonderful views of a multitude of mountains. Hike to the waterfall is well worth it and flat most of the way! Spikes recommended for path closest to the waterfall and some areas up to the lake.

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7 months ago

Really beautiful valley and meadow after short initial climb. Winter has arrived, poles and crampons recommended !

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8 months ago

Snowed out. We were unable to complete the hike to the waterfall as a snow storm rolled in. Lake is a beautiful colour and has nice views from every corner. There’s a campground located next to the lake with a bathroom and chopped wood provided, permit required. CON: Lots of horse manure on the trail....

hiking
8 months ago

This has become my favorite trail to bring “out of towners” on. It’s easy with the main incline at the very beginning of the hike. It’s walkable by anyone and no special equipment is required. The views are insanely beautiful and it isn’t a busy hike (not like bringing people to Johnston’s canyon). Definitely recommend this one.

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful hike for this out-of-shape newbie. Did this hike with my ~65 year old parents. With a lot of stops and starts at the steep beginning and a 20 minute lunch, this took us 4 hours. Horses had been on the trail earlier and there was a lot of manure to dodge, which was not so fun.

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8 months ago

Always a beautiful hike. Surprised it was fairly quiet considering it’s a long weekend. There is a second Falls if you take a second trail right after Edworthy, worth a peek. Disappointed once again to be greeted by a rambunctious dog off leash on the trail as this is supposed to be an on-leash area. Lots of little dog poop bags along the trail as well. Sad

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8 months ago

Nice and easy trail for a solo hike! Wasn't too busy when I went out around 9:45am, made it up and back in just over 2 hours. someone left a nice arrow made of rocks pointing towards the trail to the falls. Path down was quite steep and a bit slippy since it rained the day before, just be careful and all is well!

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rocky
9 months ago

I absolutely love this hike! I’ve done it many times and it’s always a great workout! Yes waterfall is very rewarding but the original 1.3 km to the lake is a bit tough on the legs as it is uphill and rocky. Did it with my 55 year old parents and 11 year old dog-with little complaining. Highly recommend for slightly experienced hikers.

Slight climb to begin, easy walk once at the lake. Great views, easy for pups.

This was a nice trail, started with sharp incline but was mostly flat the rest of the way. To get to the falls there it is pretty steep. Brought my dog and she loved the trail.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike today for the Hiking With Hounds. The perfect hike for the shelter pups. Thank you to all the hikers that let us pass and took the time to ask about the adoptable dogs. The cairn marking the waterfall trail was collapsed and the waterfall rock was gone. So watch your distance. After the open valley pay attention for the pile of rocks.

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muddy
snow
9 months ago

Did this Aug 17 and got to the trail around 9:45am and arrived to some snow and 2 degrees. Trail was very easy, first KM has some steepness but not challenging. Very flat after that. Lake is pretty. Falls well marked. Couldn’t go down to the bottom of the falls due to the trail down had packed down slippery snow, but still pretty. Snow was disappearing as we were finishing up. Did the falls and back with a 20 min lunch in just under 3hrs. Very good trail for non hikers and kids - more of a scenic walk than hike.

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked this trail yesterday. Trail is mostly old logging road and so, easy travelling. First 30 minutes is quite steep but it is fairly flat after. Marker to the falls is easy to find. Lake is lovely and the falls were definitely worth the trip.

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9 months ago

A short 30 minute steep section which you get out of the way early on in the hike followed by a pretty flat rest of the trail to the falls with great open mountain valley views along the way. I'd recommend this hike to anyone thinking of bringing some beginner hikers. It has a nice mix of some workout early on followed by rewarding views the rest of the way. Definitely consider bringing some bug spray though there are a lot of mosquitoes and horse flies as a previous reviewer mentioned.

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9 months ago

Would do again! Tried to trail run but there was bear scat 3 km from the falls. Overall flat.

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bugs
9 months ago

This was a perfect hike for us. We don’t really enjoy strenuous hikes so it was awesome to work hard for 30 min and reach the gorgeous turquoise lake and wide Wildflower valley, where is was flat for some distance. The trails were quiet, but we felt no danger from possible bear encounters. We made it to the first tiny waterfall but weren’t sure how much further the actual falls would be, so instead stopped for an icy plunge in the river pools and some sun soaking. It would be good to see more signs after Elbow lake to gauge how much further the other attractions are. My only complaint is there is LOTS of horseflies and mosquitos after the lake. We got bit a few times which is rare, and unfortunate since those bites never fade. Perfect lazy afternoon hike, ended with a swim in the said perfect turquoise water, we will be back!

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9 months ago

Nice hike a climb for the first few hunted metres but evens out once you get to the lake. The rest of the hike is slight uphill jaunts with some loose rocky trails but a good walk. The turn to the falls is marked with a rock cairn and inukshuk. I included it in my photos. Waterfalls are worth the hike!

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9 months ago

Very nice scenery. Well traveled. Recommended. 3 hours round trip.

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9 months ago

Very steep and tiring for the first half hour. After you reach the lake it flattens out and is a wonderful hike around the lake. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
9 months ago

First time hiking in Elbow Pass and it was glorious! Short steep start followed by an easy walk through a beautiful valley. The marking for the falls looks to have been improved as it was very clear to our group. There's a path right down to the pool under the falls that I recommend giving a try!

Nice trail, fairly easy, the first bit with the up up up got the blood rushing. Definitely take time to stand at the lake and for sure make your way to the falls and head on down. Wouldn’t recommend in wet conditions.

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9 months ago

Beautiful hike and very easy. Down to the falls is a bit sketchy but totally worth it.

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