13 miles
Distance
2,038 ft
Climb
-824 ft
Descent
02:11:29
Avg time

Big Elbow Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Little Elbow
    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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #22283 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • 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 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
    02:11:29
  • Avg reverse time
    02:01:35
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Status:
on Jun 26, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Big Elbow Trail Reports

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      Jun 26, 2020 @ 5:02am
      Jun 26, 2020
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 9:56pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      Rode the Elbow loop CCW on July 21. Closer to the trailhead at both ends, there were numerous puddles of little consequence, but further out-the...
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 5:49pm
      Jul 21, 2019
      All clear to the crossing, a few mud puddles that should be dry in a few days and small steam crossings. There appears to be a trail that keeps...
      Jul 8, 2019 @ 2:49pm
      Jul 8, 2019
      Rode Little/Big Elbow Loop counter clockwise. River crossing was doable and water about up to the knee in a couple spots. Otherwise a few puddles...
      Jul 7, 2019 @ 6:04pm
      Jul 7, 2019
      New bridge at west crossing. No bridge at east crossing so prepare to cross! Knee deep and quick water but very doable. Keep your bike on...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 15 rides
      • 42 miles avg distance
      All
      • 34 rides
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      Photos

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      Aug 3, 2019 @ 8:30pm
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      175 |
      Jul 25, 2019 @ 11:18pm
      Jul 25, 2019
      142 |
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 9:49pm
      Jul 21, 2019

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Elbow Loop
      31 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag joelbrunetti (Jun 16, 2019 at 16:41)
       There is a mandatory river crossing with a missing bridge at 11km. This could be a nasty surprise if the river is high and you are doing the loop counter clockwise.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag thismombikes (Jul 4, 2019 at 15:42)
       Are you referring to the river crossing just past (SW of) Romulus Backcountry campground? Cheers.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Daniel-01 (Aug 3, 2019 at 20:00)
       The river crossing was a little more than ankle deep on Aug 03 2019. There are many loose sections, it riding counterclockwise, it is probably best to lower your air pressure before starting the descent to big elbow just after the big junction sign. You will need the traction to descend and climb some of the loose sections.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag d-ro (Jun 26, 2020 at 10:24)
       Word is that bridges are all replaced as of Sep 2019. No mandatory river crossings anymore.
      [Reply]

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