Explore the most popular birding trails near Bragg Creek / Kananaskis with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike. We somehow ended up on the elbow trail. This trail needs better signs.

More like a 2.5. Trail very hard to find without app or gps. Some parts of trail have no definition and you can easily get off track. Most of hike is in the forest, then you come out into the meadow which is quite nice. Best advice is to find one of the many other better trails out there.

Such a beautiful hidden gem!! From one wildflower meadow to another. Great, easy day!
The trail head is a bit tough to find, but there are blue trail flags up the hill on the east side of highway 66. You can park in the rest area across the highway. The trail is relatively easy to follow if you follow the trail flags. When you are going to descend you come into a beautiful meadow on a steep slope. The trail is hard to find here. Find the tree with the white trail marker and go directly down the slope with a slight hiker right. There is a slight trail that will lead you back on the the trail. Keep going down and to your right (ish). Beauty day!

Lots of steep trekking and high climbs, but totally worth it! Just when you think you summit the hill, it brings you down and then higher yet again.

trail running
1 month ago

I did this as part of a 30k trail run loop yesterday, Pneuma > continuing Moose Packers > Ridgeback then back across Elbow. Ridgeback was one of my favourite trail runs in the area. I loved it because it was so runnable compared to so many of the trails that are so steep and have gorgeous views at a summit but are too steep to actually run (for me). This one is truly trail running, lots of rolling ups and downs, plenty of root/rock sections but mostly runnable and beautiful thru the trees. Lots of beautiful boardwalks too. I'll definitely be coming back to this one!

Lots of colorful wild flowers, decent half day hike. Keep an eye open for bears, we came across one a few KMs in.

Great trail for a beginner seeking a challenge. I’m new to hiking so the incline was difficult, but worth it for the views. The path along the river was cool and all the wildflowers are in bloom right now. Agree with a user below, path is very poorly marked. Most of the mountain bikers were gone by the time we started at 2pm.

Great trail for dogs!

Nice and quiet. No summit, just a hiking loop.

Excellent easy to moderate day-hike. We did the Ridgeback in and the Tom Snow ( less up and down) out. By the time we were done, I was bagged... that's what happens as you get older.

Great quick trail. Some nice views. Keep your head up for bikers!

2 months ago

Good hike with a nice Riverview and a couple spots of incline for challenge.

Great hike, took the dog - first hike of the season so we were looking for something easy-moderate and this was perfect! Relatively easy to follow, great view points as well as you get right in on the river and the dog loved the icy-bath to cool her down at the tail-end.

3 months ago

Easy walk with the kids. A little wet and muddy in spots

Good for trail running as well. A few muddy spots but overall very good.

Biggest issue with this trail was how poorly it was marked. Often got on to another path... or maybe it wasn’t even a path??.. not sure. If there were path signs/markers they were on the ground buried under over growth. I thought it was a beautiful hike, with very few other hikers which was nice. You could really hear the sounds of the forest. ... but definitely needs some marker upgrade.

Trail is a little muddy and parts still have snow but over all a great day. Definitely and easy walk so good for beginners dogs and children

5 months ago

This was an amazing trail to snowshoe. We arrived at 7.45am and were the only two on the trail until the last kilometre or two. It was so peaceful. I’m not a fit person so was worried I wouldn’t manage this hike, however, I managed it well with regular breaks! It took us about 5 hours to complete (baring in mind my fitness, stopping for photos, one proper 15 minute break for tea and walking through deep snow). My legs were killer by the end!

A lot of it was pathed for us by previous snowshoers, however, the path suddenly stopped and we ended up fending for ourselves for a while and took a couple of wrong turns. Thankfully the app helped us get back on track. The full thing ended up taking us 13km!

The sites were insanely beautiful. Particularly at sunrise. Ending at the river was a treat and a nice way to finish. Will definitely be back in the summer!

Side note - the camping parking lot was closed. We ended up ditching the car by the gate and this seemed to be ok as when we returned there were 6-7 cars there too.

Took the snowshoes made the east end of Sulphur a bit easier to walk. Beauty day Jan 15

Dec 10/17. Beautiful views of mountains and river. Glad we had micro spikes. Easy to follow trail however gets a little confusing at the end down by the river. we ended up tromping through the campground to get back to our car.

Great views up near Moose Mountain Road, and down through the Riverview Trail. Hiked this loop Nov 14/17 - snow was packed down enough on the trail that you don’t need spikes or snowshoes.

This really is a great intermediate hiking trail. Very beautiful and some sections and serene.

Need better signs, try to read the map while in intersection (take pictures at entrance, some signs are broken). Overall pretty good hike for all ages.

Took the moose mnt. Road down then circled back onto elbow valley trail for a 10km.

trail running
Friday, July 21, 2017

This was a slog at times. My legs wanted to quit and did many times. We took ridgeback up and Tom snow down. 12.8km loop, we omitted the top 3k loop and I'm glad. This one was a tough one but a great time along the wooded ridge.

Not great for hikers. This is really a mountain bike trail. Not well marked and a hard path to find. I thought it was lovely but it's very narrow and when bikes are coming toward you, you have to move into the brush. I wouldn't hike this one again. And I wouldn't bike it either because that's not my thing but it seemed to be quite popular as there were a ton of bikers out there!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gorgeous trails with lots of different views : mountains, river, wild flowers. Trail get close to road in some areas, hearing car from far. Crossing the highway makes it a tad sketchy but doesn't impact the experience too much. Overall a 10k with mix of flat and steep elevation. Our retriever, Lola, had a good time too.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful! Came across a giant moose and lots of deer. Enjoyed this hike

Trails are not marked well.
We ended up starting at Station flats because Patty's flat Campground did not have parking for say use.

We went on Sunday, May 6.
Light snow and muddy but saw lots of wild life.
Owl. Coyote. Elk.

Nice and close to the city, lots of ups and downs. A pretty decent view from the top. We went on a Saturday in April and we only saw 3 other groups of people on the whole trail, that part was nice as our dog likes to be off leash.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I backpacked a piece of this trail anti-clockwise to Big Elbow back country campground and back out the same route, 20k in all. Very little elevation gain, wide open fire road, excellent views all the way of the surrounding mountains. There are 4 major washouts from the 2013 flood, 2 to be wary of. The first is the trailhead, it's gone from its original location at the Trailhead parking area. The trail has to be accessed via the suspension bridge a little further up. The second is at about 8km in, the trail is completely gone and a little skirmish up the river bank is required to get back to the trail. Temps in the high 20's in and out the next day. Camp ground had wood, an axe, toilets, bear lockups for your gear and great views. This was a training hike for me carrying 30lbs so I aimed for little elevation and short distance. My preference is elevated views hence only 3 stars

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