5.9 miles
Distance
1,046 ft
Climb
-782 ft
Descent
00:58:07
Avg time

Elbow Valley Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #81940 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #31950 in E-Biking
    • #25328 in Trail Running
    • #69221 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 45 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Environment and 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.

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 bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    264 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,721 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,283 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,721 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,984 ft
  • Grade
    0.9%
  • Grade max
    -52.3%
  • Grade min
    26.9%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,345 ft
  • Avg time
    00:58:07
  • Avg reverse time
    00:54:33
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Status:
on Sep 6, 2021
Dry
Avg: 2.8 (10 votes)
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      Elbow Valley Trail Reports

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      Sep 6, 2021 @ 10:04pm
      Sep 6, 2021
      Between Station Flats and Ing’s Mine Road there are several very rocky (and rough) sections. The west end of the trail ( section of trail...
      Jun 20, 2021 @ 6:26pm
      Jun 20, 2021
      Was wet this morning after overnight rains, but through day dried up, 4pm most of this was good, few puddles here and there while other trails...
      Jun 13, 2021 @ 7:31pm
      Jun 13, 2021
      Jan 17, 2021 @ 12:21pm
      Jan 17, 2021
      Lots of equestrian traffic has left Elbow Valley very unpleasant to ride from the Station Flats end. Ridgeback was in dramatically better condition.
      Dec 5, 2020 @ 10:50pm
      Dec 5, 2020
      Rideable between Family Guy to Moose Access Road just a few ice / snow patches.
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Deinarson (Jun 10, 2019 at 15:21)
       If you feel like pedaling up for a lap on Race of Spades or 7-27, this is a nice alternative to get you there instead of riding along the highway. It’s a multi-use/horse trail so not super designed for biking but it gets you where you need to go.
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      iphonefreddy (May 28, 2021 at 15:40)
       Station flats to Moose Mountain Road was nice a dry. You need good legs to get up but it’s a nice horse trail
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      Infrared Explorations: Elbow Valley and Sulfer...
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