Elk Pass to Elk Lakes Cabin (Peter Lougheed/Elk Lakes Prov. Parks)

Elk Pass to Elk Lakes Cabin

12.5 km one way via Fox Creek

2oo m elevation gain

For this trip we checked out the closes backcountry cabin to cowtown.  The ACC’s Elk Lakes Cabin in Elk Lakes Provincial Park in BC.

Given the option of heading to Elk Pass Cabin along the endlessly boring hydroline trail in Peter Lougheed Park, we chose to follow Fox Creek to the Pass which was much more satisfying.  After taking a quick break at the pass we crossed over from the groomed trails of Alberta into the BC back country of Elk Lakes Provincial park.  We followed the hydro line for a while before veering off along small switchbacks that offer great downhills with intense corners.  We arrived at the hut frozen at sunset.  It never was warmer that -24 C.

Known as the “Little O’Hara” and with good reason.  Crystalline lakes, glacial shrouded peaks, ancient BC forest. Although not as many options for day tours.  Check out Upper Elk Lake, which is superb.

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Stoked at the Elk Pass Trailhead
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Looking back at Lower Kananaskis Lake from under the hydroline after the first hill
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The forest thickens after the fox creek trail junction
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We follow fox creek to the base of the climb to the pass
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Snow forest
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Snow forest
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Snow forest

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Mt. Fox above the snow pillows along Fox Creek
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Mt. Fox though the trees
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The forest. Climbing towards Elk Pass

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Elk Pass and the Elk Range
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Crossing over into BC
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Looking into BC from Elk Pass, we followed this cutline to the bottom of the hill before turning right at the Elk Lakes park gate to access the hut

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Sunset begins as the temperatures drop
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Arriving at the bottom of the pass on the BC side
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The gate to Elk Lakes Park.
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Elk Lakes cabin through the trees
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Inside the cabin
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The morning, setting off up the cutline to the pass (cutline leading to AB to the right)
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Looking back along the cutline as we ascended back to Elk Pass
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Wind sculpted drifts from the day before
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Sastrugi

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Lunch at the Pass (looking into Alberta)

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Descending through the trees
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Mt. Indefatigable from the Hydroline as we near the trailhead
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Lower lakes as we near the trailhead
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Our route from Elk Pass Trailhead to the Elk Lakes Cabin

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