Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

First hike of the season. It was gorgeous, paths were fab!

Easy first of season hike with nice views that is good for trail runners.

Hiked on May 5th. seems to be an old logging road so wide and fairly hard for most of it's runn. Only 2 snow patches to speak of... one 25 feet long and easily walked around. the other was a bit longer. neither was an obdtacle. Did the route ccw and it was more gradual but left all the great views to the last quarter. Took my 10 year old and did the loop in 90 minutes without hurrying. quite busy... people every 5 minutes or so. Most were in shorts and runners making me feel overdressed!

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

8 days ago

Easy trail, very clear with one or two muddy patches.

Did it with a 3 1/2 starting with the steep side.
Nice view and a nice hike. Lots off kids and families

Biggest issue with this trail was how poorly it was marked. Often got on to another path... or maybe it wasn’t even a path??.. not sure. If there were path signs/markers they were on the ground buried under over growth. I thought it was a beautiful hike, with very few other hikers which was nice. You could really hear the sounds of the forest. ... but definitely needs some marker upgrade.

Nice, quick hike, close to the city. Going counterclockwise seems to be a bit more of a workout, steady incline. Not difficult, lots of families and dogs. Moderate traffic but not too busy.

Easy trail muddy in parts but a great beginner walk with a few veiw points along the way. To make it more challenging try going up the left side first

We love it! Great family hike and good ice cream in Bragg Creek. My favourite was cherry on a waffle cone.

A great easy short hike with some lovely views! Recommend doing the loop counter clockwise so you get the best views coming down the last leg. Trail is in great shape with a couple muddy sections. May 8/18

17 days ago

May 5/2018. Beautiful sunny Sunday hike. Went counterclockwise to better enjoy the view. Path was mostly dry, bit of mud and a tiny bit of snow. Fairly busy trail but an easy hike and with stops for the view and lunch it took us 2 hours.

Pretty busy today. Lots of people, children and dogs. Some dogs were off leash and that was pretty frustrating for us. It was our first moderate hike and did it counterclockwise. The incline was spread out and doable and gets your heart going! Looking forward for the day that this is easy! After half way it is so easy and was nice!

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

21 days ago

28/04/18 We went counterclockwise as recommended in the reviews, and I wouldn't have done it any other way. The first half in the forest is covered and doesn't get a lot of sun; there is tons of ice+slush+mud right now (aka wear spikes or hiking boots). 2nd half along the ridge is dry but very steep walking down. Spectacular views!

Still have a lot of know at the Elbow trail

A nice quick loop that can be done in 2 hours or less and close to Calgary. There is a view point and the trail is doable in the winter and shoulder season if you have micro spikes or snow shoes. Very popular area

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.

trail running
1 month ago

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

1 month 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

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.

Easy, and pretty.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months ago

Great day for it! Lots of snow on the ground

3 months 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

3 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

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