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Ribbon Lake
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Elbow/Kananaskis Valley,
Kananaskis Country

July 29, 2001

20.0 kilometers

Maximum Elevation:
2076 meters

Elevation Gain:
588 meters

Time Required:
6.0 to 7.0 hours


This popular trail follows a spectacular valley hemmed in by cliffs. All is easy to Ribbon Falls as the trail follows Ribbon Creek and rises gradually. Unless you plan to continue to Ribbon Lake, then it becomes more technical and difficult as cliff bands give rise to two spectacular waterfalls and cause difficulty and danger.

From the falls, the trail to the lake winds through the north bank and crosses the head of a gully to a large scree slope, walk across to the bottom of the headwall. With the help of a chain, pull yourself to the top of the headwall. After the headwall, it is just smooth sailing to Ribbon Lake except some awkward spots, which require the use the handrail to balance yourself.



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