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Mustang Hills East Summit Loop is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calgary, 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.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 849 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

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Bird watching

Forest

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Wild flowers

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Reviews (38)
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junko User
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Hugh Powell
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Hiking

Started from Cobble Flats and linked to this trail. AllTrails plot cut out (I've had this problem before) but I turned it on for last half. There are cairns and some flagging to help you navigate. The section along the river has a couple of tricky sections including one with a rope so that you didn't slide down into the river. Great views of the mountains.

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Anoop Augustine
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Hiking

It’s a great small trail if you can find the trail. Got lost for the first half an hour and realized it is on the other side of the road where we park. App helped us to stay in the trail after that, since it’s not a continuous trail. Good view for a short walk. Was able to spot some wild life too in the woods.

Blaine Kowalczyk
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Hiking

I thought it was a great trail, hard to keep on the right path but whoever places the ribbons really helped us out, didn’t see anyone or any wildlife unfortunately.

Brianna Cozens
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HikingOver grown

June 9, 2020 | This was a great way to start the morning! Took my mom and I less than 2 hours round trip, including a tiny break at the top. The trail was a lot easier to follow than expected after reading reviews. The only places it became tricky were the wide open fields, but if you have some trail navigating experience you'll be fine. There was a bit of animal scat on the trail, but it's definitely avoidable if you watch where you are going. And while you can hear the highway for the first half of the trail, it is beautiful walking through the mossy forests and flower fields. Once the trail stops going downhill (assuming you are doing the loop clockwise), the sounds of the highway subside and it is so serene. A great, easy, trail so close to the city! Definitely recommend.

Amelia Oh
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I actually really loved this hike! It got confusing sometimes where the trail was (we got lost a couple times) but it was worth it for the view at the top. Not a difficult trail but it did make your legs burn during that steep incline! I'd recommend this calm and quiet hike to beginners or those who want to enjoy a nice nature walk. We didn't see anyone the whole 2 hours but we did see the horses!!

Bran Ryd
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Definitely got lost a couple times when the app wasn't refreshing with my movement. it's beautiful at the top but I ended up doing more of an in and back route to the summit vs the round trip. Once you're on the trail it's a little easier but when it opens up it's hard to find the next one.

Veronica Tonga
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Hiking

There is no trail here. We walked around for 9km lost. The orange flagging tape doesn’t keep you on the trail at all but did help us get out (thank you whoever did that!). You can hear traffic almost the whole time. We used this app to help us stay on route and even when we were on the “route” there was no trail. There was poop EVERYWHERE along this trail from wild animals which was strange to see. I think mostly it was horse poop so there was no smell to it. No views, although the forest was pleasant. I won’t do it again, even if it was better marked.

Nick Mott
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HikingIcyMuddyScrambleSnow

We went the wrong way several times as there are hardly any markers and the trail paths are wide enough for 1. Did see some wild mustangs. This is a medium hike, not much effort required. Bring All Trails app or a compass and sat nav. Easy to get lost.

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Kyle M.
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Hiking

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 www.instagram.com/kylescoronalife

Amr Beltagy
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Hiking

lovely quick hike in and out ..kids loved it

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Iain Martin
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Hiking

Did it anticlockwise, starting from Cobble Flats. Trail is not always easy along the river bank, bits missing or crumbling. Nice little workout for the ascent to the east summit, a short hike to centre, and finally west. Good to see wild mustangs in the Mustang Hills. Descent at times follows an old track, it crosses over a new logging road, and in patches this bit of landscape is messy at present. Trail drops back out into Cobble Flats day use area. Day use was busy, didn’t see one other human on the trail.

Casey Kallenberger
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Hiking

This makes it onto my top 5 favorite trails. Love the wildflowers and it is quite an easy up and down pace. You definitely need GPS to find the trail head it is marked with rocks to start but there are a ton of flags that are confusing as we are sure they are for logging not trails. We made the trek off course, down the mustang hill summit to the river and then up cobble flats... long and grueling but so worth it. Once again must have GPS or else this would have been hard to find the way.

Katie Easton
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Hiking

Great easy-moderate trail. We used All Trails to find the trailhead and parked at the pullout and crossed the highway to the trail. We found some orange flags that indicated the route going counterclockwise but decided to do the loop clockwise instead to get the boring part out of the way. We just walked along the highway for a bit, consulting the app before cutting through some trees on game trails and eventually finding the trail. The first few km are easy and pretty flat in this direction before you start to make your way up the hillside, in some places it can be a bit steep and we found that up near the top of the first hill there isn’t really a trail (or we lost it) so we just switchbacked up and found the flags again at the top and kept checking the app to make sure we were following the right direction. Once you get to summit on the second hill, you can see where they have been logging which kind of ruins the view a bit but still a great hike. Our dogs loved it, there was enough shade for the majority of the hike but no water sources for them. Lots of horse poop so be careful if your dog likes to snack. We did see one wild horse but it was back along the road. And we only saw 3 other people so if you like a quiet hike, this is a great trail!

Cory Nemeth
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HikingOff trail

We took the route from cobble flags along the river then up the mountain. The only issue we had was that there is a lot of logging and cutting going on there and they have put markers for the cutting which we confused with trail markers. So watch out for that!

Kristin C
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Hiking

Super nice trail- not a single soul in sight! Very hard to navigate and follow the trail. Be sure to bring gps!

Shane Abel
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Hiking

More like a 2.5. Trail very hard to find without app or gps. Some parts of trail have no definition and you can easily get off track. Most of hike is in the forest, then you come out into the meadow which is quite nice. Best advice is to find one of the many other better trails out there.

Amanda Hillestad
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Such a beautiful hidden gem!! From one wildflower meadow to another. Great, easy day! The trail head is a bit tough to find, but there are blue trail flags up the hill on the east side of highway 66. You can park in the rest area across the highway. The trail is relatively easy to follow if you follow the trail flags. When you are going to descend you come into a beautiful meadow on a steep slope. The trail is hard to find here. Find the tree with the white trail marker and go directly down the slope with a slight hiker right. There is a slight trail that will lead you back on the the trail. Keep going down and to your right (ish). Beauty day!

Maria Tumax
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Maria Tumax
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Ellen Rempel
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Michael Z.
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Iain Martin
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Iain Martin
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Ryan L.
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Denise Mcintyre
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Craig D
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