Sulphur Springs/Riverview Loop

MODERATE 41 reviews

Sulphur Springs/Riverview Loop is a 10.0 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bragg Creek / Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10 km
ELEVATION GAIN
374 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

snow

Popular loop combining Sulphur Springs and Riverview Trails (along with bits of Elbow Valley Trail and Paddy's Flat Interpretive). Park at Paddy's Flat day-use lot and cross to the signed trailhead on the N side of the highway. Follow the path up the slope about 100 yards to the T-junction with the Elbow Valley Trail. Head NE on Elbow Valley for half-a-mile to the start of the Sulphur Springs trail (sign with map). You will follow Sulphur Springs Trail for the next 4 km until you reach the high point shortly after crossing Moose Mountain Road. After enjoying the views west to Prairie Mountain and Nihahi Ridge you'll begin the less strenuous descending portion of the loop. About 2/3rds down the hill you'll reach a junction with Elbow Valley trail (again). This is where Sulphur Springs Trail officially ends and, on the south side of the intersection, Riverview trail begins. You'll continue down through trees for another 800m before crossing to the S-side of the highway. The trail then continues along the escarpment of the Elbow River providing pleasing views into the surprisingly deep gorges below. Trail continues above the river until you arrive a Paddy's Flat campground where you can choose to either follow roads to the parking area (quickest) or stay along the river on the Interpretive Trail for a bit longer (more interesting).

hiking
22 days ago

Took our dog out for an afternoon hike September long weekend, was lovely, trails were in great shape. A few bikers but all really nice. Great round, including running into cows!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. We somehow ended up on the elbow trail. This trail needs better signs.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of steep trekking and high climbs, but totally worth it! Just when you think you summit the hill, it brings you down and then higher yet again.

3 months ago

Great trail for a beginner seeking a challenge. I’m new to hiking so the incline was difficult, but worth it for the views. The path along the river was cool and all the wildflowers are in bloom right now. Agree with a user below, path is very poorly marked. Most of the mountain bikers were gone by the time we started at 2pm.

Great trail for dogs!

3 months ago

Great quick trail. Some nice views. Keep your head up for bikers!

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike with a nice Riverview and a couple spots of incline for challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, took the dog - first hike of the season so we were looking for something easy-moderate and this was perfect! Relatively easy to follow, great view points as well as you get right in on the river and the dog loved the icy-bath to cool her down at the tail-end.

hiking
4 months ago

Biggest issue with this trail was how poorly it was marked. Often got on to another path... or maybe it wasn’t even a path??.. not sure. If there were path signs/markers they were on the ground buried under over growth. I thought it was a beautiful hike, with very few other hikers which was nice. You could really hear the sounds of the forest. ... but definitely needs some marker upgrade.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

This was an amazing trail to snowshoe. We arrived at 7.45am and were the only two on the trail until the last kilometre or two. It was so peaceful. I’m not a fit person so was worried I wouldn’t manage this hike, however, I managed it well with regular breaks! It took us about 5 hours to complete (baring in mind my fitness, stopping for photos, one proper 15 minute break for tea and walking through deep snow). My legs were killer by the end!

A lot of it was pathed for us by previous snowshoers, however, the path suddenly stopped and we ended up fending for ourselves for a while and took a couple of wrong turns. Thankfully the app helped us get back on track. The full thing ended up taking us 13km!

The sites were insanely beautiful. Particularly at sunrise. Ending at the river was a treat and a nice way to finish. Will definitely be back in the summer!

Side note - the camping parking lot was closed. We ended up ditching the car by the gate and this seemed to be ok as when we returned there were 6-7 cars there too.

8 months ago

Took the snowshoes made the east end of Sulphur a bit easier to walk. Beauty day Jan 15

hiking
9 months ago

Dec 10/17. Beautiful views of mountains and river. Glad we had micro spikes. Easy to follow trail however gets a little confusing at the end down by the river. we ended up tromping through the campground to get back to our car.

hiking
10 months ago

Great views up near Moose Mountain Road, and down through the Riverview Trail. Hiked this loop Nov 14/17 - snow was packed down enough on the trail that you don’t need spikes or snowshoes.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Need better signs, try to read the map while in intersection (take pictures at entrance, some signs are broken). Overall pretty good hike for all ages.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Not great for hikers. This is really a mountain bike trail. Not well marked and a hard path to find. I thought it was lovely but it's very narrow and when bikes are coming toward you, you have to move into the brush. I wouldn't hike this one again. And I wouldn't bike it either because that's not my thing but it seemed to be quite popular as there were a ton of bikers out there!

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gorgeous trails with lots of different views : mountains, river, wild flowers. Trail get close to road in some areas, hearing car from far. Crossing the highway makes it a tad sketchy but doesn't impact the experience too much. Overall a 10k with mix of flat and steep elevation. Our retriever, Lola, had a good time too.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful! Came across a giant moose and lots of deer. Enjoyed this hike

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Trails are not marked well.
We ended up starting at Station flats because Patty's flat Campground did not have parking for say use.

We went on Sunday, May 6.
Light snow and muddy but saw lots of wild life.
Owl. Coyote. Elk.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice and close to the city, lots of ups and downs. A pretty decent view from the top. We went on a Saturday in April and we only saw 3 other groups of people on the whole trail, that part was nice as our dog likes to be off leash.

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3 months ago

recorded Hike with the famjam

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