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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 / 0.9 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.