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(Closed Dec 1 to June 15) Follow Hwy 40 south past Kananaskis Lakes Tr 18 km (11 mi) along Canada’s highest paved road to its most elevated point. From King Creek picnic site, drive or cycle steadily up Valleyview Rd to Elpoca Viewpoint, a picturesque picnic area with a short walk down a steep bank to Opal Falls. Farther along, Gap Mountain rises to the east; and Kananaskis Lakes are to the west. Past Little Highwood Pass picnic site is Elbow Pass picnic area and the easy, rising 1.4-km (.9-mi) trail to Elbow Lake. Walk farther to Elbow Pass alpine meadows. Next is Rock Glacier; a 10-min interpretive walk explaining the massive, slowly moving rock pile. Stop at Highwood Meadows, access for the 3.6-km (2.2-mi) Ptarmigan Cirque trail; after a steep stretch reach the ridge-ringed, wildflower meadow. Highwood Meadows also has picnic tables and an interpretive wetlands boardwalk. At 2206-m/7239-ft Highwood Pass, you’re 105 km (63 mi) south of Hwy 1; admire Mt Rae and Mt Arethusa peaks and look for mountain goats, marmots and sheep. Return how you came, or continue to Longview and Calgary.