Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Great views. Would rate this trail as difficult with how steep it is, the scree and the length. Just my opinion!

trail running
8 days 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.

trail running
15 days ago

A beautiful climb and a little off the beaten track so maybe not as busy as other trails. We were trail running, went up and down it twice. It was a nice change from Prairie Mountain because even though the altitude gain is about the same as Prairie, a much greater proportion of it is runnable (for me anyways!), both up and down. Also loved seeing Mouse Mtn etc from a different angle.

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.

Didn’t make it all the way to the end of the trail, just to the top/beginning of the ridge which becomes a meadow of sorts. At the beginning of June, there weren’t many flowers yet. Perhaps later in the season. Had to do a bit of bushwacking as the trailhead/forgetmenot pond area/parking lot was closed for construction. Quite a few river/stream crossings so this trail is better done on a hot day so you’ll dry off faster. Pack water shoes if you have them. Many of the rocks are very slippery. Very steep incline. Mostly rocky. Lots of exposure. You’ll want a hat. Neat, unique shaped rocks to see & lookout for “the wind chime tree.” Nice view of forgetmenot pond at the top. Was very windy.

One of my favorite early season hikes. Great trail, wonderful views, lovely spring wild flowers. How is it that I never heard of this hike before now.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail....I did this one last weekend....Pretty clean all the way up, except for when you get to the Cox Hill NE Summit marker on the map...You lose the trail at that point due to snow pack coverage...If you're "Trail Running" I'd be cautious as there is a lot of loose rock on sections of the path that have the steepest incline/decline, pick your path carefully....Overall, highly recommend it.

This is a steep incline the whole way up and a hard climb down. The incline is at least 45 degrees. The views from the top can not be beat. Stunning! The river crossing is easy and actually feels nice to dip the feet after the descent. Two summits. Bring lots of food and water and expect to take some breaks. Rocky trail in some parts. I took my dog and he did fine but it did wipe him out pretty good for rest of day.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike, steady slope for most of the way. There are a few lookout spots on the way to the top that houses an amazing view of the kananaskis country area! When I went there was a tremendous amount of snow about 3/4 of the way up, but it just added to the challenge. The view at the top is gorgeous. You will get a beautiful sight of the mountain ridge to the west. Overall it was a great hike, would definitely recommend to the experienced hiker!

mountain biking
2 months ago

As of May 15, there was still quite a bit of snow on the trails towards the top

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

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

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike.

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

a lot of exploring to do up top, check it out, take a look around.

hiking
11 months ago

Slow steady climb. Nice day and a nice panoramic view at the rock cropping summit. Wonderful place to enjoy lunch. Have not spent much time in the area. Neat to see Moose Mountain from the Cox Hill vantage point.

hiking
11 months ago

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

Tricky to find trail around the river crossing. Bring crossing shoes. Nice steady climb.

hiking
11 months ago

Good Ascent, wonderful views, lots of flowers. Ideal for a warm-up hike.

trail running
11 months ago

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.

Diverse trail with a river crossing early on, so prepare accordingly. You'll also find some steep sections towards the end to make this a bit more challenging than advertised. We had trouble figuring out where the actual trail ended, so keep an eye on the map! Great views once you're up there, though, and lots of nice spots to stop for lunch.

on Cox Hill Ridge

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Amazing day. Great views.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great views

The river crossing is quite high!! Be prepared!

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Amazing views at the summits! Well worth the climb! Some ice along the trail and quite a bit of snow starting about halfway up (May 8/17).

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Very challenging but the view at the end is totally worth it. There are a couple spots along the way to look out (views of moose mountain). Starts off with a lot of elevation gain then you can barely notice it until you get close to the top. Took 6 hours round trip with some snow on the trail.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Absolutely unreal scenery. Very enjoyable hike!

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