Explore the most popular forest trails in Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful easy day hike, with very little elevation gain once you get to Elbow lake.

5 days ago

Great Hike!! My friend and I did not make it to the main waterfall as we got lost down a trail we thought was the main one. Turned out to be a side trail that took us right to the creek. Ended up finding 3 waterfall pools that we swam in! (Very cold) brought my dog as well and turned out to be a great hike!

5 days ago

For anyone who has not done this hike yet, it is located at the North end of the gas station parking lot. Make sure to follow the creek up to the powelines, and watch for rock arrows to start the trail head.

This hike is rated moderate, although, I would say it's boarder line difficult. The first 15 minutes of the trail are through a tree line, and once you break it is a steep climb to the top. it was very windy when we hiked, and most of the hike is exposed with little to no tree cover, so a jacket was needed. Most of the climb to the top is a scramble, and parts are a little sketchy, as there is a lot of loose shale, gravel, and sharp rocks. I would suggest taking your time and looking for the best routes as you often lose the trail, or a better option can found.

The summit was also not an option for us as it was far too windy, and we would have needed polls. Still a spectacular hike, as the views are incredible, and highly recommend.

Loved this trail easy for kids and such great scenery lots of shade and the water break is a nice cool down on a hot day took my 4 year old good trip would do again

Beautiful hike. Steep pretty much the whole way up so I would say poles are needed, but it is all worth it for the views.

7 days ago

An easy hike that offers a shallow river crossing, lots of water falls, great views and is dog friendly. Make sure you are paying attention to where the junction point is for Junction falls or you may find yourself at Junction Lake instead as it is the more obvious trail.

7 days ago

Hiked all the way to the summit today, despite less than ideal light rain/eventually snow throughout the day. We started early and made it up and down in 5 hours at a steady pace but with lots of stops. It's a steep trail, with some easy scrambling, but you gain elevation quickly and its easy to motivate yourself just by turning to the view behind you.

My favourite part was once the scree was climbed and the notable 'gates' came into view. Once you get here it is a grass trail up to the ridge, and the summit is about 20 minutes to your left. We weren't alone, though, as we saw some mountain sheep grazing near us.

Overall, this trail is unrelenting but not technically challenging or exposed. In nice summer weather I'm sure it's even better!

I have no idea how this is a moderate hike. I developed blisters and somehow a bruised toe. I did this hike today and it was a struggle and a half! Harder than what I anticipated a moderate hike would be. I only made it to the last hump just before the first ridge. I was iffy about even trying to get to the ridge because A. the wind picked up significantly and B. a struggle and a half! I decided to hike down with a couple of people just in case I get lost (as I almost did going up). I was crab-walking the whole way down. Poles are definitely beneficial for the scramble/scree. Next time I will bring poles!! If there is a next for this hike! Gorgeous views the whole way up, though.

15 days ago

Fantastic trail with breathtaking views, but a lot harder than I thought it would be, especially a certain scrambling/climbing section that I thought was really sketchy. I've done other "moderate" hikes and to me this one was harder. But I absolutely loved it and would definitely do it again.

early spring with snow in back bowl is glorious. good leg work out up and down.

22 days ago

Definitely would not consider moderate - would only recommend for experienced hikers. We did it as a sunrise hike. Started at 2:30am and were down by 9am spending about an hour at the peak. Tricky coming down on some of the scramble. Incredible views!

27 days ago

This was a grind! Worth the effort though, the views were incredible! The trailhead is almost immediately after the tiny creek crossing on your right hand side. We too made the mistake of walking clear past it along the telephone poles RoW.

Would not recommend this hike for small children; it was technically challenging and found myself sliding on my butt on my way down. My wheaten terrier crushed the hike, but there were definitely times we needed to give him a boost up a steep slope or guide him down a tricky path. Would highly recommend bringing poles! I did not and wished nearly the whole hike that I did.

1 month ago

I did the full ridge on May 2nd. There had been a snowfall days before - made it a hard Summit. The hike is fairly steep, and involves sections of scrambling. The view on the highest peak is incredible.

