Rae Glacier Trail

MODERATE 17 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
455 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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.

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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
Saturday, September 03, 2016

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.