Wildhorse Trail

Millarville, Alberta

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Lovely Wildhorse travels through quintessential foothills country of forest and meadow along the northern and eastern flanks of Forgetmenot Ridge. It's one of those useful trails you can make loops with or long-distance point to points. For instance, the northern leg was once part of Elbow Valley trail. Mountain bikers have cottoned on to a loop with Quirk Creek trail which means Wildhorse is not as peaceful as it once was and the chance of creeping up on feral horses is almost nil—they're already miles away from the trail. So I count myself lucky that on our first visit we spotted a fine black stallion feeding in a glade and watched entranced from behind some trees for a good 15 minutes until he became aware of us and went crashing off into the trees where further crashing indicated he'd picked up his harem. NOTE: While all small creeks are bridged, the Elbow River is not! However, by fall most of the water at this crossing point has gone underground.

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"Lovely Wildhorse travels through quintessential foothills country of forest and meadow along the northern and eastern flanks of Forgetmenot Ridge. It's one of those useful trails you can make loops with or long-distance point to points. For instance, the northern leg was once part of Elbow Valley trail. Mountain bikers have cottoned on to a loop with Quirk Creek trail which means Wildhorse is not as peaceful as it once was and the chance of creeping up on feral horses is almost nil—they're already miles away from the trail. So I count myself lucky that on our first visit we spotted a fine black stallion feeding in a glade and watched entranced from behind some trees for a good 15 minutes until he became aware of us and went crashing off into the trees where further crashing indicated he'd picked up his harem. NOTE: While all small creeks are bridged, the Elbow River is not! However, by fall most of the water at this crossing point has gone underground."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Millarville
Distance: 18.65
Elevation Gain: 378 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: Day hike, backpack
Local Maps: Map 82 J / 15 Bragg Creek.
Driving Directions: Directions to Wildhorse Trail

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May 2018