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.

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.

hiking
1 month 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!

great hike. turned around at moose mountain road.

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!

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.

Lovely trail about 6k in length with beautiful wildflowers in June and early July.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

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

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.

hiking
2 months ago

We went with our youth group and everyone enjoyed a beautiful

on Fullerton Loop Trail

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike!

Lots of steep trekking and high climbs, but totally worth it! Just when you think you summit the hill, it brings you down and then higher yet again.

Great way to spend a hot July afternoon, my dog Madison loved swimming in the water across the road from the parking lot after a good walk.

hiking
3 months ago

Have not been hiking in 8 years. Was a little challenging, but still great!

nice hike, not too hard, beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging hike if you aren’t used to quick elevation gain. Compared to other hikes I’ve done, the views were mediocre but lots of pretty wild flowers. If you want an easier hike, go clockwise on the trail. For a much more difficult hike, go counterclockwise. Overall had fun and great hike to condition with and my dog easily walked this hike too

trail running
3 months ago

I did this as part of a 30k trail run loop yesterday, Pneuma > continuing Moose Packers > Ridgeback then back across Elbow. Ridgeback was one of my favourite trail runs in the area. I loved it because it was so runnable compared to so many of the trails that are so steep and have gorgeous views at a summit but are too steep to actually run (for me). This one is truly trail running, lots of rolling ups and downs, plenty of root/rock sections but mostly runnable and beautiful thru the trees. Lots of beautiful boardwalks too. I'll definitely be coming back to this one!

Beautiful views! I enjoyed the changing scenery, various levels of incline and had the joy of seeing several deer throughout the morning. I would it again!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult for this beginner so it took us longer than most reported here. Beautiful scenery. I think we took the more difficult route by taking the left fork up the stairs. It was much steeper and longer than staying to the right.

hiking
3 months ago

Took us 3.5 hours with our child and dog. Amazing views. Only complaint was it was quite congested on the Saturday we went.

walking
3 months ago

Good walk

Great trail for a beginner seeking a challenge. I’m new to hiking so the incline was difficult, but worth it for the views. The path along the river was cool and all the wildflowers are in bloom right now. Agree with a user below, path is very poorly marked. Most of the mountain bikers were gone by the time we started at 2pm.

Great trail for dogs!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail to follow, nice views of the valley

nature trips
3 months ago

Perfect afternoon hike at Fullerton. My calves got a great workout with the mini hill climbing on the one side of the loop and a nice gentle downward walk on the other side of loop.
lots of folks out with their dogs. clean and friendly experience with great view s.

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