The Elbow Valley has a variety of trails that wind through the foothills and into the mountains. Some are self-contained loops, some are tentacles that extend from a network of interconnected trails. The trail length indicated here may be one way or return depending on whether there are alternate return routes or not.

Day Hikes

Some of the trails in the Elbow Valley are restricted for hiking, cycling and equestrian use. These are good day hikes. There are also longer trails for overnight trips in the area. West Bragg Creek trails are recommended for cross-country skiing and cycling. The trails in McLean Creek are reserved for motorized Off-Highway Vehicles. The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association have extended the trail network in West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis significantly. In July of 2017, Alberta Parks plans to open a new, huge parking lot with space for 485 cars, buses and an equestrian staging area. The area is no longer an unloved cross-country skiing destination, it is now one of the most popular cycling destinations anywhere – attracting at least 150,000 visits a year. It’s so big, I can’t cover it. I recommend purchasing the Bragg Creek & Area Trails, Map & Guide, published by the Trails Association. The Trails Association are (in 2017) working on a trail along the West Bragg Creek Rd. It will be part of the Trans-Canada Trail system.

The Big Elbow Trail is part of the Elbow Loop

View an interactive trail finder and facilities map of the Elbow Valley

Elbow Valley Trails

Trail Diamond “T” Loop
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Road Access Station Flats
Trailhead is on the far side of the circular road
Length/Height 4 km loop
125 m/400 ft elevation gain/loss1.5 – 2 hrs

 

Trail Sulphur Springs
bikehikehorseThis trail runs parallel to the Elbow Valley Trail. It begins and ends on the Elbow Valley Trail. You can access the trail from Station Flats, by continuing past the 2 Diamond “T” Loop junctions on the Elbow Valley Trail about 2 km about 2 km from the parking lot.It makes a nice 9 km loop when you park on the Moose Mountain road loop back on the Elbow Trail.It can also be combined with the Riverview and Elbow Valley trails to make a loop
Road Access 1. The parking area at Station Flats. Trailhead is on the far side of the circular road.
2. Up Moose Mountain Rd. 2.3 km. Park in the pull-out on the left just past the second trail crossing. The first trail crossing is the Elbow Valley Trail.
Length/Height 4.5 km one way, plus 2 km on the Elbow Valley Trail if you park at Station Flats.
215 m/705 ft elevation gain/loss3 – 4 hrs

 

Trail Elbow Valley
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Road Access Station Flats, Paddy’s Flat, Elbow River Boat Launch, Elbow Falls and Powderface Day Use Area
Length/Height 10 km one way365 m/1200 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Riverview
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Road Access Paddy’s Flat, 3/4 km east of Ing’s Mine trailhead (on Canyon Creek Rd.) on Elbow Valley Trail, Connect from Elbow Valley Trail to Paddy’s Flat
Length/Height 4 km one way102 m/300 ft   elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Moose Mountain
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Road Access Moose Mountain Road. Turn right 1 km past Paddy’s Flats
Length/Height 14.6 km return470 m/1540 ft elevation gain/loss Summit 2437 m/7995 ft

 

Trail Beaver Flat Interpretive
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Road Access Beaver Lodge Interpretive parking (on left, just past Elbow Falls) or Beaver Flat Campground
Length/Height 3 km returnno elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Elbow Falls Interpretive
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Road Access Elbow Falls Day Use Area
Length/Height 1 km returnlittle elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Fullerton Loop
hikeThis trail starts about 1.5 km along the Elbow Trail. A short way along the loop trail is a Y junction. Taking the trail to the right leads to a long gradual ascent through the forest to the half-way point of the loop where you can view Moose Mountain and the group of mountains surrounding Banded Peak. The return trip skirts the edge of a steep hillside overlooking the Ranger Station and the Elbow Valley.
Road Access 1.2 km north on Elbow Trail from the Allen Bill Pond Parking (east end) or on the north side of Hwy 66 near the Ranger Station. Trail begins near the Ranger Station.
Length/Height 7 km return213 m/692 ft elevation gain/loss
1.5 – 2.5 hrs

 

Trail Little Elbow Interpretive
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Road Access Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area or Little Elbow Parking
Length/Height 5 km return
no elevation gain/loss

 

Trail McLean Creek Interpretive
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Road Access MacLean Creek Parking
Length/Height 1.2 km return
no elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Nihahi Ridge
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Road Access Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area or Little Elbow Parking. 2 km west of campground on Little Elbow Trail
Length/Height 5 km return
390m/1280 ft elevation gain/loss
3 – 4 hrs

 

