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Elbow Valley & West Bragg Creek Trails in Kananaskis

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 sking. They are not maintained for summer use, although they are popular. Just watch out for the cow paddies.

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


Road Access


Diamond "T" Loop


Station Flats

Trailhead is on the far side of the circular road

4 km loop

125 m/400 ft elevation gain/loss

1.5 - 2 hrs

Sulphur Springs


This 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

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.

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/loss

3 - 4 hrs

Elbow Valley


Station Flats, Paddy's Flat, Elbow River Boat Launch, Elbow Falls and Powderface Day Use Area

10 km one way

365 m/1200 ft elevation gain/loss



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

4 km one way

102 m/300 ft   elevation gain/loss

Moose Mountain

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Moose Mountain Road. Turn right 1 km past Paddy's Flats

14.6 km return

470 m/1540 ft elevation gain/loss Summit 2437 m/7995 ft

Beaver Flat Interpretive


Beaver Lodge Interpretive parking (on left, just past Elbow Falls) or Beaver Flat Campground

3 km return

no elevation gain/loss

Elbow Falls Interpretive


Elbow Falls Day Use Area

1 km return

little elevation gain/loss

Fullerton Loop


This 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.

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.

7 km return

213 m/692 ft elevation gain/loss

1.5 - 2.5 hrs

Little Elbow Interpretive


Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area or Little Elbow Parking

5 km return

no elevation gain/loss

McLean Creek Interpretive


MacLean Creek Parking

1.2 km return

no elevation gain/loss

Nihahi Ridge


Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area or Little Elbow Parking. 2 km west of campground on Little Elbow Trail

5 km return

390m/1280 ft elevation gain/loss

3 - 4 hrs

Paddy's Flat Interpretive


Paddy's Flat Campground

2.2 km return

no elevation gain/loss

Tombstone Lakes


19 km south on Big Elbow Trail from Little Elbow Parking

3 km one way

180 m/590 ft elevation gain/loss

Big Elbow


Little Elbow Parking

21 km one way (part of the 44 km Elbow Loop)

350 m/1150 ft elevation gain/loss

Little Elbow


Little Elbow Parking

23 km one way (part of the 44 km Elbow Loop)

400 m/1310 ft elevation gain/loss

Ford Creek


Little Elbow Parking

18 km one way

590m/1935 ft elevation gain/loss

Ford Knoll


Forgetmenot Pond Day Use Area

4 km return

235 m/770 ft elevation gain/loss

1.5 - 2 hrs

Nihahi Creek


4 km west of Little Elbow Campground on Little Elbow Trail

4.8 km return

240 m/790 ft elevation gain/loss

3 - 4 hrs

Powderface Creek


Poderface Parking

6.2 km one way

510 m/1673 ft elevation gain/loss

Powderface Ridge


End of Hwy 66 at the dirt road or 7 km north on that road at the 3-trail pass.

7 km one way

640 m/2100 ft elevation gain/loss

Prairie Creek



9.2 km one way

180 m/590 ft elevation gain/loss

Prairie Link



3 km one way

85 m/280 ft elevation gain/loss

Prairie Mountain


3.8 km one way

716 m/2350 ft elevation gain/loss Summit 2210 m/7250 ft

Threepoint Mountain



10 km one way

460 m/1510 ft elevation gain/loss

Tom Snow



30 km one way

210 m/700 ft elevation gain/loss

Trail Creek



2.5 km one way

275 m/900 ft elevation gain/loss




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.

Hostel Loop Trail

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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.

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

Elbow Trail

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.

6.9 km one way (includes part of Sun Dog)

120 m/413 ft elevation gain/loss

High point 1550 m/5085 ft

Iron Springs


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

Telephone Loop


16.5 km return

230 m/754 ft elevation gain/loss

Sundog Loop


4.7 km return

Moose Loop

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5.5 km return plus 5.5 km return to the loop

60 m/197 ft elevation gain/loss

High point 1490 m/4888 ft

Crystal Line


3.4 km one way, 6.7 km loop including part of Sun Dog

Upper Bragg Creek


5 km one way to watershed meadow from Moose Loop

61 m/200 ft elevation gain/loss

High point 1743 m/5718 ft

Bragg Creek Provincial Park

Alder Trail

A short pleasant stroll through a forest of lodgepole pine and white spruce trees.

Parking area just past and opposite the park entrance on Highway 758 about a kilometre past the Hamlet of Bragg Creek

1.5 km loop has interpretive displays. There is a trail that crosses the highway and links to the park day use area.