2.5 miles
Distance
792 ft
Climb
-128 ft
Descent
00:35:39
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
    Cypress Hills Provincial Park
    Elkwater, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #50252 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #7989 in Trail Running
    • #1994 in Hiking
    • #260 in Snowshoeing
    • #3293 in Skiing
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 95 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Manager

This trail starts at the roadway into Old Baldy Campground and climbs along an abandoned road through open fields and mixed forest. When you reach the top, there is a spectacular view of the Horseshoe Canyon landslide and the rolling rangeland to the north. This trail is excellent for mountain biking to the top of the hill to link up with Beaver Creek Trail.

The trail lies south of Elkwater Lake and west of Ferguson Hill Road. Riding up this trail can be kind of a slog, but it's a ride that can be linked with the Beaver Creek Trail to make a 10 kilometere loop. You'll reach the canyon viewpoint near the top, and the view is spectacular. Here the high, resistant conglomerate that makes up the height of the Cypress Hills has been eroded, forming a steep drop with views all the way to Elkwater Lake. As you ride through the high country of the Cypress Hills, wildflowers are everywhere. The blue of the lupines and the yellows of the locoweed predominate, but an endless variety awaits the curious rider that takes the time to look.

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More Stats for Horseshoe Canyon Trail bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    664 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,115 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,779 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,115 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,779 ft
  • Grade
    5.114%
  • Grade max
    -20.267%
  • Grade min
    29.547%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2,045 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,595 ft
  • Avg time
    00:35:39
  • Avg reverse time
    00:19:31
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Status:
on May 29, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (8 votes)

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      Horseshoe Canyon... Trail Reports

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      May 29, 2021 @ 1:25pm
      May 29, 2021
      Dry g2g!
      May 12, 2021 @ 12:13pm
      May 12, 2021
      May 12, 2021 @ 12:12pm
      May 12, 2021
      Good to go.
      Sep 15, 2020 @ 9:31am
      Sep 15, 2020
      Good trail. Part soft underground. First half is small gravel road. Second part was following the creek, more natural path between the trees...
      Aug 30, 2020 @ 4:53pm
      Aug 30, 2020
      Very dry, lots of loose gravel sections.
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