Trail Paddy’s Flat Interpretive
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Road Access Paddy’s Flat Campground
Length/Height 2.2 km return
no elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Tombstone Lakes
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Road Access 19 km south on Big Elbow Trail from Little Elbow Parking
Length/Height 3 km one way
180 m/590 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Big Elbow
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Road Access Little Elbow Parking
Length/Height 21 km one way (part of the 44 km Elbow Loop)
350 m/1150 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Little Elbow
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Road Access Little Elbow Parking
Length/Height 23 km one way (part of the 44 km Elbow Loop)
400 m/1310 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Ford Creek
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Road Access Little Elbow Parking
Length/Height 18 km one way
590m/1935 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Ford Knoll
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Road Access Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area
Length/Height 4 km return
235 m/770 ft elevation gain/loss
1.5 – 2 hrs

 

Trail Nihahi Creek
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Road Access 4 km west of Little Elbow Campground on Little Elbow Trail
Length/Height 4.8 km return
240 m/790 ft elevation gain/loss
3 – 4 hrs

 

Trail Powderface Creek
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Road Access Poderface Parking
Length/Height 6.2 km one way
510 m/1673 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Powderface Ridge
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Road Access End of Hwy 66 at the dirt road or 7 km north on that road at the 3-trail pass.
Length/Height 7 km one way
640 m/2100 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Prairie Creek
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Length/Height 9.2 km one way
180 m/590 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Prairie Link
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Length/Height 3 km one way
85 m/280 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Prairie Mountain
Length/Height 3.8 km one way
716 m/2350 ft elevation gain/loss Summit 2210 m/7250 ft

 

Trail Threepoint Mountain
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Length/Height 10 km one way
460 m/1510 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Tom Snow
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Length/Height 30 km one way
210 m/700 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Trail Creek
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Length/Height 2.5 km one way
275 m/900 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Wildhorse
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Length/Height 16 km one way
357 m/1170 ft elevation gain/loss

 

West Bragg Creek Trails

The trails below are the original West Bragg Creek cross country ski trails. A new set of trails were opened to the public in 2013 – 2014 by the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association. They more than double the length of trails available in West Bragg Creek and they were designed for all-season use. They are very popular with cyclists as they have banked corners and good drainage. They include the trails Boundary Ridge, Ranger Summit, Merlin, Braggin’ Rights and many more. You can find an interactive locator map that includes these trail here.

Trail Hostel Loop Trail

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Road Access All West Bragg Creek Trails are accessible from the parking lot at the end of the West Bragg Creek road about 10 km west of the hamlet.
Length/Height 3.8 km loop located a few hundred metres north of the parking lot.
45 m/148 ft elevation gain/loss
High point 1509 m/4950 ft hrs

 

Trail Elbow Trail
Road Access Take Hwy 22 to Bragg Creek. Drive down Balsam Ave. and cross the bridge over the Elbow River. Turn left and drive to the end.
Length/Height 6.9 km one way (includes part of Sun Dog)
120 m/413 ft elevation gain/loss
High point 1550 m/5085 ft

 

Trail Iron Springs
Length/Height 4.6 km, 7.4 km from Allen Bill to West Bragg
120 m/394 ft elevation gain/loss
High point 1550 m/5085 ft

 

Trail Telephone Loop
Length/Height 16.5 km return
230 m/754 ft elevation gain/loss

 

Trail Sundog Loop
Length/Height 4.7 km return

 

Trail

Moose Loop

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Length/Height 5.5 km return plus 5.5 km return to the loop
60 m/197 ft elevation gain/loss
High point 1490 m/4888 fts

 

Trail Crystal Line
Length/Height 3.4 km one way, 6.7 km loop including part of Sun Dog

 

Trail Upper Bragg Creek
Length/Height 5 km one way to watershed meadow from Moose Loop
61 m/200 ft elevation gain/loss
High point 1743 m/5718 ft

Some of the new trails you can ride

Moose Mountain Area Trails

Ridgeback, 8.9 km
Moosepackers, 2.8 km
Pneuma, 10.3 km
Special K, 8 km
T-Dub, 2.3 km
Race of Spades, 5.8 km
Toothless, 1.8 km
Hot Laps, 1.6 km
Shaft, 3.3 km
Brakeless, 1.7 km
Billy Dog, 1.4 km
SLF, 1.4 km
Jean-Guy on the Rocks, 2.2 km
Family Guy, 4.8 km

West Bragg Creek Trails

Braggin’ Rights, 3.6 km
Long Distance, 8.5 km
Demi-Tel, 1.6 km
Reconnect, 1.6 km
Ranger Summit, 4.2 km
Strange Brew, 4.2 km
Boundary Ridge, 5 km
Snagamore, 5 km
Bobcat, 4.1 km
Loggers Loop, 1.9 km

That should give you an idea why you should buy the map.

Bragg Creek Provincial Park

Trail Alder Trail
A short pleasant stroll through a forest of lodgepole pine and white spruce trees.
Road Access Parking area just past and opposite the park entrance on Highway 758 about a kilometre past the Hamlet of Bragg Creek
Length/Height 1.5 km loop has interpretive displays. There is a trail that crosses the highway and links to the park day use area.