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hiking
13 days ago

Today we spent an amazing 5 hours on this trail. With a fresh snowfall the night before we trudged through 6-8” of fresh snow. The trail was so peaceful. Easy hike just long one. I would recommend this trail with the fresh snow.

This is a decent trail though it is rather narrow. It's almost entirely through thick bush and is extremely buggy in early summer. I used this trail to try out some new hiking gear - rain jacket, gaiters and pack, before heading off to bigger trails. There is a point at about half way where the trail opens up into a large meadow with a tributary which was really nice. It was rainy that day but on a clear day the view would be even better. This trail is great if you have a few hours to knock out a nice day hike. Just don't forget the bug spray!

Usually pretty low traffic on this trail, due to length I suspect. Common to see bison and moose. Bug spray highly recommended for this trail.
Have done this trail in winter and run into serious drifts along south end of Flyingshot Lake, about 500 meters of fence posting through it as I didn’t bring snowshoes, rest of trail seemed fine.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy trail. We saw bisons, moose, deer, different birds.

hiking
4 months ago

A good walk through the woods; as it’s a longer trail, there wasn’t much traffic and it was wonderfully peaceful. There were definitely some muddy patches. There were bison along the way, and plenty of signs that there were many more nearby. Bug spray was a must; even being bathed in DEET, I still needed bug netting over my head for the last 4km or so.

Bring insect repellent, water, snacks/lunch. take out your ear buds. turn off your phone and put it in your pocket. pay attention to your surroundings (dont state at your feet). Very enjoyable hiking, lots of great views and wildlife.

nice views and a little bit of incline at some spots. some benches to sit on and a picnic table halfway. not too many muddy spots. overall good day!

trail running
5 months ago

Lots of water in early spring. Decent chance to see bison and moose.

Great hike easy trail

In winter it’s
Not very scenic

trail running
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Colourful hike
Easy Trails
Little muddy in parts

walking
Monday, October 02, 2017

It was a relaxing trail to walk on. Not a challenging terrain. Very pretty in the fall with all the yellow leaves

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

16km of woods... the odd opening. I didn't see any wildlife other than birds. I found the hike very boring. It's mostly flat however, but I suggest you wear pants as parts of the trail are grown and there's lots of thorns.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

This was my first time going to Elk Island, I really enjoyed this trail! It is long but with very little elevation. The weather was very hot that day so I started the hike around 8 am, in hopes that the cooler morning temperature would have some of the Bison/wildlife on the move. Turns out that was the right way to go, just driving to the trail head there were a lot of bison walking along the fence that borders the highway, I stopped and got some great pictures there. Later on the trail I came face to face with some more bison! The bogs/marsh areas were mostly dry so it was easy to get around them, and the bugs were also at a minimum. It was a great day!

the trail markings leave something to be desired because a few of them are somewhat confusing at the trails junctions but that was a minor issue. It was a good trail for walking the dog, came across several large buffalo on the trail so be ready for an encounter with large wildlife. Back off down the trail and make some noise, they will quietly sneak off into the woods. Completed the hike in 3 hours with a couple stops to take pictures by the lake.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Nice hike, long but not too challenging. We saw a few wild buffalo and deer which was super exciting!

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Great hike. Wide paths for the majority, lots of lake views and wildlife. Paths are clearly marked and have maps at each juncture.

A few muddy patches but not bad at all and the mosquitoes were surprisingly good as well (lots of dragonflies helped!). Dog on leash was fine the whole way.

Took close to 3 hours for a moderate pace.

walking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Not too busy and nice wide trails for mountain bikers to pass. Kept the dogs on leash with no issues. Lots of frogs and coyote poop.

great trail. got turned around at one point as we travelled the loop backwards and the trail wasn't clearly marked to head on 3.. ended up on 9 which added a decent amount of time to our day once we figured it out and turned back but it was worth it! Some areas are still a bit muddy and wet but there are paths leading around to get through. Saw a lot of wildlife along the way as well.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Pros:
- Long hike with minimal elevation, so it focuses more on endurance vs. strength
- Some beautiful scenery, lots of trees, alberta rose bushes, wild strawberries, and raspberries.


Cons:
- LOTS of bogs and marsh land. Most of them do have trails other hikers have used to get around, but you really won't be able to avoid getting your feet damp.
- There are quite a few mosquitoes, but they back off with the lovely scent of DEET

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Not a great one when it's still damp out. About 1km in, we ran into a puddle we couldn't get around without wading through. Considering how thick the mosquitos were, we decided to turn back & try another trail.

Great, easy trail. Gentle terrain and lots to see!

hiking
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nice place if you avoid the campers. Not easy stroll. Though there are some swampy crossing with only sticks and logs as your bridge. Don't be fooled by what may look like solid ground neat the end of those logs... I was, but luckily my hikers are waterproof lol.

If you go in spring, be prepared for lots of mud.

And while in the park, we did see a few bison.

My only beef is with smokers.. We picked up so many cigarette bugs on the tail.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hiked this trail numerous times there are some soggy areas. Well maintained lots of wildlife to see if you are light on your feet. Give yourself 5 hours

hiking
Sunday, February 15, 2015

This has got to be one of the worst hikes I have ever done in Alberta. Not only were the mosquito hulk size the trail was flat boring and the heat of the day put a damper on all hiking party members. It took us a hour and fifteen minutes at fast pace walk/run to complete this. I would not waste the money or time to come out here, unless you have a full bug suit on (mossy spray did not keep them away).

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Keep in mind I had just spent a week in Yellowstone/Grand Teton, so I was feeling rather spoiled. That being said, this was a pretty flat and boring trail through the trees so not many views. Mosquitoes were horrible to the point where i started jogging on the trail just to avoid being eaten alive. Stumbled on a dozing Wood Bison, so that was pretty cool, but other than that, not much to write home about

hiking
Friday, March 28, 2014

Decently fun trail. Have seen deer, moose, bison, and many birds from very close range-- great for photos. Can get pretty mucky during the spring or after rain... Would second that comment about bugs but that seems to be the park in general.

hiking
Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Nice hike, long though as walking through a forest with low scenery. Didn't see any bison elk or deer. There were birds but didn't have any binoculars. Tons and tons of bugs!!!!!! Had to spray myself 6 times on the loop. if u stopped and looked down there would 50+ Mosquitos around u

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