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

Great trail for some elevation and a good distance. No long range views (almost) but so much beauty to see.

Great quick hike you can do after work on a weekday with a rewarding view. I hiked up for 1.5 hours and down for 1 hour. I did it alone and without poles, it was fine but poles would have helped for sure. There are about 3 areas with a very steep climb, but no need to scramble. Excellent workout for sure !

The start of the trail isn’t marked, I parked in the lot where there was a sign for beaver lodge, cross the street and turn right. There’s a little path marked with pink flags.

It was a bit Smokey today you can see it in part of the sky and you can smell it in the air. It was still great regardless.

Bring a lot of water ! I had two bottles and was still thirsty at the end.

Solid hike, but start of hike not marked.
Trail starts on north side of 66, east of elbow falls parking lot - start on elbow valley trail which has some pink flagging tape. After a few metres you will make a sharp left turn up to start prairie mountain trail before crossing a culvert that would continue down the elbow valley trail east. Really straight forward after that!
Good leg burn with great views. Poles would’ve been nice! 3 hours.

Great hike. Has beautiful views both to the mountains and to the prairies. Definitely a leg burner and a bit sketchy coming down even with grippy hiking boots. We unfortunately got stormed on at the top so we took cover in the trees ! Great hike for dogs as well :)

Very simple walk. The loop is easy to find if you follow the GPS. Takes 30-45 ish minutes depending on how fast you walk, but there is a nice river near the trail to take dogs swimming.
Good for families and dogs, but it is very easy so do not go here if you’re looking for a challenge.

Super Smokey when I did the hike but the landscape at the top was still very beautiful! Can only imagine the view when it’s clear. It’s not a long hike but the incline is extreme. If you want to skip leg day for the next month I recommend, just be warned your legs will probably be out of commission for the next few days

We spent 5 hours there for that 13km trail. It was a great hiking with views, shades and creek. Highly recommend! Will come back again.

We went clockwise and had an amazing time. Total time was 3.5 hours. There were some funny moooing cows in 1 of the meadows that my daughter loved. Our 3 kids 9, 11, 12 got a little tired a the end but they also enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended, so many spectacular views throughout the hike.

It’s was a nice short hike for me. Not my favourite but closer to home. I could have made it longer and more challenging for myself but the reward at the top wasn’t worth the hike up (for me) I enjoy harder trails. Good for beginners looking for more of a challenge then grassi lakes

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hiking
7 days ago

I think this trail is great or meh depends on what you seek for. I love seeing flowers and nice views so it was not for me. There was no great scenic point, there was no “we arrived!!” achieved feeling. Trail is mostly shaded by trees and very nice clean paths,good signs and generally very pretty place but if you are looking for breathtaking moment like me, you can pass this trail. It is still great for hiking with dogs, trail run or mountain biking.

Pretty sure this ended up being our hike. We were aiming for White Buddha similar to other reviews we got to this beautiful ridge made our way to what we thought was the loop and got popped out on a gravel road requiring a 22KM drive back to our vehicle. Thankful for friendly, helpful people.

I did this 2 days ago with my 10 year old dog. He needed to stop and rest a lot, as it is very steep and a hard workout! We brought one big thing of water but it was gone before we reached the peak. Bring extra water! The top was so stunning and worth it. However I have been 8/10 pain in my legs for two days now, with difficulty doing stairs (I'm medium fitness level, walk a lot and run). Make sure you stretch! I personally wont be bringing my 4 year old on this one, but I did see kids.

Love this trail for getting in some km’s. Like others have said the signage is bad. If you go clockwise always make sure you take a right when you get to the sign post where the sign is on the ground.
Lots of places to get some trail running in as well if you are into that. The top is scenic and somehow I always have a beer and some snacks in my pack to enjoy when you get there.

Easy to follow trail. well maintained.

Decent trail but signage was very poor. Turned right at the fork where there was a blank/fallen sign. Thankfully it was the right way to go!

