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Elbow Lake and Rae Glacier is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from June until September.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,597 ft Route type Loop

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

Wildlife

Rocky

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Jeff Nishimura
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HikingGreat!

really nice trail for beginners like me. great views with lake, waterfalls, glacier and peaks. first km or so was the toughest elevation change, some minor scrambling closer to the glacier. I did not dress for the high winds and temperature drop as we approached the glacier. fantastic 3-4 hours in and out with a packed lunch stop included. no bugs at all. loved this hike.

Leviko Leviko
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Mountain bikingNo shade

Easy and beautiful hike. Good for dogs

Angie Migas
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HikingGreat!

Really beautiful hike! For us - easy but if you’ve just started your summer season is moderate we think. Everything in one - lake, forest, mountain’s stream and glacier. We want go one more time. 12pm on Friday parking was full.

Veronica Tonga
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Lovely hike! I’m an avid hiker and did this with a 3 month old puppy so it took us some time and we finished in about 5.5h. We also took the fire road instead of turning to the glacier. This hike has a little big of everything- a lake, waterfalls, pretty views, a glacier, glacier stream, scramble (kind of), snow, forest, horse poop.... it’s got it all! Great for beginners or people who want an easier hike with lots of variety. There is an incline towards the glacier but the most challenging part for me was the sun. Once you get out of the forest and are walking towards the glacier it’s direct sun, although there is a glacier fed stream that you can cool off in.

Alexander Lipovtsev
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Saniyya Mirza
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Really great hike, good for all levels of hikers and family. The glacier at the end is a really interesting sight, unlike any other view I’ve seen while hiking. The lake and small waterfalls from the glacial runoff make for pleasant views to stop and admire on the way. A bit of a scramble at the end but keep to the right and it will be very manageable. Also think this is a great hike to be introduced to scrambling. Took 5 hours with kids and many long stops to admire the lake and eat.

Shelley G
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Seph Organo II
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David Best
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Alyssa Reedy
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Great hike! We were able to practice a bit of scrambling and amazing views. The cold air off the glacier is very refreshing on a hot day! As said above in comments the first part up to the lake is tough, but the lake is beautiful and worth it. Dont let it daunt you for the hike up to the glacier.

J H
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Walker Chipmunk
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

[aug-02-2020] First 2km probably are the harder ones. Then you will to the lake, lots of people and good for families. Keep right for the glacier. Not that hard really, good hike, almost nothing of scrambling, just two tiny sections. Scenic indeed. No shade at the glacier but Really beautiful. Saw no cousins, probably too hot today

J C
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Hiking

Solid hike. Good bang for buck for the effort. Lakes, sweeping valley views, streams and rivers - not bad for 4km of work. Good for families.

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Brie B
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Hiking

This is an awesome hike! Fairly quiet trail if you start early. Elbow Lake is beautiful and the views from Rae Glacier of the surrounding mountains are spectacular. The last bit of the trail is scree and rocks, sometimes requiring some easy scrambling in sections but nothing technical. Once passed the campground the trail has been washed out from flooding over the years, but red markers in the trees will help you find your way no problem. Would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a moderate and scenic hike!

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Jessica Yaacoub
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Easy for moderate hikers. Completed in 3.5 hours round with little water breaks.

Megan M
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HikingBugsGreat!Scramble

Excellent hike! Super steep up to the lake but worth it. Winds around the campground to a rockier path (have to cross a few creeks) up to the glacier. Incredible views up there, but a bit buggy. Enjoyed a dip in the lake before heading back down :)

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Delaney Case
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Absolutely amazing trail! Huge calf workout and I am super glad we brought our hiking poles, highly recommend using them coming downwards! Slight scramble at the end to get to the actual glacier but not at all to hard :) very very happy with this trail! Saw some wildlife (goats) and couldn’t believe how far you are in the mountains! Highly highly recommend . Finished in 4 hours :)

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Elyse Kristina
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Great!

beautiful, easy going hike, most of the hike has scenic views. elbow lake is super popular for families, continue on to rae glacier and gain a bit more space from other parties. once you turn on rae glacier trail, follow the pink and orange tree tape. looks like this area got swept away in a flood. aside from that it's pretty obvious where the trail is headed. my 6 year old hiked this one easy. took us about 4 hours with all the breaks. also a great hike for dogs, there's a bunch of watering spots at the lake, along the creek, and even some snow up by the glacier for them to roll in. enjoy :)

Ryan Quinn
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HikingRocky

Good for a walk !!! Very easy if you are a experienced hiker! Yes a bit of incline at the beginning and then again up to base of what used to be. A glacier not much left lol... This is. A great trail to take people to introduce them to hiking of great for kids !!

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Jolie Moran
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Hiking

The trail head from Edworthy falls was hard to find but I eventually. Awesome view from the top!!! Lots of mosquitoes so, make sure have bug spray. Be prepared to remove your boots as you have to cross the creek. My dog and I love this hike.

Markéta Lhoťanová
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views. There was a bit of scramble at the end but it felt overall safe. I wouldn’t say that it is lightly traficked. I did it Monday and I met at least 15 other people on the trail.

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