5.9 miles
1,316 ft
-1,080 ft
5,262 ft
High Point

Elbow Valley Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    June - October
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

Elbow Valley [EV], along with Sulphur Springs, has been used by mountain bikers since the late 80s. It is an old hiking trail that also gets used by trail runners, horses and cows.

Most people start EV from Station Flats, and use it to connect with Sulphur Springs. East to west on EV past the SS turnoff puts you onto a looong climb followed by a loose descent, more climbing, crossing Moose Mountain Road and then a fairly long descent that will cross Sulphur Springs and continue down to meet Family Guy and then cross Ing's Mine Road. The trail climbs for 1km past Ing's, and then gradually descends the last 2km to Powderface. Note: the 1.1km west of Ing's Mine Road is shared with the Ushoulda downhill trail. There's a decent chance that if you're climbing up, somebody is flying down.

The trail surface varies a lot over its length, but the east end has seen the most use and is seriously blown out in places. Overall it's a blue trail, but some parts may have you thinking it's much harder. Expect everything from narrow dirt singletrack to scree to what looks like a steep gravel road with big root steps across it. Like Sulphur Springs, EV has turned into a connector trail, allowing riders to construct loops with other trails.

Access Info

Access is from Station Flats or Powderface trailheads off of Hwy 66. It can also be reached from Ing's Mine Road, Moose Mountain Road, and Sulphur Springs trail [in two places].

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More Stats for Elbow Valley mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    237 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,706 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,706 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,942 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3.1 miles
  • Distance down
    2.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,463 ft
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on Apr 17, 2016
Avg: 2.5 (4 votes)

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Elbow Valley Trail Reports

Apr 17, 2016 @ 10:16am
Apr 17, 2016
All good tread. Occasional downed tree
Apr 12, 2016 @ 6:14am
Apr 12, 2016
Used this trail to complete the Sulphur Springs Loop. So comment only applies to Eastern part of the trail: Zero snow. Wet in the usual areas....
Mar 14, 2016 @ 8:10am
Mar 14, 2016
12" Tree down between Sulphur Springs and Moose Mountain road. Conditions are variable with lots of mud, snow, ice, and dry sections.
Feb 2, 2016 @ 11:48am
Feb 2, 2016
Loose snow, packed snow and ice. Studded tires recommended.
Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:41am
Nov 18, 2015
15+ cm of new snow
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Jun 8, 2011 @ 10:29pm
Jun 8, 2011
| 1 comments Elbow Valley, Kananaskis
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Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:53pm
Jul 27, 2010
| 2 comments Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country
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Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:47pm
Jul 27, 2010
Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country
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Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:47pm
Jul 27, 2010
Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country

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Half Brakeless
3:24 | 263 | Apr 27, 2010 Elbow Valley, Bragg Creek
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