Hydroline to Elk Pass Snowshoe Trail

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Distance:
12.4 km
Difficulty:
Easy
Elev. gain:
220 meters
Time required:
2 - 4 hours
Bikes permitted:
Yes
Dogs permitted:
No

Directions to trail head

From the intersection of highway #1 and highway #40 turn left and head south on highway #40. Proceed for 50 kilometers on highway #40 and turn right on Kananaskis Lake Trail. Drive 9 kilometers on Kananaskis Lakes Trail and turn left into the Elk Pass Parking Area. If you are facing the washrooms, the trailhead is on the far left hand side of the parking lot.

Hazards on trail

The Elk Pass and Hydroline ski trails are depicted on the trail maps but the snowshoe trail is not.

Hike Description

Dogs are not allowed on the ski trails in the area. This is one where you should leave your four legged friends at home.


The trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot marked by the fluorescent orange snowshoe trail markers. The trail follows a combination of snowshoe and cross country ski trails. It is well marked with the flourescent orange markers but if you have trouble, remember that except for short sections on the ski trails the trail follows the hydroline all the way to Elk Pass, so keep your eye on the power lines.


From the parking lot, the trail starts below the hydrolines. Within the first kilometer the trail leaves the hydroline following ski strails in two separate sections. Ultimately, 1.4 kilometers into your trek you will find yourself on the Elk Pass Trail looking over a treed gully. Below is the scene you will see.


Elk Pass Hiking Trail


This is the only tricky part of the hike. Across the gully below the hydrolines is the trail. To get to that point follow the Elk Pass Trail to the right down the hill. Keep an eye out for kamikaze cross country skiers. At the bottom of the hill there is a trail marker. Take a left and within 20 meters there is a trail marker at the point (waypoint #07) at which you turn into the woods. Walk 900 meters in the woods and you will find yourself at an intersection with the ski trails. Turn left onto the Hydroline Trail and climb the steep uphill. At the top of the hill (waypoint #09) turn right and follow the hydroline for 3 kilometers to Elk Pass. Along the way on the right hand side you will see Mount Fox.


Mount Fox from Hydroline Snowshoe Trail Alberta


I could not find a PDF aerial view of this trail online but it is on flickr. Follow the link to see the aerial view. To see more of the trails in this area, see the post for the Blueberry Hill Trail.


Hydroline to Elk Pass Snowshoe Trail Peter Lougheed Park Alberta


Follow the link to a larger version of the Google Earth image of this trail via flickr.



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