6 miles
Distance
1,316 ft
Climb
-1,080 ft
Descent
00:44:37
Avg time

Elbow Valley Details

  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #44202 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    0.766%
  • Grade max
    -42.353%
  • Grade min
    24.156%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,463 ft
  • Avg time
    00:44:37
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Status:
on Jan 12, 2019
Snow Packed
Avg: 2.45 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Elbow Valley Trail Reports

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      Jan 12, 2019 @ 2:08pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Covered with packed snow, a few icy sections, I ride with summer tires on a regular bike, no issues.
      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
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 13 miles avg distance
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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
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      Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:53pm
      Jul 27, 2010
      | 2 comments Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country
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      Jul 27, 2010 @ 8:47pm
      Jul 27, 2010
      Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country

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