Elbow Pass Trail To Tombstone Campground & Lake

EASY 15 reviews

Elbow Pass Trail To Tombstone Campground & Lake is a 18.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, Alberta, Canada that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until December. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
18.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
917 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

snow

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

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.

20 days ago

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!!!

21 days ago

It was great hiking! Love it!

backpacking
1 month ago

Always a favourite spot! Elbow Lake is beautiful and a great place to camp!

1 month ago

1 month ago

It was raining when I was there last time but still amazing. Will go again.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.