Over the Thanksgiving weekend Christine's family and I decided to head out to Kananaskis and hike up to Elbow Lake. The lake sits at the bottom of a valley in the Elbow Pass are of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, which is part of the Kananaskis Country park system. The trailhead is at the Elbow Pass Day-Use Area, which is approximately 60km south of the Trans-Canada Highway along Highway 40. Elbow Lake Trail is relatively short (only 1.4km one-way), but it's steep and gains 120m of elevation rather quickly.
The lake itself lies at an elevation of 2,120m (6,960ft.) and is the headwater for the Elbow River that eventually meets the Bow River in Calgary. The trail is open to a variety of users including hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and even anglers, so be prepared to meet a variety of different people along the trail.
|A section of the trail, which is actually an old road|
|The southern end of Elpoca Mountain|
|The northern slopes of Mount Rae|
|Christine and I standing on the lakeshore|
|One last look at the picturesque lake before heading back to the parking lot|
Overall it was a pretty good day in the mountains. The wind was quite chilly, but the sun was shining and that can make all the difference. I'll have to remember this spot for future hiking and/or camping trips.