Rae Glacier Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Rae Glacier Trail is a 7.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
446 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail - easy to navigate. Some steep parts but Well worth the views when you get to the glacier. Not very busy as there was a lot of snow ! Definitely recommend for people of all ages.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail on July 29, 2018. The first part of the trail up to the lake has decent amount of shade midday, and a steady incline. Go through the campground and the trail reappears, follow the trail to the right when it forks. The trail follows the stream bed for awhile and there is evidence of the 2013 flood, but there are orange ribbons and cairns marking the way. Then the trail goes back up into the trees where it becomes more steep but it’s not very long before you reach the top of the hill. There are spectacular views in every direction. From here you’re back to following along the edge of the stream and it gets quite rocky. We went quite far along the rocks and up the scree slope but decided it wasn’t worth continuing right to the very top. The glacier has receded quite a bit so it is not really the highlight of the hike but the views back of Elpoca Mountain are stunning. The GPS on my phone put this hike at about 10km round trip with 774m elevation gain not going quite up to the very top, so it doesn’t quite match the trail description. We aren’t in the best shape and take lots of short breaks and we completed this hike in 3 hours and 45 minutes not including our break for lunch. This was a great hike for our puppy, lots of opportunities for him to drink from the lake and streams and to practice scrambling on the rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I were camping at Elkwood and this was our second day hike. As others have mentioned go through all the camp sites, past site 16 and the trail re-appears. Stay right at the fork (left goes back to the lake trail on the other side of the lake) and just keep going. Anywhere the trail got 'lost' due to flooding has been well marked with red ribbon. We were the first ones up the trail that morning but once we stopped to eat others appeared coming up behind us. Had the dog with us so we weren't able to go up the worst of the scree bit (he's got bad knees) but otherwise it was hike full of amazing views.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike if you’re short on time. Very scenic and enough of an incline to get a work out in. When you get to Elbow lake, walk through the entire campground and passed the food lockers and the trail will reappear. The glacier itself is pretty underwhelming but the views along the way are great. For the length of drive it takes to get there I would recommend hiking to Tombstone Lake which is accessible from the same starting point.

hiking
3 months ago

Much more scenic than I expected based on other reviews, however today in early July 2018 it was very windy and cold between the 3rd and 4th kms as we ascended to the glacier. We were not prepared for the drastic temperature change and were quite cold. A learned lesson for future hikes.

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4 months ago

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Monday, September 18, 2017

I reviewed this trail under Elbow Lake but obviously Rae Glacier is more appropriate. The trail was very popular and busy on a Thursday (Aug 31). There is a steep piece at the start but it is fairly short. Once at the lake the trail is flat and offers numerous options to continue north to Tombstone or southeast up to the Rae Glacier on Mount Rae. Excellent back country camping along the lake. Very nice day. We made it just below the glacier itself.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this trail, it was great for a hot day because there are many water sources to cool your dog down in

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this trail, it was great for a hot day because there are many water sources to cool your dog down in

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Awesome hike with the family. Scree at the top was a little challenging but the views were well worth it!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Stunning views all the way! True Canadian beauty to behold !

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Great hike to Glacier, 4 hours round trip, with lots of sights to see. Great for all ages.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pretty area. Elbow lake is beautiful. Decent elevation gain, some fun scrambling near the end but arriving at the glacier is fairly unremarkable.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

A nice easy hike that will show you surrounding mountains. I did this with my wife's godparents (70 years young) and they did it great.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great hike. Not too busy. The views at the top are awesome with Mount Rae and glacier being the highlight. Highly recommend.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Wow!! Spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and the valley below. The trail becomes a bit hard to follow once you reach the river gorge, just keep the river to your left and keep going, the trail reappears before long. Totally worth it. Most people only go as far as Elbow Lake so you can leave the foot traffic behind.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This is a great 4 hour hike, including stops, to a Shriveling Glacier that used to be double the size it is now. But you get up close and personal and its still breathtaking. The trail is easy moderate.
Go right around Elbow lake, through the campground, a trail will take you through the forest, you might feel like your on the wrong one but your not. Eventually you meet up with main trail and its obvious, there will be a creek ahead turn right and walk on the right side of the creek upstream, the trail cuts in and out.
You will start to ascend a small ridge, and come to a fork in the path, go right, climb the ridge and take a look a back at the view it opens up here. This is a good place for lunch.
Rest of the trail is easy and obvious, but very rocky, along the creek (which is actually the start of Elbow River! - go figure, you'd never know it) and a little mild scrambling up alongside the waterfall will take you to the dried up lake bed, and the Glacier behind it! Best dont in mid to late summer id think. I didn't know Glaciers are rocky and look just like mountains lol. I thought they were a big chunk of ice.
Great hike, you'll be happy you did it. I wouldn't bring a dog because of the rocky trail, might cut up the paws.

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