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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.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,289 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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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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VidaValerie Vispo
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HikingMuddy

Dog friendly. Somewhat kid friendly, hiked with a 4 year old. Was able to make it to Edworthy falls but was carried all the way back. Nothing much besides the lake, open view between mountains, and the falls. Use proper hiking shoes/waterproof because of the streams in between. We also got hailed on our way back, very windy at the mid area so bring proper gears. Sister and dog went all the way down at the end of the falls, others had to stay as it was very steep, I literally had to crawl/climb, but worth it. Overall good walk/hike.

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Benedict Ignacio
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Hiking

Kid and family friendly easy hike. The trail has stunning views and very scenic. Finding the way to the falls is very tricky. Orange ribbons on your right are tied on the trees. The trip down to the falls is worth it although it is slippery, narrow, and somewhat steep.

Kelly Struski
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HikingMuddy

An easy hike with a lake and meadows along the way and a waterfall at the end. It was raining, so the trail was a bit muddy, not a big deal except for being slippery down to the waterfall. Would recommend waterproof hikers to cross some small creeks along the way. A wide trail made social distancing easier, but I generally prefer more narrow, wooded trails, so not sure I would do it again.

Rajani Kaban
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Easy and a beautiful hike with kids. We hiked to Edworthy Falls and had picnic at the open meadows on the way back to Elbow lake. It was a sunny warm July 11 Saturday so trail was fairly busy but still lots of space to social distance.

Leah C.
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful trail. First 15 mins of hard steep up then flat all the way. Beautiful views. Beautiful falls. You will need watch bulk rocks as it can be easy miss.

Jessica Edades
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Steve Simon
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HikingGreat!

Very easy hike and well travelled trail with some nice valley views en-route to the falls. Exposed and windy out of the tree line but I suppose give the weather on the day that might be expected. It took us less than 3 hours to complete the return with wee breaks.

Hayley M.
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Hiking

Beautiful! Steep for the first mile up to the lake, and super busy. But then a nice gradual grade to the falls. Entry to the falls is well marked by the noted Inukshuk in the photos. Super steep to get to the bottom but worth it for the photos. Trails were wide. Several small creeks to cross but not deep and easy to navigate across to stay dry. Hiking poles were handy but not required.

Vivian Liang
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Hiking

Awesome!!!

Metin Hagi
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Great!

Awesome.

Tash H
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this hike. Uphill only for the beginning then is pretty flat throughout. Lots of fun little creeks - nothing too muddy. Rocky trails so make sure you have good footwear. Wasnt too busy despite busy parking lot - lots of overnight campers and trails are large enough so I didn’t find it felt too busy. We went all the way to the second campground and it was just over 15km with a stop down at the waterfall. Really nice little hike with great views throughout.

T D
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Lovely hike with great views and the waterfall is pretty. It was quite windy the day we went and there were still small snow patches (July 4). The first section to the lake is uphill and fairly busy, but that was to be expected as the parking lot was full. At the lake you can go either left or right, but right will take you through the campground so it is preferable to go left. The trail around the lake is flat, wide, and intermittently rocky. Most people do not venture further than this. Beyond the lake there are many creek crossings. The path continues, but you can turn off to the waterfall. The turnoff is marked by a cairn and orange flagging tape on the left side of the path. Venturing into the woods you can see the waterfall, but to get to the pool requires a steep descent. Return the way you came.

Claudia Lai
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HikingMuddy

Very pretty!!

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Zoe Kempthorne
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Hiking

Found the falls when we were looking for the turn off for piper pass, it’s the first cairn on the wide trail through the valley, with ribbon on a tree to mark it. The hike to get there is quite flat, except for the first 20ish min up to the lake. I would recommend waterproof hikers because there are small creek overflow areas where rock-hopping is necessary, but there were people with runners who seemed to do ok.

dave mitchell
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beauty views, good hike, steep at start, Elbow lake pretty, was cold and windy Edworthy Falls via Elbow Lake Trail

Debi McGrath
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I loved this trail, super easy. The first 20 minutes or so is all uphill and after that stays flat. Lots of creek crossings, which my dog loves. Lots to see on this trail, mountains, lake, meadows, waterfall. With the amount of cars that were along the highway I was bit concerned it would be extremely busy but it wasn’t bad at all. Except for the waterfalls, it was a bit steep getting down and of course a lot of people down there to get pictures.

Derek Gourlay
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HikingRocky

Park vehicle at the Elbow Lake turnoff on highway 40, the first 15 minutes is all uphill to the lake but isn't too bad (we had our 4 & 7 year olds with us) once you reach the lake go left round the lake (campground is to the right - washroom available!) Cross over the single file bridge at the creek, turn left - follow wide, rocky path and you will cross over the creek 5 or 6 times, eventually leaving the forest into an alpine meadow, follow path for around 1km then look for a small pile of rocks and orange tape tied to the trees on your left - this is the path to the falls. You can descend to the base of the falls but it is very steep and slippy.

Tiffany Murphy
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HikingGreat!

Did this trail today, July 4 2020 with a dog, a toddler and a collection of adults. As others have already mentioned, very steep at first then flat all the way to the falls and around the lake. Steep getting down to the falls, but was do-able with the dog. For as busy as the parking lot was, it only seemed moderately busy. Most people stop at the lake anyway. Some shallow streams to cross, so waterproof footwear would be recommended but again, wouldn't have turned me away in runners.

Deidra Hooper
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Steep incline to start, but quite flat after that. Beautiful views of the mountains, lake and waterfall. There are quite a few washed out spots and creek crossings, so be prepared with waterproof hikers or expect wet feet. The trail is quite rocky, but is fine with proper foot wear. There were lots of cars in the parking lot, but the trail itself was not crowded. The large meadow was a beautiful place to have lunch!

Kelsey Lackey
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Great trail! Like other people noted the first kilometre or so is quite steep but not after that. A few spots where you have to go slightly off the path to get around washed out parts and definitely muddy right now but not an issue in hiking boots. The path down to the falls is quite muddy and slippery right now, wouldn’t be a time for everyone to try the hike down to it. Gorgeous views and a really nice day trip hike!

Kim Dyck
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HikingMuddy
Lori Rabey
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Hiking

What an incredible, high mountain valley. Fun to keep traversing the creek. Breathtaking scenery and photo spots abound. Good shoes a must to get through mud and wet areas but a great hike!

Shannon McGuey
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Hiking

Good little hike, easy. Did it first thing in the am because it was calling for rain. Notes in the reviews are pretty accurate. When the trail breaks off, keep to the smaller left path. The small path to the falls is easy to miss, I added some rocks and stuff on the road so it’s a bit more attention grabbing. Overall nice way to spend the morning. The lake is beautiful! Be prepared to jump the river and maybe get your feet wet :)

Alen Poskovic
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HikingMuddySnowWashed out
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