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It is a beautiful hike but unfortunately there are sections of the trail in need maintenance. Other than that I loved the views, plants, flowers and the train of the trail.

My daughter and I really enjoyed this trail, but heads up - the sign for the difficult section actually states that it’s not recommended for use. We went on a warm, dry day so we didn’t experience any treacherous sections, but I would use a lot of caution if using the trail in wet weather.

Peaceful path, lovely river views and a great way to see some nature inside the city. Ran into very few other people - but may have to chalk that up taking a mid afternoon hike on a weekday.

Nice simple walk, as long as you make sure you’re taking the right path. The second 5k ends up being mostly neighbourhood walk, but you see a lot of beautiful houses.

The side along Emily Murphy Park is nice. The north side is just a walking path, it’s nice but loud. Groat road bridge is also under going construction right now, still walkable though.

On Sunday. May 8, 2018 while walking the previously marked pedestrian only dirt trail between Whitemud Park and Belgravia off-leash dog park, I was theatened with the words "if I have to go back to the beginning of this trail to view a sign that supposedly says no horses, no bikes, peds only; that will be the time that they will be dragging your body out of the river". Yes folks, I was threatened with death by the leader of an ~10 large pack of cyclists, most of which heard the threat but would not acknowledge hearing it. Now I understand that parts of that dirt trail are supposed to be off limits to all due to soil erosion and instability but I know for a fact that 10 days previous to today, there were two signs at the NE start of that trail that showed no horses, no bikes, pedestrians only. However, those signs no longer exist as it appears someone took some boltcutters to the no bikes, peds only sign and now the "killer" cyclists have laid claim to that entire dirt trail as they consider it unmarked and unmonitored. C'mon Christians of this city, back me up on this and have the city replace the removed sign and affix a sign stating properly, whom or what is or are allowed to use said dirt trail or at least admit that the city does not give a rat's ass to the safety of those of us elderly walkers who also have rights without having to fear "our bodies floating" in the North Saskatchewan River courtesy of rogue cyclists. Sorry about my language but this just happened to myself, my wife and our dog an hour ago!!

Great walk easy and not busy!!

Nice trail for the beginners.

Easy to wail, beautiful river and DT view if you walk to the university side.

Near heavy traffic on the north side of the river and the south side of the river was covered in ice and snow. Trail won't be clear until mid May/early June.

The access to stairs was excellent!

Beautiful especially in October . Surrounded with trees, quiet and peaceful!

This trail would have made 5 stars for the scenery and level of walk (for a very overweight beginer to walking for weightloss and health). But the stench is soooo horrific at times on the trail that I will not be coming back.

Lovely walk.
RIP Hunter's Hat lost on blue bridge

good trail takes about an hour to complete

good hike with off leash area along the river

One of my favourite trails. Good view of the city, but still feels like you're in nature. Great for walking dogs, lots of places for them to put their feet in the river

trail running
Monday, June 05, 2017

Easy if you're walking. Not so easy if you're running with the elevation changes(unless you like that kind of thing) and unpaved trails on the south side

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great for a beginner. No too long and on the way back there was a little bit of an incline.

Great trail, washed out in a few areas, mud is very slippery too.

Not an easy loop lots of different paths to take and is confusing!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Awesome trails and hidden paths throughout the whole valley. Most of the better spots are south of the river. Nicest part of Edmonton in my opinion.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Used to go this trail just about every other day. There's a lot of neat nooks and crannies if you explore deep .

paddle sports
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Always nice especially in the fall.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Absolutely amazing trails along the entire South and North side if the River going through the city! 3 types of trails from technical single track, cleared dirt/horse trail to paved trails! All with
beautiful views of the river x 4 seasons!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Check out the "goat trails" mostly made by the mountain bikers. They are the best hidden secrets.
Also check out my Blog on the website of the River Valley Alliance: "Our Magic Backyard" at http://www.rivervalley.ab.ca/get-involved/magic-backyard-blog/

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A great place for walking and biking.

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