6 miles
1,316 ft
-1,080 ft
Avg time

Elbow Valley Details

  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • 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].

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Elbow Valley mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    237 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,706 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,262 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,706 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,942 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,463 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 7, 2018
Avg: 2.45 (7 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to elbow-valley trailhead (50.891850, -114.706750)
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Elbow Valley Trail Reports

Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:16am
Aug 7, 2018
I did the sulfur springs /elbow valley loop. Trail from sulfur springs to sulfur springs is dry. dusty in a few places. Surprising considering all...
Jul 6, 2018 @ 8:52am
Jul 6, 2018
Considering the amount of rain we got at the beginning of July, the section from Sugar Daddy to Snagmore is very dry with the usual patches of...
Jun 22, 2018 @ 2:31pm
Jun 22, 2018
Dry. Log down on west side near connection with sulfur springs
Jun 22, 2018 @ 2:30pm
Jun 22, 2018
Dry. One log down on climb near west connection with sulfur springs before moose mountain road
Jun 22, 2018 @ 2:30pm
Jun 22, 2018
Dry. Log down on climb just east of west connection with sulfur springs
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Aug 19, 2018 @ 11:58am
Aug 19, 2018
Elbow Valley, My City
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Jun 8, 2011 @ 10:29pm
Jun 8, 2011
| 1 comments Elbow Valley, Kananaskis
198 |
Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:53pm
Jul 27, 2010
| 2 comments Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country
185 |
Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:47pm
Jul 27, 2010
Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country

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