Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Big Elbow

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.

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. 

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Open
Length 26.5 km one-way
Elevation: 350 m / 1,150 ft
Group Size Limit: 35 (Permit information)
Summer biking/cycling,hiking,horseback riding Biking/Cycling Hiking Horseback Riding
Winter
Trail Map Elbow Valley Summer Trails Map
Sheep Valley Trails Map
Trail Report: Elbow Valley
Trails: Elbow Valley | Kananaskis Country | All Parks
Updated: May 15, 2024