I think we did this trail today? Started at powderface and got to top of mountain where we really weren’t sure where to go, along with a few other groups. There was a map but no one seemed to know where to go. Perhaps we should have just got down the way we came but we ended up going down, which was straight at the very top on the back side. We got lost as there was a fork near the bottom, we ended up on a dirt road for about 2 hours. Luckily there were a lot of cars and ended up getting a ride after a long long walk. We were so far away from our car at the base of powderface. It would’ve been another 2.5 hr or more jaunt down the highway. It was a great hike but I feel like better signage would have really helped. If it wasn’t for the cars passing we would’ve been screwed! We would do this again but maybe go back down the way we came up. If anyone has any input on this please comment!

the hike for the first 3 to 4km is rather boring because you're on a service road but once you find the real trail head and get into the switch backs it's much more interesting. we did see one family who biked down the service road. and then ditched their bikes at the trail head. we brought the dogs and they had no problems with the hike. the magic is when you get to climb through the dried up river and see how the water has eroded the area. we had some time on out hands and decided to see how far down the river we could go which required a bit of scrambling but nothing major. we eventually got to a point where the river drops maybe 50 meters (which would have been stunning back when water flowed through the area). by that point we turned back up and refound the trail.

Super workout and yes it’s really steep! They view at the top is worth it though. Did the hike solo without poles.

hiking
11 days ago

Some lovely areas. Enjoyable hike. No spectacular mountain views or anything but very pretty field like areas you hike through

hiking
11 days ago

Busy with mountain bikes but riders were very courteous. Lots of inclines with mostly downhill on the descent.

hiking
11 days ago

Really Nice! Not busy at all. Interesting to see so many cows but love it!

We hiked it for the first time today. An exhilarating climb. Steep in sections but worth it at the top. Bring lots of water and snacks.

Good quick hike, I did it solo on a Friday after work and it took me about two hours. Had the place entirely to myself. Nice walk through the trees to start and then it’s a good incline with switchbacks to the top.

hiking
12 days ago

almost all straight up the side of the mountian but the veiws are totally worth the burn!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike- the first half is a climb, for sure, but once you reach the summit, it’s a nice rolling downhill. Did it with three teens, 3 dogs and some old men (haha- they’re only 50 but have bad knees) We all agreed we’d happily do it again.
Lots off mountain bikers- 99.3% of them were super polite.

Great, short hike but probably would not recommend for small children. I took my three kids and they were unable to make it to the top comfortably. Otherwise, really neat terrain and an alright view for the little elevation. There is also a really cool "fairy tale" feeling waterfall right where the trails separate.

Has anyone ever camped on the other side of prairie mountain ?

Did this one solo in 2.5 hrs (but I was cruising, outrunning some weather... did not want to be up there in a storm). Good shoes highly recommended, some loose rock but found it easy overall. I would do it again!

hiking
14 days ago

This hike is all about the destination. Start at the little elbow trail head and follow the path to the right along the river. We did this hike with small children (but it's long) once out of the campground the first 5K in and back is a mostly flat gravel road along the river. It would have been more enjoyable for the kids if we biked it to save time. You could easily use a chariot on this section. The river views make the road more enjoyable, there is spots to stop and throw in rocks. Once you reach the end of the 5K you will reach a stream (do not cross). You can park your bikes/chariots here. Congrats! you've reached the trail head. The trail goes straight up some steep switch backs for about 20 minutes (do not walk up the stream, the trail head is right before up in the woods). Once you're at the top walk for another 10 minutes and once you're back in the trees the canyon is down the hill to your left. It's not marked but if you can see all the rocks below you're headed in the right direction. It was well worth the walk to get to this awesome location, very secluded, a narrow canyon with lots of climbing opportunities to explore, go as far in as you are comfortable with. The kids loved it! I would have given it 5 stars if we biked.

hiking
15 days ago

Great work out and views.

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