Big Elbow - Little Elbow Loop

Bragg Creek, Alberta

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The trail begins in the Little Elbow Campground, approximately 19.9 miles west of Bragg Creek along Highway 66 (the Elbow Falls Trail). If you want a trail with a little bit of everything, this is the perfect ride for you. This 27.1-mile loop includes smooth fire road, technical stretches, a blood-tasting uphill, and tops it all off with an incredible alpine setting. The level of difficulty is rated as intermediate due to the long distance and wilderness nature of the trail. However, fit beginners can easily complete the loop if they are cautious and don't mind walking their bike on some of the technical stretches.
Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

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Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

by Ward Cameron (Ward Cameron Enterprises)

The trail begins in the Little Elbow Campground, approximately 19.9 miles west of Bragg Creek along Highway 66 (the Elbow Falls Trail). If you want a trail with a little bit of everything, this is the perfect ride for you. This 27.1-mile loop includes smooth fire road, technical stretches, a blood-tasting uphill, and tops it all off with an incredible alpine setting.

The level of difficulty is rated as intermediate due to the long distance and wilderness nature of the trail. However, fit beginners can easily complete the loop if they are cautious and don't mind walking their bike on some of the technical stretches.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bragg Creek
Distance: 27.1
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Summer only.
Local Contacts: Elbow Valley Information Center, 403-949-4261.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 J / 10 Mount Rae and 82 J / 15 Bragg Creek. Kananaskis Country - Bragg Creek and Elbow Falls.
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Elbow - Little Elbow Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2006
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One of the best day's of riding that I've had. Good combination of terrain, nice length and fantastic scenery. I'd recommend riding it counter-clockwise, unless you really like to climb.


7/26/2003
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Big uphills and screaming downhills on a trail perfect for a kamikaze day at the mountains. you will get flats here so be prepared. Its a great spot for a multiday trip because theres many trails only a few kms away from the campground (expensive... 18 bucks a night to tent!!) a classic alberta ride if there ever was one.i enjoyed it immensely going clockwise, its a non stop downwill the last 20 kms pretty much. for a more technical downhill do it counterclockwise as I remember some sections where you could really fly over some spots when I was struggling amongst huge boulders.


11/12/2001
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This is an exciting trail that offers a full range of scenery. There are technical sections and the famous hill - it fools you with bends that make you think you are at the top. The final downhill is screaming fun but the rocks are big enough to create flats - two of us did.


8/18/2001
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This trail is a lot of fun, I rode it counterclockwise which is the best in my opinion (I've also ridden it the other way), it is a nice long uphill, about 12 km of nice rolling double track with a couple of steeper rockie sections then a nice ride through the pass and then some nice single track downhillin, we ended up doing the final 5 km of the flat boring gravel flats with a killer tail wind so we flew through it in no time. fun ride and a good workout



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