As my mountain plans fell through this weekend, my sister and I decided to take a short drive to Elbow Falls, just an hour outside of Calgary.
This isn’t a hike per se, but it’s a nice stroll out in winter air. We were the only ones there when we arrived around 5:30 in the evening. The walk was blocked off with a chain, but we just stepped over.
It was chilly, but we managed to get a few snaps. Going right before sunset was perfect, we had the whole place to ourselves.
I managed to slip and fall on my ass on the packed snow (i’m just clumsy), but this is an easy trail for all ages.
2/52: Elbow Falls
- Level: Easy
- Distance: 800m
- Elevation: very minor, a few areas with stairs, but separate path with wheelchair access
- Time: Under half an hour
- Short, peaceful walk (if that’s what you’re looking for)
- Wheel chair accessible (when trail is not blocked off)
- Quiet in the evenings
- Can be busy during the summer
- Trail is “blocked” off during this time (Feb)
- Trail can be slippery
- Overall: A great place to take a stroll, but if you’re looking for a longer more strenuous route, this one may not be for you. The waterfall is beautiful with extra charm dusted with snow. A great place to stop by for a quick visit.
Directions: From Calgary, Head west on Highway 1 and merge onto highway 22 (towards Bragg Creek) then turn right on highway 66 west.
What did you get up to this weekend?