Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Was a great time, took our dog out on leash and she met a few other dogs along the way. If you have dog boots, take them with, although it wasn't muddy theres definitely some wet spots. We loved the trail, especially if you take it counter clockwise, some great view/easier to hike near the last quarter of the hike. Enjoy.

Enjoyed the hike. Went on Oct 28, weather was perfect for a hike, sunny with temperatures around 8 degrees. Some elevation to climb but gradual, would consider it to be an easy to moderate hike. We started at Paddy’s flats and hiked towards the river, poor signage - difficult to find the start of the trail. Nice views of river at beginning of hike. After crossing hwy there is a climb that brings you to an opening with great view of mountains - good spot to break for a snack/lunch. Lots of mountain bikers and they don’t have bells to warn you they are near. Some call out to warn you, some do not. Our group had a near miss with a young mountain biker who didn’t have good control when riding down a hill. Pointing it out to keep an eye out for bikers coming behind you. Overall, hike was great!

Stunning day. False summit today. Too slippery to progress to the peak without cleats. Lots of slippery stuff under fresh snow.

Took the dogs here. Was a quiet, peaceful hike good for all ages. Despite other reviews we found the trails too be pretty well marked. Although we didn’t run into any it was very evident that the free range cattle are out and around!

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12 days ago

Watch for the trail towards the end of Riverview that allows you to descend and walk along the river bed. Hit the end of Riverview trail and decided to turn into a loop. Connected with Pneuma and then Elbow Valley Trail to connect back up. No snow, great hike.

New hiker here! This was close to Calgary, and a quick hike, didn't feel long at all. There are some steep uphill sections that can leave ya a bit breathless, but still totally manageable. Lots of muddy sections and a bit of hard-packed ice. A few nice views, but mostly forested. Lots of friendly people and dogs on the trail!

Easier to climb upwards on the right side

I went today with a group of kids (9-11 y/o) so didn’t do the whole trail with the wind, but it was good! Pretty slippery in some areas and a bit wet/muddy in others.

She was a leg burner today with the snow and wind but I finally made it to the real summit! Amazing views, great exercise and so much fun! would definately do again in the summer!

Did this hike on 10/21. Spectacular weather (and views). Trail is nice and wide/visible. We only made it to the false summit as the snow was quite deep in spots or icy and my 6 y/o only had trail runners on so we played it safe and didn’t go to lookout tower. Definitely will do again early summer!

beautiful trail, easy enough to complete it with young children

Great two hour hike. Snowy and muddy for most of the trail.

I did this trail today just to get out for a while. Fall colors were really nice and there are some views. The trail was a bit muddy and snowy today but nothing major. Easy quick hike.

1 month ago

Though many hike Moose Mt from the top parking spot, it can be hiked from Bragg Creek parking following the gravel road. After about 6-7 km the gravel road that is an access to a pipeline valve facility ends and trails goes up toward Moose Mt. It joins the main trails after about 5 km. The total hike from Bragg Creek parking is about 30 km. We started at 5:30 a.m . and finished at 2:00 p.m. with 3 stops for snack/lunch.
Though I ranked this hike 3 that I wish I could rank 3.5, it is still good to hike. I give 5 stars to trails such as Skoki Loop, Paradise to Giant Steps, ...

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2 months ago

We love doing this hike at least once a year. Its fairly easy and has some pretty views. Nothing spectacular but its a lovely half day hike!

We got a bit lost but there is a nice variety of forest and views of the river from high up. Could hear cows along the way too!

The majority of the trail is a gravel road to the natural gas plants on moose mountain, which isn’t the greatest for mountain scenery. Once you come to the end of the road, the trail up to the caves starts of well marked but sort of disappears and it becomes a bit of a scramble on loose scree up to the caves.

The caves themselves were pretty cool and very accessible. We didn’t go to the end to see the ice (we chickened out) but the cave was nice and tall and never felt claustrophobic. Bring a headlight and warm clothes as it is noticeably colder in the caves than outside.

If I were to do this trail again I would bike to the cave trailhead and would not recommend bringing your dog for this one.

Did this one 2 days ago and the weather was great. Ankle deep snow in some areas but overall manageable. Trail is fairly visible, daunting view from the base to the summit but it's not as difficult as it may seem.

If you don't mind bush whacking a bit (as parts of the trail are poorly marked) then it's a beautiful hike. Took us about 2 hours round trip. GPS was handy so we could check periodically and make sure we were heading somewhat along the path. We cris crossed from one side of the trail to the other a few times. When starting out would recommend taking the trail to the right of the waterfall as it's a little better marked especially for the climb up.

Second time doing it this year. Getting a lil chilly up there so layer up. Have some patches of snow but nothing too crazy. Kids and dogs up there too. Bring a pole to assist and a headband or toque for the wind. Trail on the last stretch to the tower seems intimidating but the trail was actually pretty wide. Very good to do for mileage and a lil cardio. We added some weight in our bags for added challenge. It’s going back to the parking lot in that uphill is a killer lol! Great one to finish summer hikes for this year.

great hike. turned around at moose mountain road.

Awesome!!

Amazing view from the top. False summit so keep going and sign the guest book and have lunch at the picnic table. Km climb at END of hike so that can be tiring.

Took our dog out for an afternoon hike September long weekend, was lovely, trails were in great shape. A few bikers but all really nice. Great round, including running into cows!

A fairly easy (if long) hike with excellent 360 mountain views from the summit. Just starting to get a bit of snow near the top but still easily passable without extra equipment. Our 7 month old puppy tagged along and was able to see snow for the first time!

Most of the trail is nice and wide with a very gentle incline. The final few hundred meters looks daunting from the bottom (and was a bit nerve racking with wind gusts and cold today) but was well worth it for the summit! We hiked mid week and were the only ones in the parking lot. Quite a bit colder and windier at the summit than at the parking lot which necessitated us wearing our winter wear despite it still being August.

I would highly recommend this hike for large groups looking for an easier hike. I would be comfortable taking less experienced hikers along as the false summit is quite easy to get to and still offers great views (although the true summit is still king!)

Great leisurely trail. Beautiful river views throughout, with pockets of peak views as well. We didn’t see anyone until we were headed off the trail, around noon. I could see weekends being a lot more busier.

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2 months ago

Nice quick hike. We went counter clockwise as per a recommendation. A few hills towards the end but nothing difficult. We completed the loop with 2 adults, 2 kids and a dog in about 1:20.

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2 months ago

Really nice hike. From start to finish was about 16km. There are a couple spots that are shortcuts but are not necessarily the easier choice. Nice trail to the mountain, and what looks like a daunting climb is actually very manageable. The last km on the way back is another uphill climb and is a bit of momentum killer but that’s the price of a great hike. Total time for us, not pros by any means was about 5.5 hrs. Including the time at the top to rest and enjoy the views. Make sure you sign the guest book in the mailbox.

Beautiful trail as well as some amazing sights. Would definitely recommend. .

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2 months ago

Beautiful views the last 1-2 km. Steady incline. You can go up to where the Heli pad is. You're just not allowed to go into the Hut.

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