Mustang Hills and Rainy Creek Falls

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Elbow River Provincial Recreation Area

Mustang Hills and Rainy Creek Falls is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 656 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


13 days ago

Went up the SW slope and looped around all three ‘peaks’ and took the SE side down, then followed Elbow River upstream (trail here has some erosion damage and was the most difficult part) to Cobble flats day use area and then followed the logging road back to the parking lot on H66. The Mustangs were visible from the middle and east peak in the amongst the downed logs roughly here 50.835447, -114.797797. They were just off the trail and so we got about 15 meters away from two of them before they started showing signs of displeasure and we backed off and went around. The trail was faint and we found Gaia maps to be quite helpful while in the trees. All snow was avoidable, there was very little mud too. Rainy Creek Falls is near the NW trailhead, we drove there after and took a look, its located here 50.842354, -114.810808. We also stopped by Forgetmenot Pond to see what it was like, it was mostly still frozen over and really busy. Feel free to follow me on IG for local outdoor shenanigans and conditions

11 months ago

Trail is not marked. No crowd - we didn't meet anybody here. GPS might be handy, we have used MAPS.ME application to be sure we were along the trail (left one). As you cross the creek don't climb a rockslide, as we did in the beginning - go a bit downstream to east and you will find kind of a track made by the wild animals - follow it going uphill. The trail is quite steep. I wouldn't say "easy hike". View from the top is pleasant but nothing special. A lot of wild flowers and strawberry - should be amazing peaceful meadow later in the summer.

Fri Oct 19 2018

I completed this hike on October 19, 2018. Be prepared to bushwhack as there is no clear trail until you reach the opening at the top. Really pretty though, and I would consider it as an easy hike. We were the only 2 on the trail.

Mon Sep 03 2018

If you don't mind bush whacking a bit (as parts of the trail are poorly marked) then it's a beautiful hike. Took us about 2 hours round trip. GPS was handy so we could check periodically and make sure we were heading somewhat along the path. We cris crossed from one side of the trail to the other a few times. When starting out would recommend taking the trail to the right of the waterfall as it's a little better marked especially for the climb up.

Mon Jul 30 2018

The trail is not well marked at all, about 5 minutes in the the only way to figure it out is with the GPS, not ideal.

Sat Jul 07 2018

Tried to hike this today. Not a very well marked / defined trial. Basically had to rely on the gps to stay on track. Ended up turning around after an hour. Pretty country. Just needs some definition on the trail.

5 months ago