Distance: 18.5 km (round trip) Starting from Elbow Lake Trail head
Elevation Gain: Mimimal (with exception of short steep start)
Special Considerations: The initial ascent is steep and I found poles extremely helpful. This hike can be done in one day, 2 if walking to tombstone on first day, or 3 if camping at Elbow Lake the first night (only 1 km from trail head) Permits must be purchased before trip (from visitor center is easiest). Sites have bear bins, some fire wood available and outhouses.
Take the highway 40 to the Elbow Lake parking lot. From trail head the first km is a steep ascent, walk-able but tiring (especially with a heavy pack) but right at the top is the first Campground. Picturesque its sits on the side of Elbow Lake. You can camp here or continue on to Tombstone. The rest of the walk is fairly flat and through a valley with stunning wide open views of several peaks. I was in awe looking all around. Distance from Elbow lake to Tombstone is around 9 km. The walk can be a day hike with no camping and will be faster and easier without packs. A beautiful walk and well worth checking out.
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