East Loop

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East Loop is a 6.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Devon, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
180 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

city walk

The Town of Devon is the furthest point west in the River Valley Alliance Trail and Park system. The residents of Devon take pride in their community and the North Saskatchewan River plays a vital role in their everyday lives. Devon is home to some of the only accessible beachfront in the entire river valley system. The region plays host to upwards of 750,000 tourists annually and is home to one of the best campgrounds in the region, which is located in the scenic river valley. The Devon Golf and Country Club is also located in the River Valley and offers a great course with spectacular views. This is a long and sometimes difficult walk along the river trails and on the way you will pass the Lions Campground and loop completely around the Devon Golf Course. While difficult in places, this walk allows you to see great sights and get a good feel for the Town of Devon. Starting from the Voyager Park secondary parking lot, you enter the river side trail system and work your way along, enjoying some great river front views. You move up into the trees and the trail gets a little more technical as you encounter tree roots and the occasional mud slide. It was very wet on the day of this hike, so some of the elevation changes were challenging, but on dry days it is probably fairly easy to climb. Avoiding a riverbank slump, you climb up a series of switchbacks lined with fences to gain some elevation and bypass the area. Once you reach the top, you carry on down the trail and you will eventually reach some of the Town's Public Works Buildings and the beginning of the Devon Golf Course. Once you pass the public works buildings, you are on the Golf Course lower trail and this is a pleasant walk in the trees right beside the river. Very pleasant. You come out the other side of the Golf Course and enter a very nice tenting area right along the river. This is the Town of Devon Lion's Campground and is a fantastic place to camp, so don't miss it. Once you pass the campsite gate, you climb up the main road until you re-enter the trail system and this will take you above the golf course. You skirt beside a few older neighbourhoods with wonderful old trees before you head back down into the lower trail system.There is a separate trail that runs close to the riverside trail and is in good shape. As you walk back to the trailhead, you have earned yourself a cold drink in the friendly Town of Devon.

hiking
16 days ago

Tough but fun hike with great elevation changes. The loop from the parking and back is around 7.8 km.

2 months ago

I thought this was an excellent trail- entirely in nature. The hike was a continuous series of long ups and long downs, perfect for cardiac bursts / rests... and even a set of “legs on fire” stairs (230) within the first km. It seemed that stretches of flat terrain were few and never longer than about 100 metres. For a person in moderate shape I believe this to be aptly termed “hard”- its no mountain hike but compared to most 7 km walks it was a continuous cardiac push. I would drive the 30 minutes (40 km), at least once a week to do this walk .
Although after re-reading the description I bypassed the long flat golf course and upper neighborhoods- so I remained in the trees which I think added to the consistent up and down. I’m guessing that my detours created a more challenging walk.

3 months ago

Cant find entrance

walking
3 months ago

Nice area but far from "hard" as stated above. Nice paved trails with picnic tables spaced around.
Good area for a walk but wouldn't describe as a place for hiking.
Easy and then maybe a little closer to moderate, at the stairs.

4 months ago

This was a walking trail, it is rated very poorly. The hard rating is where hiking ends and becomes an easy scrambling.

It is a nice, walk.

hiking
4 months ago

It's a decent city trail for a walk. There are several social trails that take off from the main trail and there is construction of a water treatment plant that has closed off some of the trail so navigation is a little challenging. If you're just out for a walk along the river and golf course, it's fine.

6 months ago

So much fun, mostly tree covered so if it’s really sunny out you’re not boiling. The stairs really get your heart pumping!

6 months ago

Nice trail!! Wish we knew part of it was closed.......still a decent hike before we had to turn around.

walking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Better signage system or more maps along the trial would be nice. How ever I will definitely do this one again.

9 months ago

Great way to spend a couple hours with the family !

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Decent hike. Legs of fire stairs and occasional scenic river views were a plus. Mostly was just a walk thru the forest, not anything special.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Perhaps signs informing people of closures and detours could be posted. We did come across one and only one after an hour of stumbling about in the woods being eaten alive by mosquitos. The trails that worked were beautiful but half of my hike was so frustrating that I will never return.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

decent. you're not along the water as much as you think.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great hike and lots of mosquitoes loved it!

walking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

49 floors of elevation - well maintained - none to a little traffic - beautiful scenery - dog had great time - 10.7k all in - highly recommend!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Good long trail with nice views of the river.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is actually a 9 km trail. It's 5 1/2 km to get to the backside of the campground. A great trail though, I would recommend the Wye Creek ravine add on, which is steep challenging and stunning

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

This was a really nice trail. It was my first time on this trail, I had my dog with me and it was very nice. The weather was 6C and mainly sunny. There was one very large ice patch close to the start of the trail, just before the "legs of fire stairs" after that the trail was mostly dry the odd muddy patch here and there. Very little traffic I saw 4 people, however it was a Friday afternoon (12-1pm). All in all great trail I will have to come back and do it again.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Super icy in spots

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

One of my favourite "nearby" hikes to do.


Pros:
- Lots of elevation climbs and different difficulty levels ranging from flat terrain to straight up stairs.
- A moderately distanced hike that can be completed pretty quickly (within a couple hours)
- Fun hike with lots of beautiful scenery including the river, lots of trees, and in ravine trails.


Cons:
- Can be pretty busy, but usually tapers off the further in to the hike you get. A mountain biking club likes to practice there on Saturdays.
- Lots of different trails that can take you in to different parts of the ravine if you aren't careful. It's fun to get lost, but you want to be wary of your direction.
- Awful mosquitoes this year, had to reapply DEET about 4 times.

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