Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

5 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.

a lot of exploring to do up top, check it out, take a look around.

Satisfying hike. Did this trail before I downloaded the app.

Nice day hike, not difficult and not too overcrowded. Was surprised at number of people who bike this trail! Continue on from Prairie Loop to Powderface Ridge for some nice views of the surrounding area in all directions!

Beautiful view

Tricky to find trail around the river crossing. Bring crossing shoes. Nice steady climb.

Diverse trail with a river crossing early on, so prepare accordingly. You'll also find some steep sections towards the end to make this a bit more challenging than advertised. We had trouble figuring out where the actual trail ended, so keep an eye on the map! Great views once you're up there, though, and lots of nice spots to stop for lunch.

Amazing...ups and downs...shaded and open...well-marked trail from the start at the very end of hwy 66. Spectacular, awe-inspiring view west from the ridge summit. 4 hours takes you up and back including a side-trip to the flag and cairn, and a rest break and stroll along the ridge.
Dog-friendly too, as my 7 yr old Shepherd cross will attest to.

Not a bad hike, good elevation, nice forested areas

9 months ago

Beautiful blue sky day! Not crowded...took the ridge from the Powderface trail access 7km from Hwy 66. Not Hard...easy hike.

10 months ago

Great hike near calgary! We went in 2 cars so left one on the powderface parking lot and the other 7km ahead where we started the ascent. Great to do it that way as you get 2 peeks and amazing views!

The river crossing is quite high!! Be prepared!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Nice short hike. I like to go at a good fast pace but the climb had me sucking air a couple of times. There was snow on the top and a good breeze but I had my sandwich and a cup of tea and came back down. The dogs loved it as well.

Friday, August 26, 2016

This is an easy hike. Little steep at the first 2km but nothing we can't hike on.

Love this place

Monday, May 30, 2016


Sunday, July 12, 2015

I backpacked a piece of this trail anti-clockwise to Big Elbow back country campground and back out the same route, 20k in all. Very little elevation gain, wide open fire road, excellent views all the way of the surrounding mountains. There are 4 major washouts from the 2013 flood, 2 to be wary of. The first is the trailhead, it's gone from its original location at the Trailhead parking area. The trail has to be accessed via the suspension bridge a little further up. The second is at about 8km in, the trail is completely gone and a little skirmish up the river bank is required to get back to the trail. Temps in the high 20's in and out the next day. Camp ground had wood, an axe, toilets, bear lockups for your gear and great views. This was a training hike for me carrying 30lbs so I aimed for little elevation and short distance. My preference is elevated views hence only 3 stars

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

nice hike....the only down side is powderface hwy is closed due to bridge out.....so to do full loop you must hike back for 7km on the drit road.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Me and a couple friends hiked this loop over 3 days, with camping planned one night at Mt Romulus backcountry campsite, and the other at Mt Tombstone backcountry campsite, and had a great time. The only concern for bikers is the LONG high pass between the two campsites (NW and SW corners of the loop), but otherwise is a good hike. We went in July, and woke up to snow the first morning, which quickly melted. The paths are good and worn for bikers and hikers alike, don't recall any real complications.

5 months ago

on Powderface Ridge Trail

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