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Elbow Valley Trail to Riverview Trail Loop is a 5 mile loop trail located near Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,007 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Wildlife
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Please note that the camping is closed for the season as of July 2020.

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Bikram Jatana
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Hiking

Easy loop around the reservoir. we started from Nordic center, parking lots further up into the mountains were full. did it while carrying our 8 month old. Great views, can be made longer to combine it with Grassi lakes trail or other trails.

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Bran Ryd
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Went in July. Not much to see in the upper section of the trail. The lower section was beautiful and not too busy until closer to the river. A couple little views peeking out of the woods for the river and a nice lunch by the river

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Lesley Beique
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Nice views of the river at the end of your hike if you go counterclockwise. This was an easier hike than expected, not very busy. great trail for kids and dogs

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Cara Milner
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Went out on this trail today with our mountain bikes. Wasn’t sure if it was going to be good for biking but it turned out to be great! We had a lot of fun. The first part was definitely more strenuous biking/ pushing our bikes up if it was too steep, but the way down was good. A little bit rocky in some parts though. There was barely anyone on the trail too!

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Liz Calvin
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Hiking

Good but there’s livestock at large

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Kelsey Morrissey
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Hiking

Path is pretty tricky to follow so gps map really helped. Trail head on other side of the road from parking

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Clare MacGregor
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HikingGreat!

Such a nice trail! I completed counter clockwise and saw nobody else on the trail apart from a few angry squirrels today. Trail in great shape, with a few unmarked forks in the trail so needed this app. Trail takes you along the riverside for the last few KMs with so many private little spots to stop and take a break. My dog had a blast playing in the river.

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Jesse V
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Hiking

nice easy trail. intersections weren't well marked but easy to follow the map on the app.

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Gillian G
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Hiking

Excellent trail for families! 6 year old did well with light breaks. Great views of the mountains and river, some shady sections. Trails not well marked and limited reception in the area, so had to often compare our recording to outlined track to ensure we weren’t going too far off the path. Took about 3h with families, including lunch break.

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Puneet Dargar
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HikingGreat!
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Eileen I
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Hiking

relaxing and quiet

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Alison Dudus
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HikingGreat!

great hike if you're looking for a brief trip out. completed with an 8 year old and 8 month old. Went counter clockwise so we were able to get the hard part out of the way first and ended with a nice stroll along the gorgeous water. Did come about 10-15 feet from a black bear and did see a few cows along the way. Didn't see any other hikers today but did almost have a run in with a few mountain bikers.

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Kareen Vaughan
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Hiking

Overall it was a good hike. We started out following the Riverview trail until it came to a cross with three options, ended up on the Brakeless trail for a bit, and then finally decided to finish off on the Sulpher Springs/Elbow Valley trail. Most definitely a challenging trail if you have extremely bad knees

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Heather Ramshaw
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Hiking

Only did half the hike because we scared ourselves too much about bears! There had been several all along the trail the day before. Would be a great hike though- very beautiful even from along the river- I bet at the top it would be pretty spectacular

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Shannon Sutherland
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Hiking

This was a nice relaxing trail on a Wednesday evening. Took a few hours at a very leisurely pace. Park at the entrance to Paddy’s campground then cross the highway to the trailhead - hiking this way means you end up at the river to finish off your hike! Easy for dogs.

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Angela Wiebe
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HikingGreat!
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Curtis Wankel
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Hiking

Flowers and views were great along the way. We started with the incline and ended along the river. There are a few forks in the trail that were not marked.

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Hillary Fraser
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Hiking

Bear warning! We did this hike today and saw a bear. It turned away and didn’t pay us any attention but when we did a bit of googling there is a grizzly warning for this hike. Awesome hike with tons of wild flowers and great views. Well worth it but travel in a group and take bear spray. https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/ings-mine-pra/advisories/?name=Elbow%20Valley%20Trail&p=20200606&type=Bear%20Warning#45977

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Rebecca Woodruff
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Hiking

Nice trail! We did the loop clockwise but it would probably be easier to find going counter-clockwise. If going counter-clockwise, just park at Patty’s flats lot at the turn off for the campground or in front of the group camp spot as it is closed for the season. Then head back out to the road, cross it, and you’ll find the trail head right away. Finding the route clockwise, walk down the road to the campground and look for loops c and d. You should find the Patty’s Flats Trail which will take you in the same direction. While on this trail look for the orange triangle with “River View Trail”. Beautiful views from the ridge and along the river. Lots of wildflowers by the river. Nice hike on a beautiful afternoon. Only ran into 3-4 other groups.

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Trevor Conway
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Hiking

Very nice hike. Scenic. Varied Terrain. No mosquitoes. Not too busy. Warned of a grizzly sighting along the route. But we saw nothing.

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Alyshia C
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Hiking

Would rate as easy, no moderate. Nice walking by the river, but not too exciting.

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VidaValerie Vispo
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Hiking

Great trail. There are other trails also intersecting this trail. Good idea to keep checking the app for it. Dog friendly (even for small dogs). Had to take few breaks cuz our dog got too hot. Great idea to have started off up the trail first then have the river last. Probably encountered only 4 groups plus some people camping/swimming.

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Valeria Nemceva
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WalkingMuddy

it's a nice walk. I took my dog with me, definitely better than a dog park.

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Valentina Vallega
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Hiking

Very nice trail, easy to moderate. Muddy close to the river but very manageable. Not crowded. Beautiful views .

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Jasmin Conlu
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Hiking

Really nice hike! Really easy! I suggest to go Elbow Valley Trail first so you can end your hike by the River.

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Andrew Pringle
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Hiking

No extra gear necessary, great hike & we’ll signed once you find the path. Parked at entrance to the campground (paddy flats) and you could walk either through the campground to the start/end or into the tree line opposite the road of the campground and go around ending at the camp which I would recommend. This would bring you through most of the elevation for the hike and you’d finish off at the river where you could relax and spend time. Lightly trafficked only saw a few families, and you have many opportunities at the river to jump off trail and admire the view.

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Lauryn M
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Hiking

Easy hike. Went on the May long weekend and the trail was dry, with some hikers and bikers but not too busy even though it was midday. For those with dogs on a warm day – there isn’t a lot of tree cover so I would recommend stopping along the road before you arrive to dip your dog in the river before the hike. Took us about 2.5 hours to complete the loop.

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Vibhu Mahajan
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HikingMuddy

Starting to get drier in the mountains now. This hike has moderate hills but the views are worth it. Not too many visitors if you go early. Some muddy spots where snow is melting but mainly dry. Watch for horse manure as the trail has equestrian usage as well.

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seamus macisaac
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Barely anyone around. Ran across 4 families. Done in 2 hours with minimal breaks. Little bit muddy.

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