Trail starts out well enough but you'll come across a sign stating "Trail not maintained after this point"...As you ascending upon the established horse trail you'll come to a small creek that cuts accross the path, if you do, YOU HAVE GONE to FAR. Go back about 50ft and you'll see an orange flag wrapped around a sapling with a pile of rocks at its base, THATS THE TRAIL...AND it gets worse as you go...Initially u hv a bit of a foot trail to follow then it becomes a game of "Can you find the trail"...So, as you continue, you'll need to read the landscape to stay on track...When they say it's not maintained, they mean it...If you keep a careful eye out, it can be done, just allow some extra time...Nice river creek runs along the lower section, scenery ok.

Not giving it 3 stars because it was bad, giving it 3 stars because I attempted this yesterday and I was still snowed out. Just want people to know to wait a little longer if you’re wanting to do this hike!

Bring an extra pair of shoes to cross the creek right at the beginning!

Very easy hike with very minimal effort. A nice long walk through the woods and then at the end rewarded with beautiful falls. (keep in mind that there are two sets)
Very dog friendly as there is lots of places to stop for water and lots of shade!
I would love to do this one on a horse one day:)

Nice easy chill hike.

Nice easy hike to beautiful falls. Getting across the river at the beginning of the trail without getting wet is tricky - best to have an extra pair of shoes to cross the river with. Quiet trail as we did not see anyone else on the hike today.

Nice hike. Not too strenuous. The falls at the end were a nice pay off for the hike. It was a little steep getting down to the falls so I would not take small children to this part of the hike.

9 months ago

This is definitely a moderate hike with a bit of scrambling. I did it with my 10 and 9 year old boys, but they could only make it about 3/4 of the way up. There are a few steep sections so I would not say it was kid-friendly. But the views going up are beautiful.

Park at the north end of the gas station's parking lot and follow the creek up about 150 metres until you see the trail cut into the forest on the left-side of the creek. I referred to the All Trails map on my phone a few times to ensure we were on track.

Easy hike along Junction Creek to a lovely waterfall. Often used by horse riders and mountain bikers, but never really busy.

Great scenic trail! Starts off with a short but steep climb to Elbow Lake which took us about 30 mins. Then if you keep walking about 3kms past the lake on the trail, you'll come across a pile of rocks on the left side made by fellow hikers with 'Falls' written on the rocks. Just follow that narrow path thru the trees to see the beautiful Edworthy Falls! Took us about an hour to reach the falls from Elbow Lake but we were going at a slower pace so you may be able to do it quicker.

10 months ago

Good hike. Beware of a trail that starts right before the Opal Ridge start. Puts a damper on the outing when you hike for half an hour on a good trail to find out you are not on the right trail. There are no signs so follow the instructions VERY CAREFULLY.

10 months ago

My favorite hike by far. I've gone twice and it's not a well populated hike at all. Starts off with some good incline and then you hit a few spots where you have to rock climb, nothing crazy. Once you get past the first hump you start to see the beautiful views of the backside. You get to walk two ridges if you complete the hike upwards and to the right peak but I've only made it to the left peak and that was satisfying enough. Definitely will do this for a third time before the season is over! I don't recommend bringing dogs as it gets pretty loose with rock and it is easy to lose the trail at a couple points on the way down so make sure to take a lot of stops to look around to make sure you're on the right path! The smoke from the fires affected our view tremendously on Saturday so it's worth the wait if you want the full panoramic view.

10 months ago

Good trail but quite steep for my five year old son. He did good going up but down was more difficult for him. We didn't quite make it to the top. I'll return by myself to complete it.

Falls were awesome. Pretty rocky most of the way. More lakes and a glacier nearby.

A jewel just off the Elbow Trail. Amazing that more people don't know about this. Not a hard hike to get to it. Definitely scramble through the bush upstream from the Falls to find some very cool rapids.

11 months ago

Challenging route and descent but great views

11 months ago

Challenging hike for sure but probably one of the most incredible panoramic views I've ever seen. Can get a little hairy on the decent with the lose rock but the pain is worth it. Leg burner for sure!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Easy to get off trail

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