Explore the most popular birding trails in Little Elbow 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.

Relatively easy walk to the flag, I think it goes on for a while longer but I didn’t have time. Also a nice trail for horses if you have!

hiking
2 days ago

Super swell views and a great workout. Bit steep in some parts but nothing crazy

Beautiful hike! Lots of scenic stops on the way up. Gradual incline so not too difficult until you get below the ridge and then you scramble up. Coming down from the ridge you have to watch your footing with the areas of scree and steep decline. Gorgeous day!! Would do again and go further along the ridge next time. I recommend being on the trail by 8am to avoid traffic.

Did this on July 6/18. Fairly easy hike with no exposure. Nice views. Lots of options for little side trips to other lookout points.

hiking
9 days ago

Fairly steep for 3/4 of the way up. Last 1/4 to ridge/summit not as bad. Took 3 hours round trip from parking to south summit with a 3 year old. Great views.

Great hike!! Views are lovely most of the way up!

hiking
16 days ago

I would classify this hike as moderate, it’s definitely not hard. The first little bit is kind of a slog. Great views at the top and lots of forest walking and mountain flowers. Easily done in 2 hours

Great hike, pretty busy however, but really great views.

Excellent!

Great hike! Trails are well defined. I wouldn't say it was a hard hike. The uphill in the beginning was moderately strenuous but doable.

Great hike! Very scenic and beautiful views. However, I would not consider this hike as hard. It is a bit steep at the beginning, but nothing any novice hiker couldn't tackle and it can be easily done without hiking poles.

hiking
24 days ago

From the bugging to top is uphill only. It was good exercise and too of the Mountain View is beautiful. I will go back there again.

Beautiful views, the last 1/3rd of the trail is a bit anticlimactic though.

Great views the entire hike. A nice mix of trees and open rock

One of the most memorable hikes I've done. Incredible views on the ridge. We weren't able to make it the whole way along the ridge as the wind as extremely strong. Beautiful hike the whole way!

Views

We didn’t make it to the very top as the wind picked up the higher we got and the weather was starting to turn, but what we saw was memorable. We then managed to lose the trail coming back down.

super scary sidewinding parts

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on a sunrise (June 2 2018). Started hiking at 3am ish from the trailhead parking. We somehow managed to sneak in the parking lot (It said it was closed). Got up to the start of the ridge when the sun rose and it was amazing! Highly recommended for sunrise. We had the ridge all to ourselves!

hiking
1 month ago

Would do this hike again, but it is definitely not hard. I made it up to the flag in well under 2 hours without pushing myself. Great views at the top. most of the hike is in the trees. A slow and consistent steady climb. I found Prairie Mountain much more of a challenge.

Ended up here by accident today after getting lost trying to find Ford Knoll Loop

hiking
1 month ago

very manageable elevation gain since it was spaced out, and good variety of tree covered/scramble/climbing. there was a little bit of snow on the trail that was still melting but nothing up on the ridge. the ridge is quite long, and it was very windy up top so bringing layers is a good idea. Got pretty busy coming down at around 1:00pm. in all, the views on the ridge are panoramic and well worth it! definitely would recommend

hiking
3 months ago

This trail start is a good 3 K walk from the parking lot. The start is inside a campground and it starts going uphill and feels like it never stops. Some real scrambling and very stretchy on one mountainside. Yes the views are amazing from the top but it’s a lot of work and a bit dangerous for my liking to get to the top. Much nicer hikes around this area to do. This is my least favourite.

loved it! Some parts are extremely steep, many ways up, you can chose to climb or hike up. on the way back I took a "shortcut" and decided to try and stay on the ridge until far down the trail and climb down part of the rock. I soon realised I bite off more than I could chew so I climbed back up and looked up to find an old native man who told me if I followed the ridge further down there was an easy rock latter to get down which was great and and made it so I can avoid the steep section

hiking
6 months ago

Nihahi was my third hike and it was a tough one but boy was the view worth It! I recall it taking us 2.5 hrs give or take. mind you it was a really hot day. I definitely want to do it again only this time go more prepared as we ran out of water going up

hiking
7 months ago

About the final chance to get up here before the winter gates shut. Higher you get, the deeper the snow, just up to the high point and flag. Looking forward to developing this one in the summer to make a big loop. Completely on our own all day, so feels pretty wild.

Not very hard at all. A little bit of a grind off the start, but no biggie. Not very technically challenging either. I'm thinking who ever decided this would be rated difficult may have had one leg. Nice views up top. Moose Mountain, Prairie Mountain, Forgetmenot Ridge, Nihahi Ridge are all clearly seen from here. Any of which would have been a better choice. This may be good for trail runners, if that's your thing.

I found that the squirrels were quite loud and seemed to be quite angry. I don't speak squirrel, but I would assume what they were saying was less than polite. My dog understands squirrel contextually at best, and was quite offended. I would recommend going elsewhere for this reason if you have small children or have a sensitivity to vulgarity.

hiking
9 months ago

A great trail that really doesnt have an end. You can hike down this ridgeline quite far.

4 stars because this trail can be busy but the views are still excellent. Once you get to the ridge, it also doesnt really matter how far you go.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely stunning views! The trail isn’t too hard to get up, and while it is steep the elevation gain is spread out and I found it manageable. The views from the top of the ridge let you see all the way down the valley and it was definitely worth it!

Best done in dry conditions I couldn’t reach the top cause it was pretty slick from melting snow but will go back for the great views. Didn’t seem as long and steep as listed either. Would be nice if the day use area was on the other side of the campground though

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