Edworthy Falls Via Elbow Lake Trail is a 9.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
393 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The path to the falls is tricky to find. Look for 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.

16 days ago

Nov.25th - steep for the first 20-25 minutes but easy once you hit the lake! Waterfalls are beautiful.

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26 days ago

The water/ice sculpture created by the freezing waterfall makes this moderately easy hike a 5/5. Wearing micro spikes proved helpful as the start of the hike as well as the short path down to the waterfall were steep.

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28 days ago

04/11 Would recommend as an easy winter hike with a very special waterfalls treat at the end. Required spikes for majority of the hike thanks to an icy trail. The climb down to the falls is very sketchy so recommend spikes and poles.

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1 month ago

Oct 19/18 - microspikes needed especially for the first part of the trail up to Elbow Lake. A beautiful easy hike from the lake to Edworthy Falls. The trail is well worn down along the way.

1 month ago

Hiked Oct 21, 2018. Trail a mix of hardened snow, ice, dirt and mud. Crampons very useful for beginning ascent and absolutely required for going down to falls. Some areas challenging due to broken trail of hard snow and deep tracks. Elbow Lake is totally frozen. Folks walking on. Nice leisurely hike after initial ascent.

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1 month ago

Awesome hike in the Fall! Constant climb from the trailhead but it doesn’t last long and once you hit the lake it’s pretty flat the rest of the way! Views are insane! Lots of snow already, snowshoes would have been good but not necessary! Saw maybe 7 or 8 other hikers all day on the thanksgiving weekend Sunday. Saw some lines in the distance that would be good to explore on the split board including an intense couloir in the far off horizon!

2 months ago

Went on Saturday, it was beautiful. definitely need gaiters.

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2 months ago

I loved this hike! The views were pretty spectacular. The first bit of the hike was uphill which can be a challenge for beginners but I promise you it is worth it, and all easy from there! Absolutely blown away by the lake and the sights along the trail. We were lucky to pass some fellow hikers along the way so they gave us some advice about the falls and made it easy for us to find, but as it was snowy we did not attempt to take the trail all the way down to the falls, just stayed at the top lookout. Will definitely be going out again!

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3 months ago

Beautiful Valley. Awesome meadows. Great Peaks. The falls are awesome and a great place for lunch. You do all your work in the first 20 minutes then it’s smooth sailing from Elbow Lake onwards. You can continue on past the falls to Tombstone Lake or Rae Lake for a longer day - very worth it. Join us on Facebook at Hike Alberta and on Instagram at @hike.alberta

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3 months ago

Steep at the beginning until you get to the lake, then easy walk through the windy meadow. Beautiful views. The description says there is an inukshuk but this has fallen, it is a pile of rocks about knee height that has “falls” scratched into it. The path down to the falls is a bit dodgy but well worth it. We had lunch right beside the falls.

3 months ago

First half hour is straight uphill, then you're at Elbow Lake. Go left around the lake to get to the falls. There's only a knee high pile of rocks with FALLS scratched into one rock to lead you to the falls. Beautiful little hike! Came back up from the falls and followed the trail a bit farther but turned back soon after because we weren't sure where the trail lead.

3 months ago

Really beautiful - crazy that such a nice spot is mostly walked right by! Little bit sketchy getting down to the falls but it’s manageable. The hardest part is the first kilometre up to the lake. Also lots of good fishing in the lake if you’re into that.

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3 months ago

So much beautiful scenery - don't forget your camera! The majority of this hike is really easy, definitely some elevation gain from the parking lot to the lake but it's over fast. The rest of the way is pretty flat. The trail to the falls is a little dodgy but doable and worth it.

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4 months ago

Beautiful views, gorgeous lake, neat waterfalls. Hike down to the falls is narrow and a bit tricky but worth it.

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4 months ago

Going to go there next week! Very excited. Directions are hard to come by so here are some more specific ones: http://www.playoutsideguide.com/2016/06/edworthy-falls-kananaskis-hidden-gem.html?m=1

4 months ago

Fantastic views. A super easy hike!

4 months ago

So beautiful. About a 30 min slog from the parking lot to the lake. Once you hit the lake go left (away from side with camping), keep following around the lake and about an hour or so past and you will come to beautiful sound of the music-esque valleys, then you will see inukshuk on left and a path beside- cant miss inukshuk (it is quite large - knee height). Down that path a few meters and you see the falls! Can also go down to pools of falls however my friend doesnt love heights so we just turned around. Bring bug spray. If it's a hot day, bring a bathing suit and jump in the lake or the falls! Not that cold and plenty of spots to jump in/out from ;)

4 months ago

Amazing views. The waterfall was better than advertised. A very special place! Much easier than I had anticipated. Once you get to the lake, there really isn't any more elevation change.

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4 months ago

This was a beautiful hike with mid-summer snow at higher elevations. We took our 4 & 5 year olds on this trip and they loved it! So many adventures awaiting around every corner. The falls were a bit tricky getting down, but after our time at the falls, our 4 year old insisted on climbing back to the trail. Completely achievable trail, especially out of Elbow Lake camp.

fishing
4 months ago

awesome fishing for eager 10inch brook trout!

5 months ago

Great little hike with kids. Lots of water stops and lovely falls at the destination.

5 months ago

Great hike. Few wet patches after the lake.

5 months ago

Beautiful easy day hike, with very little elevation gain once you get to Elbow lake.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nice hike. Not too strenuous. The falls at the end were a nice pay off for the hike. It was a little steep getting down to the falls so I would not take small children to this part of the hike.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Great scenic trail! Starts off with a short but steep climb to Elbow Lake which took us about 30 mins. Then if you keep walking about 3kms past the lake on the trail, you'll come across a pile of rocks on the left side made by fellow hikers with 'Falls' written on the rocks. Just follow that narrow path thru the trees to see the beautiful Edworthy Falls! Took us about an hour to reach the falls from Elbow Lake but we were going at a slower pace so you may be able to do it quicker.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Falls were awesome. Pretty rocky most of the way. More lakes and a glacier nearby.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A jewel just off the Elbow Trail. Amazing that more people don't know about this. Not a hard hike to get to it. Definitely scramble through the bush upstream from the Falls to find some very cool rapids.

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