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

Did this at the beginning of November, some snow but it was doable. The views were great once you got to the ridge and the elevation wasn’t too bad although we couldn’t continue to the finish due to the crazy strong wind. Overall great hike with great views.

hiking
17 days ago

Made it to the base of the peak of cougar mountain. Went to the false summit and across the ridge only 2271 elevation gained.... however I couldn’t push on due to snow and wind - wasn’t safe even preparing for the hike. Next time going to try it in the summer and camp at the camp ground below - hike the peak and spend a night at the camp ground. Really amazing views and a Beautiful mountain. That 12km straight line to the hike area is a killer. I did it on a bike there and back and it was tough go. Crossing the river was interesting too (used logs to make a bridge) I think the camping will help spilt up that 12km trek a lot better.

We went last summer, underestimated this hike Haha! Took us 7 hours round trip, I’m pretty sure we hiked 2 trails or were just that slow! amazing views at the top but we were very ill prepared! Haha next time we will bring more then one water bottle! Enjoy!

Did a recon Oct 20 on this trail for a group hike on Oct 23. Still quite a bit of snow on upper Trail & on the ridge. Ice grippers helped on the way up but snow was soft on the way down so grippers not needed.

The incline on this hike was enough that I'm still feeling it a little a couple days later but I think the most challenging part was the snow. The trails up and down were fairly packed down but the ridge itself was untouched, which meant snow an average of halfway up to our knees making it more tiring. We originally planned on doing the 17km of ridge, but having forgotten my gaiters resulting in wet feet I'm glad we had parked at the shorter trailhead. Also keep in mind that the 14km ridge is more like 17km anyway because of the ascent and descent. Beautiful view of Moose mountain as well as Yamnuska and the frontcountry! I would definitely bring friends who are newer to hiking on this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike has beautiful views that run along the elbow river/creek. Most of the trail is spent on a park service road, which makes the hike easy but a tad boring. You also have to cross the river/creek, so plan on getting your feet wet. Once you cross the creek and head down the road, you will have to pay close attention to the gps as there is no trail head or trail for that matter to summit cougar mountain. So all an all the trail goes from rather easy to hard in a sharp left turn up the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

it is a challenging trail and hike. The initial walk in is along the fire road so biking is an option. I walked from the trail head parking lot to the river crossing in just over an hour. once you cross the river into the forest it is not too bad to find your way. just keep looking forward and you will know where to go.

I did not get to the summit as my legs decided they were done about 200m from it. if you do want to summit you do need to climb up a shaft so climbing experience and a helmet may be a good thing to have.

The scree up absolutely sucks and took me almost 3 hours alone..however coming back down took about 40mins.

Check my recording for details.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

Easy to follow trail. well maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

Great hike! Pretty easy through the trees, gradual incline to a beautiful view at the top. Awesome spot to have some lunch and lay in the sunshine for a bit, or continue wandering along the other trails from the summit.

Very enjoyable hike, not a lot of exposure to the elements as you are sheltered in the forest for most of the hike. Plenty of wild flowers to see, and once you escape the tree line in the final ascent, there are many beautiful views of the valley. The hike starts off fairly steep, but if you can get past the first half or so it levels off and becomes relatively easy. The final climb to the flag requires some foot work as it is mostly loose rock, but it is not difficult. Overall a very enjoyable hike, a good workout but not hard. The trail is pretty busy, keep your head on a swivel for horse dung and mountain bikers.

A hidden gem with stunning views!!! Definitely on my top 5 even though it’s a super laid back trail. If you’re looking for more of a challenge hike the ridge over to Moose Mountain.

This trail will not disappoint!!!

I’d also consider this trail family friendly.

camping
3 months ago

We did the first part of the hike (little
Elbow campsite to big elbow backcountry campsite). The trail is super flat with beautiful views. It’s only 8.7 k to the campsite which is right on the river and really beautiful. I would totally recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

The view at the top is unreal. Loved the fields and valleys of wildflowers along the way to the top. Steady incline and switchbacks throughout! Easy rooted trail that only gets a tad rocky before the peak. Bugspray is a must, and quite shaded for the majority of your journey... I felt particularly stoked to have am extra layer at 8:30am when we started on the trailhead. It was nippley.

An awesome trail with little traffic.

Great views! Hailed on our way down which added to the unforgettable experience.

Relatively easy walk to the flag, I think it goes on for a while longer but I didn’t have time. Also a nice trail for horses if you have!

hiking
4 months ago

Super swell views and a great workout. Bit steep in some parts but nothing crazy

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

Great trail, well marked,

hiking
4 months ago

Did this on July 6/18. Fairly easy hike with no exposure. Nice views. Lots of options for little side trips to other lookout points.

hiking
4 months ago

Fairly steep for 3/4 of the way up. Last 1/4 to ridge/summit not as bad. Took 3 hours round trip from parking to south summit with a 3 year old. Great views.

spent all day Saturday June 30 down big elbow trail looking for geos, some areas have washed up, first bridge is gone, made it to Tombstone Backcountry Campground stayed the night =)

Night stay at Tombstone Campgrounds journeyed down Little Elbow Trail July 1st, very beautiful, nice going down the mountain the up =)

4 months ago

Trail is near impossible to find. Basically a bush whack till you get to the scree line, once you’re there just find any way up. Mostly fine plate scree

hiking
4 months ago

I would classify this hike as moderate, it’s definitely not hard. The first little bit is kind of a slog. Great views at the top and lots of forest walking and mountain flowers. Easily done in 2 hours

Great hike! Trails are well defined. I wouldn't say it was a hard hike. The uphill in the beginning was moderately strenuous but doable.

Great hike! Very scenic and beautiful views. However, I would not consider this hike as hard. It is a bit steep at the beginning, but nothing any novice hiker couldn't tackle and it can be easily done without hiking poles.

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