Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Elbow River Provincial Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Some icy spots, some muddy spots, some dry spots. Overall enjoyable hike with intervals between steep and level trail. Took 2 hours to casually stroll and stop to enjoy views.

Icy and muddy. Be careful

walking
4 days ago

Short walk. Falls are ok.

We just went there today. I know its snowy today yet it wasn’t that cold. It was icy, going down was hard. We had spike shoes on and poles but ice and mud and falling snow wasn’t helping. We are going back again on summer!

We went up April 7th! It was a grunt getting up and muddy by the main road but the skies were clear (despite the snowfall warning) and we were lucky enough to not get hit by the wind at the top so enjoyed our lunch up there! Slid the steep parts on the way down (we forgot our poles). Fantastic hike and a beautiful day! Microspikes are a must (we both slid with ours) and poles would have been nice.

Climb was more intense than prepared for . Muddy at first then snow. steep all the way would recommend poles and spiked shoes . Grueling climb brilliant slide back down. The top was worth the suffering

trail running
14 days ago

April 4
Snow packed trails are in good condition. Short muddy sections are getting a little greasy/slippery.

Lots of snow but the trail is packed down. It took me about 3.25 hours with a bunch of up hill at the link.

Up and down yesterday. Trail is in great condition, and is very beautiful! Should have brought poles and running spikes.

hiking
24 days ago

March 25/18
• We didn't power through this, lunch included it only took us 2HRS
• We went counterclockwise, which we would do that way again as the incline is a little more gradual and you get the views on the way back
• Still plenty of snow, a little icy but completely doable with winter boots

Hiked this trail today with my 11mo in a back pack.
Wore good hiking boots and had poles because I anticipated some icy spots (which there were but nothing too concerning). There has been some fresh snow lately so that provided good grip.
Happy Hiking

Good trail. Great view. Hard uphill battle there, but well travelled and safe. Microspikes a must in the winter. Poles would have been a good idea.

cross country skiing
26 days ago

Nice groomed trails for cross country skiing.
Snow was great, we hooked up with a few other trails and did a loop!
Lots to explore in this area.

hiking
1 month ago

A pleasant walk in the woods with some modest views.

The trailhead here has recently been improved with increased parking, signage and an outhouse.

Trail route is slightly modified as well between the trailhead and the Fullerton Loop junction as the trail no longer dips down to the Elbow River to join the 'pre-flood' route. No route finding issues and it avoids the area that was usually extremely icy in winter and spring.

hiking
1 month ago

well used trail no snowshoes needed

Great winter conditions for micro-spikes with packed trail around the whole loop. Excellent views from the top in all directions.

Easy, and pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike to do. Snow is packed for almost the entire way except the highest part where the wind blows and created some drifting.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my first hike and we did it on a warm day in late September. Was proud we made it up in 90 minutes until a man probably in his 60’s ran up behind us at the summit and said he did it in 41 minutes!!

hiking
1 month ago

A nice winter hike with or without crampons. Going counterclockwise gave us a nice view on the return, and there are a couple of side paths you can take up to higher ground to see a bit more. There's a big flow of ice on one part of the trail but it's easy enough to get around.

Loved it. Gorgeous views. Quick hike and Not too strenuous. Great workout and Fairly well trafficked in the winter. Loved the flag at the top.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great day for it! Lots of snow on the ground

snowshoeing
1 month ago

This was an amazing trail to snowshoe. We arrived at 7.45am and were the only two on the trail until the last kilometre or two. It was so peaceful. I’m not a fit person so was worried I wouldn’t manage this hike, however, I managed it well with regular breaks! It took us about 5 hours to complete (baring in mind my fitness, stopping for photos, one proper 15 minute break for tea and walking through deep snow). My legs were killer by the end!

A lot of it was pathed for us by previous snowshoers, however, the path suddenly stopped and we ended up fending for ourselves for a while and took a couple of wrong turns. Thankfully the app helped us get back on track. The full thing ended up taking us 13km!

The sites were insanely beautiful. Particularly at sunrise. Ending at the river was a treat and a nice way to finish. Will definitely be back in the summer!

Side note - the camping parking lot was closed. We ended up ditching the car by the gate and this seemed to be ok as when we returned there were 6-7 cars there too.

Great views a
on the return

An excellent training hike close to Calgary. We try to do it 3 times a month or more all year round if we are training for expeditions. Not sure why it is listed as a scramble, though. No scrambling involved. Well defined trail. Excellent views. Definitely take microspikes in fall, winter and spring.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail, with nice views of the Elbow river valley. Trail was a bit icy today; but, not a real problem with ice cleats. Will definitely check it out again during the summer hiking season. Would also be a nice snowshoeing trail once the snow returns.

No really interesting hike

2 months ago

Super easy hike but not the best views. Good for a quick outing out of the city but would recommend a different hike if you’re going to the views or for a more challenging hike.

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