Kananaskis Country

Big Elbow Trail

Construction Advisory - Big Elbow Trail

This is the east half of the well-known Elbow Loop. The old fireroad follows the Elbow River upstream past Big Elbow Backcountry Campground to Tombstone Backcountry Campground and trail junctions beyond. There are views of Threepoint and Cougar Mountains, Mounts Glasgow and Cornwall, and Banded Peak.
The trail also starts/ends at the Elbow Pass Day Use area on Highway 40 in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. From Tombstone to Elbow Lake add 6.0 km. 


  • There is a bridge out south of Big Elbow Backcountry towards Tombstone Backcountry and a river ford is required. 
  • Tree felling and brush clearing operations at the north bridge washout location on the Big Elbow Trail.

    Length:26.5 km one-way
    Elevation Gain350 m / 1,150 ft m
    Group Size Limit:35  (Permit information)
    ActivitiesBiking,Hiking,Horseback Riding
    Trail Map Elbow Valley Summer Trails Map
    Sheep Valley Trails Map
    Trail Report:Elbow Valley
    Trails  Kananaskis Country  - All Parks
    Park Boundary
    Updated: Sep 20, 2018