Looking for a great trail near Longview, Alberta? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Elbow River Provincial Recreation Area or Little Elbow Provincial Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Ray Morse Park. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Longview ranging from 1.6 to 5.8 miles and from 5,370 to 7,650 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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snow
8 days ago

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snow
8 days ago

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snow
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

A great hike with amazing views. We did the loop going up the hard way and then walked along the ridge and down the easy way to make this a 12km hike. There was lots of snow so snowshoes would have made the hike more enjoyable and easier. We were able to follow the tracks from previous hikers but in spots the trail was completely blown over with fresh snow. We did not meet anyone or see fresh footprints all day.

Short and sweet! In an absolute beautiful area. Steep uphill for the first little bit. The lake is beautiful - we got there on a hot day and there were lots of people there bathing.

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scramble
3 months ago

I’ve been going to Etherington Campground for years and always wanted to hike this trail. The scramble to the top was a lot tougher than I was expecting. Basically, you hike down the old road/snowmobile trail until you are right next to Baril Mountain, and then you hike up the side to the top ridge line of the mountain. There is no real path, just scramble up to the top. Once you are up top, it is a very nice view, worth the work up. The hike down is basically pick your trail as well, travelling throughout forest... I’d probably do it again, the view from up top is truly great.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike on the way up. You can either head left at about 3.3km for an easier hike up or take the steep ascent right. View from the top is great. We foolishly decided to take the "alternate" way down (continue straight down the ridge to make a loop vs out and back). Don't make the same mistake. You'll end up having to bushwack your way back to the main road while clambering down rocks.

Great views from the top

hiking
3 months ago

This might be one of my favourite hikes! Beautiful forest walk that opens up to incredible views. I do not like heights and was a bit worried about the ridge walk but i loved it. No extreme exposed areas, was a but windy and cold at the top today as well as a little slick coming down with last nights snow. Cool little old lookout tower up top and you can actually see the city. Trail almost impossible to get lost on... we did not walk the river bed, but stayed left out of the parking lot and started up right away. Very dog friendly. I’d say the 10km stated on here is actually 10 miles/we tracked it at 16 km (2.5 hrs up and under 2 hrs down). Highly recommend. Not much traffic.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike today. Great hike pretty steep near the top for a bit but nothing too difficult. Very nice views from the top and along the way.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

A very beautiful trail. Basically uphill all the way, with a dense forest for most the way, which was a little creepy. Then a scramble to the old fire watch house. Clouds rolled in at the top which was quite beautiful until the thunder started, then we got out of there as quick as we could.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great hike. challenging enough with excellent 360' views up top. the first half of the trail is a bit boring through dense forest and not a bunch to see, then the trees clear out and above treeline views improve immensely. The fire lookout shack up top is a fun little shelter to have a quick lunch. on the way down we took the switchbacks instead of following the cut line which lengthened the hike a bit but was a nice change of scenery.

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bugs
4 months ago

Completed this hike August 4, 2019 with a dog. Beautiful, quiet hike featuring lovely mountain flowers and an incredible view from the top. We went up the hard way and down the easy way, I would recommend that approach to save your knees going down. The beginning of the hike is easy to moderate, but the ascent to the ridge is very steep. One of my favourite hikes- reasonably challenging and beautiful. Bugs were a bit of a nuisance.

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4 months ago

Excellent! Did this because my awesome mom did it awhile ago. So much up...but SO worth it! Did it alone & felt safe with just a few groups of people & a very clear path to follow

A few steeper parts but was a beautiful hike with panoramic view from the top

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4 months ago

Steady climb to about 3.5km. When trail splits that’s when it starts to get steep to the ridge. Great views from the top. Actually took the long way down but didn’t record. Next time would just do out and back. Start this one early if it’s going to be a hot one.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail overall is moderately graded overall (considering there is almost a 900 m elevation gain over 5 km), with level stretches bringing relief to the uphill grind. The lower section is heavily treed so not many opportunities for views. This is more than made up for by the upper ridge which culminates at an abandoned fire lookout with a 360 degree view of the local front ranges, foothills and downtown Calgary just visible on the horizon. Well worth the effort. Trail conditions were surprisingly good given all the recent rain, it wasn't too windy and there were lots of wildflowers in bloom.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

One of my favourite hikes so far, although it was a challenge! The first 1/4 of the hike was through the trees, almost straight uphill, and quite grueling. From there the trail moves to switchbacks, which allows for a much needed break. After you clear the treeline, it's quite rocky, and again an intense climb to the ridge. I could see how people would find the ridge/scramble walk intimidating, but the trail is very wide, and felt very safe. The views from the top we're amazing, and despite this being a very hard hike, I would go again and again. The fire lookout was also very cool, but also loved by many bugs... All the trails were well marked, and on the way down, we decided to cut the switchbacks with some new trails that others have added.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Did this hike the other day and found it a bit on the difficult side. It is definitely straight up for the first bit and then it starts to turn into a switchback but then when you reach the top of the tree line it gets rocky and vertical. The ridgline is a little bit sketchy when it’s windy so make sure you have your footing. I enjoyed the views of this hike!

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great trial but very difficult. It is completely straight up and straight down. Be prepared for a a leg burner. It was also very windy at the ridge so be careful around that area. But all n all it was a cool experience seeing the old fire lookout and weather station.

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5 months ago

Recent snowfall has made the trail a mix of slick mud, slush, and gaiter deep snow. It takes ages to leave the treeline, but once you do, the view is outstanding. There is a beginners scramble for the last kilometre or so. Great hike to give you a bit of a push.

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off trail
5 months ago

I took a group of grade 9's up to the top of Three Cairns. The wildflowers on the upper slopes in June were amazing. The views of the surrounding mountains were also impressive. As logged by others, we used the ridge to the West of Three Cairns and the adjoining saddle to make our approach. I find it a longer but a more manageable ascent than the one indicated on the base map. It does not require any scrambling. There is not much of a marked trail, kind of a find-your-own-path. I'be hiked this trail twice and find I am learning and liking it better each go! Definitely worth it if you are willing to do a bit of trail blazing.

What a great day hike! Slow at the start with a steep incline and then an amazing view as you come over the ridge. Fantastic!

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike on Saturday with my mother (62) and father (71). Both are in pretty good shape. The first half of the trail is a real uphill slog. We stopped multiple times for a breather. Once you get to the switchbacks, it gets a lot easier. I would definitely say this is at least an intermediate hike. If you struggle with steep inclines, it's not for you. There is a straight stretch that lasts for about a mile, straight uphill, and steep. Poles were a godsend.

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blowdown
6 months ago

Trail was in pretty good condition, hiked it June 8 after the snow overnight and surprisingly little snow. Abit of a scramble above tree line, but great views from the top until a little snow flurry came in. We took it really, really slow due to injury recovery and had a great 9 hr day out. The switchbacks help keep grades more moderate. There is a newer route from the parking area labeled “direct route” on some maps. This is definitely quicker and easier to find.

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