Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

excellent spring hike. spectacular views for moderate effort. snowy up higher take but microspikes not necessary.

hiking
6 days ago

Completed MM trail today - May 15

There are a few sections of snow still in the initial 2-3 km before you clear the tree line, but nothing to warrant extra equipment. Beautiful hike, easy to follow the trail so no route finding required. Great little early season hike. Completed in 3.5 hrs.

Good for trail running as well. A few muddy spots but overall very good.

Nice easy hike to start the year. Took us two hours with two families including 5 kids ages 2.5-7. I’d suggest taking the route counterclockwise makes the incline more gradual. Some mud still but the kids enjoyed the challenges that created.

Trail is a little muddy and parts still have snow but over all a great day. Definitely and easy walk so good for beginners dogs and children

Nice & Easy, but we should have done elbow trail first as it was slushy for the second half

still lots of compacted snow, then mud/slush sections, but easy to navigate with hiking boots...

Still have a lot of know at the Elbow trail

Did this last weekend with dogs. Absolutely beautiful hike. Nothing too challenging.

cross country skiing
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

well used trail no snowshoes needed

No really interesting hike

3 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.

My all time favourite. Gets the heart going but easy to do in a short time. Good anytime of year. Shared with horses.

Love this hike. Stunning views from the top with a picnic table to have your lunch. You can also sign a visitors book. Has some steep parts but overall a great hike.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite trails near Calgary. Beautiful views, nice stops to have breaks. I would rate it as a moderate. Almost all trail it's easy, once you past the forest and enter to the praire, the uphill starts. After that gets kind of steep, but nothing crazy. It gets really windy on top.

hiking
6 months ago

decent hike. from the highway it's around a 7km drive to the trailhead up a gravel road. Go all the way up until you hit the end where the gate is. the trailhead is on the right side right before the parking lot. looks like a gravel service road. starts off easy with a 1km downhill walk which will destroy you on the way back. Rocky trail to mud to everything in between. at 3.3km you'll hit a big valley clearing where you can look to the right and see the peak. Roughly another 3km and you're at the top of the first summit. The base of that starts off decently steep and has around 6 switchbacks. Or you can go straight up and save time but make things harder. If feeling up for it you can go to the main/second peak where the fire/weather station is. Roughly about an hour extra. really windy and no shelter anywhere when you're up there. overall I'd say it's a moderate hike and could be done with dogs or even kids. 13km to the first peak from the parking lot.

mountain biking
6 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Various different sceneries. Then you reach the helipad and you have an amazing place to sit and relax as you have some snacks and rejuvenate before your descent.

This really is a great intermediate hiking trail. Very beautiful and some sections and serene.

great hike, good variety of terrain (trail, gravel, stone). starts with a decline then a gradual increase til moose mountain. once your at moose mountain the steep incline and snow starts til the top. it has a false peak then you go up another peak. it's cold and windy but great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Good little trail. The difficulty of the hills was nice as it was relatively a short hike with the ease of going down after the three hills. We went right first. And glad we did as there was some snow and muddy areas. This would have made it difficult going down the steep hills had we gone left first. Went with two small-ish dogs. Saw some deer, thankfully my beagle didn’t notice :)

Not well marked at all and busy with mountain bikes. Nice forest scenery and easy walk for kids.

hiking
7 months ago

A great trail close to the city that is easy to access. You have to drive up a gravel road to to get to the trailhead. There is also a false summit that you will be fooled by. Makes sure to go all the way to the fire lookout station.

lots of snow on the trail , lots was melting and made for some muddy sections. The views were unbelievable! We will return in the spring or summer to further explore!
PS... trail head isn't clearly marked lol

hiking
7 months ago

Gradual incline but generally a pretty tough hike, especially near the summit. Some snow prevented us from going to the top as we were toting some infants on our back. Gorgeous views.

Loved this loop! Will definitely do it again.

Not a well marked hike. Fairly easy as the elevation gain is spread out through several small inclines.

hiking
8 months ago

If you are looking for a quick and easy walk. This one is great.

hiking
8 months ago

perfect if you are looking for a quick hike close to the City. took us 1hr20min with our 3 month old in a carrier.

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