Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Big Elbow

    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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Warning

  • There is a bridge out south of Big Elbow Backcountry towards Tombstone Backcountry and a river ford is required.  Construction is ongoing in the area (see posted advisory for details).

Trailhead:
    Length:26.5 km one-way
    Elevation Profile350 m / 1,150 ft m
    Type:Out-and-Back
    Group Size Limit:35  (Permit information)
    ActivitiesHikingMtn Biking/CyclingEquestrian/Horseback RidingBiking/Cycling,Hiking,Horseback Riding
    Trail Map Elbow Valley Summer Trails Map
    Sheep Valley Trails Map
    Trail Report:Elbow Valley
    Trails  Kananaskis Country  - All Parks
    Updated: Jul 19, 2019