Mill Creek Ravine Trail

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Mill Creek Ravine Trail is a 12.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
191 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

river

snow

Mill Creek Raven trail is approx. 3.3 miles (5.3k) and has both paved and unpaved surfaces. Part of the River Valley trail system Mill Creek Raven trail connects to Nellie McClung Park and the Henrietta Muir Edwards Park trails providing access to more miles of trails along the N. Saskatchewan River

2 months ago

die you inbred snowflakes

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4 months ago

For an inner city hike in Edmonton, it's pretty decent.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

This trail is ideal for many different uses (e.g. biking, roller blading, running, walking), and takes users through a mix of forest, residential/urban areas, picnic areas, and lookouts with views of the city/N. Sask. River, but for two people new to the area hoping to go on a hike, it wasn't quite what we expected.

We first researched the trail online, including on this site, and thought this would be a good hike to introduce us to the area, as it was described as a hiking trail that was both paved and unpaved.

When we arrived at the trailhead near Argyll/63rd Ave, the front area/street in front of the trail sign was under construction, so it was a bit difficult to determine if we were in the right place. There was no designated parking lot for the trail that we could see, so we parked on a side street a little up from the trail head. From there we began on the paved trail, which went through a residential housing area/a few parks and across roadways - this also made us wonder if we were on the right place. We used our phone GPS/the map on this site to determine that we were on the right route.

As we went further, we realized that the primary trail is a paved one (used by families and individuals for biking, walking, roller blading, etc). The unpaved parts of the trail are actually not part of the trail proper, but rather are alternate routes that veer off from the paved trail at various points. We were initially confused about whether these unpaved trails were part of the official Mill Creek Ravine trail system, as they were often unmarked and at other times simply marked as "off leash dog trails." As a result, we had to use our phone GPS to navigate for much of the trail to determine whether or not the unpaved routes would move us forward parallel to the Mill Creek Ravine trail, or whether they'd take us elsewhere or make us double back (which some of them indeed do).

One other significant issue was that this summer (2017) major construction is happening on the trail, particularly near the N. Saskatchewan River. This has resulted in a number of trail closures / detours around the Muttart Conservatory, Henrietta Muir Edwards Park, river, and the lookout area near the "pioneer cabin." Unfortunately this made for quite a bit of extra navigating and doubling-back, and even then quite a bit of the Mill Creek Ravine trail route was inaccessible. We eventually created our own loop back and walked/hiked a total of 11.9 km.

All that said, this trail is a great trail if you 1) are planning to bike, walk, or roller blade along the paved parts of the trail, which are well maintained and pretty clear to follow; 2) are planning to just 'go where the umarked alternate routes take you' - whether or not the take you backwards, forwards, or wherever. The highlights of the trail for us were the unpaved alternate routes, once we figured out where they would take us via GPS; there were also beautiful views by the Muttart Conservatory and near the N. Saskatchewan River (although the latter views took quite a bit of detouring to get to!). If you're planning to go this summer (2017), be sure to check out where the closures are ahead of time so you can plan your trip accordingly. Oh, and beware the sewage smells at various points along the trail (the trail is in the city, after all!) - don't let those detract from the beauty of the area. Happy trails!

5 months ago

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6 months ago

Very lovely trail. I timed my walk at about 2 hours stopping for a snack and finding a good spot for throwing rocks into the water. Good for taking kids. Going in the Spring you'll see some beautiful white blossoms on some of the trees.

6 months ago

6 months ago

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8 months ago

Good park for dogs and kids.

8 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016