Elbow Valley Details
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 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].
Local Trail AssociationCalgary Mountain Bike Alliance (www.cmbalink.com)
More Stats for Elbow Valley mountain bike trail
Altitude change237 ft
Altitude min4,706 ft
Altitude start4,706 ft
Altitude end4,942 ft
Distance climb3.1 miles
Distance down2.5 miles
Distance flat1,463 ft
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Elbow Valley Trail Reports
Apr 17, 2016 @ 10:16amApr 17, 2016
|All good tread. Occasional downed tree|
Apr 12, 2016 @ 6:14amApr 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 @ 8:10amMar 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 @ 11:48amFeb 2, 2016
|Loose snow, packed snow and ice. Studded tires recommended.|
Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:41amNov 18, 2015
|15+ cm of new snow|
Routes with this trail
|Banded Peak Competitive Track 2016 race||18.6 miles|
|727 Special||15.5 miles|
|Moose Mtn - moosepackers loop||15.0 miles|
|moose mtn - up family guy 7-27 pneuma||8.8 miles|
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