Rae Lake via Elbow Pass is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,057 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

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nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

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6 months ago

Hiked 2019-11-09. Trail is snow packed up to Elbow Lake. Snowshoes and cleats not required but recommend having the cleats on hand. After the Elbow Lake campground, the trail is not as well travelled. There are a few areas with ice on the trail and then areas that are completely bare due to the wind. After the falls, you veer off to the right/east on the Rae Lake trail. Initially snowshoes will be helpful here, but then the trail goes back and forth between completely bare to knee deep or more. Trail is hard to find once you get past the drumlin. Make sure you have this app or a map. Rae Lake was frozen and awesome. Recommend bringing snowshoes and ice cleats, but you may not necessarily need either.

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8 months ago

This is not the proper GPS. You need to go further before turning twords the lake. All trails has a second map. Use that one. The trail although narrow through thick trees is well beaten and easy to follow

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bugs
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9 months ago

Rae Lake is well worth the hike but there are two routes, one very clearly marked and well worn (not this one!) and this one that is more direct but requires navigation and bushwacking through the middle section. Huge voracious black flies made our stop at the lake briefer than we would have wanted but it's a gorgeous spot! I'd recommend using the other route for your first visit to Rae Lake then using this route the next time for a bit more of an adventure.

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rocky
10 months ago

This was an adventure. The trail up until you feel like you need to turn to get to the lake is wide open and very rocky. We turned way too early and had to do some definite route finding. Had a barely existent trail most of the way to the lake. We ended up taking the hard way. Came back through an easier way but was still a make shift trail! Fun! If you like route finding and not running into a soul while you’re out in the mountains this is for you!!

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10 months ago

Fantastic hike! Well maintained and wide trail. Went with my mom who recently broke her ankle and the level trail didn’t bother her. Brought my dog as well and she enjoyed the numerous streams that bordered the trails. We unfortunately went too far past Rae Lake. MAKE SURE THE READ THE MAP AND CAREFULLY LOOK WHERE TO TURN! Super tough to find the lake and still unsure where to actually turn to find the lake since the trail goes on forever! It was super tough to identify. But other than that it was a fantastic hike and would do it again!

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rocky
10 months ago

This map is not accurate. After Elbow Lake, continue going as pictured (a short detour will get you to Edworthy Falls) and take a right off the main trail as it appears on the Alltrails map. Continue through the trees, and the narrow path will come out into open hills. Where it looks like you should again turn off at a driftwood marker DO NOT. The GPS won't match, but continue past the hill to your left and down the valley a little and you will come to a trail marked with rocks and an arrow. The trail is still a bit overgrown, but easy to spot and follow up to the lake. The lake is nice with good spots to camp. Be aware of the wind direction when choosing where to camp; it was very windy this weekend and we were getting pelted with sleety rain on the southeast side of the lake. Make sure you have good ankle support for the first half of the hike!

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10 months ago

This was a lovely hike. We couldn't find the Rae Lake trail indicated on the map. Tried following a trail that looked like it would be adjacent to the tail on the map, but it ended. In the end we backtracked back to Elbow Pass and followed the horse trail until we came to a trail that ran beside the stream that flows out of Rae Lake. So there was a little bit of path finding required, but the view at Rae Lake was well worth the effort.

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10 months ago

Beautiful! I have done this twice now and both times we lost the trail coming down on the South side but the route finding is fairly straightforward as long as you can see down the valley to the actual path. Definitely worth a visit.

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10 months ago

Beautiful! I have done this twice now and both times we lost the trail coming down on the South side but the route finding is fairly straightforward as long as you can see down the valley to the actual path. Definitely worth a visit.

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Sun Jul 22 2018

It’s a long hike 21 km. But it’s easy. Start at Elbow lake hike the trail on the left of the lake, stop at Edworthy Falls around half way point marked by a Cairn on the left side of the trail after you go through the valley. Do some research before going to find maps to Rae Lake or you could lost. It’s off Sheep River trail. I love this area. It’s a must see.

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Fri Jul 06 2018

Hiked this trail June 30,2018. Initial ascent is is a bit steep to Elbow lake then the rest of the hike is on a flat wide trail with nice views along the way there was a few wet spots but otherwise trail is in great shape. When we needed to branch off and ascend the trudge up Rae mountain we needed to do a bit of route finding since it's early season and the trail we were on was almost non-existent and there are no signs. We finally found the trail up to Rae Lake which is really pretty.

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Wed Aug 16 2017

**Did a variation of the posted map** Where the map has you turn to walk below the mountain, we continued on down the main path another 700 m to the junction with the Sheep River Trail. Walk down the Sheep River Trail for about 1.8-1.9 km. You'll see a big pile of rocks - that's your trail head (If you've walked over top of the stream [piped underneath the pathway] you've gone too far). Walk along this narrow, forested, uphill pathway alongside the river for about 1.37 km, at which point you will arrive at at Rae Lake! Taking this way in and out was 19-20 km and took about 6 hours, with a couple short breaks, I would recommend long sleeves and pants if you want to walk along the river pathway - there are branches of all shapes and sizes at various heights. Overall quite enjoyed this hike. Great scenery - forests, lakes, river, valleys. Hard, loose rock pathway so you'll want some thick soled shoes! Will definitely do again.

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7 months ago

recorded Rae Lake via Elbow Pass

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