13 miles
Distance
2,038 ft
Climb
-824 ft
Descent
01:46:58
Avg time

Big Elbow Details

  • Riding area
    Powderface
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May-September
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

The section of trail between the trailhead and the Big Elbow campground is an easier track, while the next section is mixed terrain that can be steep in sections.
This trail is part of loop starting at Little Elbow Trailhead going (clockwise) to Big Elbow, Tombstone, Mount Romulus. The Elbow Loop route typically starts on Little Elbow, proceeding counter clockwise to Big Elbow.

Access Info

Park at Little Elbow provincial park trailhead parking.

More Stats for Big Elbow mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,214 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,314 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,592 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,320 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,534 ft
  • Grade
    1.765%
  • Grade max
    -14.953%
  • Grade min
    22.573%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
    01:46:58
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Status:
on Sep 4, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to big-elbow trailhead (50.791264, -114.858488)
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Big Elbow Trail Reports

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Sep 4, 2018 @ 4:37pm
Sep 4, 2018
The trail is good right now with a few wet sections and few puddles. No major issues.
Aug 18, 2018 @ 9:07pm
Aug 18, 2018
Trail in good condition from Little Elbow to Big Elbow campground
Jul 29, 2018 @ 3:54pm
Jul 29, 2018
Trail in good overall condition between Little Elbow and Big Elbow campgrounds (and no river fording required on this stretch).
Jul 27, 2018 @ 3:26pm
Jul 27, 2018
Some sections are wet with water pooling and others are dry due to lots of rock. There is a river you have to ford.
Jul 9, 2018 @ 1:50pm
Jul 9, 2018
Bridge is still out so bring crocs to wear when you ford the one river crossing (knee deep). Maybe 10 km into Big Elbow? Everything else was bare...
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Big Elbow, Calgary
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Big Elbow, Calgary
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Aug 7, 2018 @ 5:10pm
Aug 7, 2018
Big Elbow, Calgary

Routes with this trail

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Elbow Loop
31 miles

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