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.

hiking
2 days ago

Good hike, rather busy with other people and bikers, but well worth the effort.

The view up top is amazing!

excellent hike! the initial downhill descent was deceiving, but it gradually climbed from there. Great hike through the trees, the path was nice and wide. I did not donthe final climb to thr viewpoint, only to the too of the first. I found it to be difficult but once at the top, the views were great! did this hike round trip (including stopping for lunch at the top) in 5 hours. My fitbit calculated this hike to be 15km (without going thr extra distance to the viewpoint)

hiking
10 days ago

This was a good hike. Well marked trail, beautiful views of the mountains at the top. When you get to the last little trail don’t stop! It looks deceiving but go for it! It’s worth it. It wasn’t too hard but you will get tried on your hike back up to the parking lot.

Loved this hike! Get on the trail and power it up! Definitely some character building moments but those make for the best summits! Mountains 360. Highly recommend this hike for those considering a solo hike

hiking
14 days ago

Hard to rate this one. If you are looking for a relatively easy, nice hike then this is good for you. If you want a challenge and a good climb, then not for you. Well marked trail and lots of room to move, and you will need it because it is a busy trail. Get there no later than 9 if you want a quiet hike. Go counter clockwise and enjoy the view near the end of your hike.

Wowzers! This one was a challenge for me! I’m getting back into being active soo this one was tough tough tough.. I managed to make it to the switchbacks but turned back before climbing further! Going is not so bad but coming back is brutal. A lot of downhill on loose rock path. Definitely got a workout coming down and of course as you come back and get closer to parking, you have to go up the really big hill that you came down starting. Keep that in mind when hiking. Save some strength for the end! I managed to get through all the while dealing with foot pain (prior injury) however.. the hike is beautiful! Will definitely going to be coming back and concur the mountain up to the fire lookout!!

hiking
14 days ago

Some lovely areas. Enjoyable hike. No spectacular mountain views or anything but very pretty field like areas you hike through

hiking
15 days ago

Really Nice! Not busy at all. Interesting to see so many cows but love it!

great hike, lots of ups, downs and flat spots so you can pound it out pretty easily. rewarding views.

What a beautiful hike. Worth the reward once at the fire lookout at the very top. A bit of a rocky hike. Took us 4.5 hours.

Pretty easy hike at first gets harder at end but great for beginners. The look out is nice and nice views.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this for the first time this last weekend and did the trail in reverse. For a more intense climb I recommend doing this in reverse (clockwise) however no reward at the end (views on the Ridge side that would be the reward if done going the posted way (counter clockwise). On the Ridge side there are a few locations for great Insta photos. Lots of trail side benches to rest. The trail is quite wide so easy to allow room for folks coming in opposite directions. The slope is steep down on the Ridge side (walking counter clockwise) and there is some erosion close to the bottom but nothing too serious.
This is a popular trail on weekends so not recommended for those seeking to not run into another human being.
I'd recommend this trail for families (ages 7+), beginner hikers and those wanting a quick hike on a jammed day or weekend as this can be done in a short period of time. I think smaller kids would either get bored or run out of steam but each kid is unique so parents discretion on that one. Nothing is super hard or technical on this hike, an instant gratification, confidence building hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike, beautiful views and not difficult. The uphill near the end was discouraging. But otherwise very manageable and well worth the effort.

Bring a bike for the first bit. Bring a flashlight for the cave. It doesn’t go very far in, just past where
you can see the entrance and it is worth making it to the end (that’s where the ice is).

Definitely better to bike the first 5km. Open, gravel trail. Lots of oil/gas stations in the way, which was a turn off. The cave itself is very neat, and bigger than we expected. We didn't go to the next Chambers as the pass is very narrow and we did not have any experience in exploring caves. Overall,it is an interesting hike for those who seek a different spot to explore (other than lakes, summits and waterfalls). Bring gear to explore the caves, including headlamps, extra clothes, cloves, helmets.

The trail is not well marked at all, about 5 minutes in the the only way to figure it out is with the GPS, not ideal.

Beautiful day. Great hike. 2 1/2 hrs up. Layers recommended and good hiking shoes for the rocky terrain. Fantastic views.

Beautiful hike. We somehow ended up on the elbow trail. This trail needs better signs.

Nice trail but not much of a view from the top. Fairly flat/moderate incline for the first 2/3 or so and then a decent climb for the last 1/3. I’d recommend hiking shoes/boots. Trail is pretty rocky. But definitely still doable in runners.

Great hike

Lots of people out on the trail. We got the hard part out of the way first and went clockwise... thankfully or else would have been longer more gradual climb.

We went with our youth group and everyone enjoyed a beautiful

hiking
28 days ago

What an awesome hike! Has a little bit of everything. It took us about 5 hours to complete it with a 30 minute break at the peak. 3 hours up, 2 hours down. Amazing views during the entire hike, especially at the peak! But beware of the false summit...! There’s still a bit to go.
One of my favorite hikes so far

More like a 2.5. Trail very hard to find without app or gps. Some parts of trail have no definition and you can easily get off track. Most of hike is in the forest, then you come out into the meadow which is quite nice. Best advice is to find one of the many other better trails out there.

trail running
29 days ago

Good variety of terrain from long inclines, short flat spots and steep slopes. Nice wide trail with lots of people. Would recommend.

on Fullerton Loop Trail

hiking
29 days ago

Fullerton Loop Trail was a great hike with great views. Perfect length, and a short drive from the city. I noticed there is a lot of what looks to be Cow Parsnip so be careful. Overall great hike and enjoyable.

Arrived early as got a parking spot. Did this as a solo hike as I knew I’d be ok as this is a busy trail. First 5km easy then a little more challenging up hill, lots of people taking it steady. Beautiful views from the top. Take boots with ankle support as very rocky. Last 1km to parking lot is uphill. Passed loads of people hiking in on my way out.

Loved it! A bit of everything. Did this hike solo. All kinds of weather so bring layers. Beautiful views! Go early ... passed a bazillion people on the way down.

Great little hike!

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