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Hiking
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There are a wide variety of hiking trails in the Bragg Creek area, offering anything from a short stroll to long, steep and arduous challenges. In the summer watch out for mountain bikers and horseback riders, and explore some of these trails in winter wearing skis or snowshoes.

See below for trails categorized by difficulty.
Note: use of these hike descriptions at your own risk; we do not guarantee the accuracy of the information (please contact us with any updates). Natural hazards, sudden changes in weather, animals, trail conditions, and numerous other factors add varying degrees of risk to hiking. Take emergency equipment, a map, bear mace and do not take on a trail beyond your abilities. You are responsible for your own safety.
 

Easy

Alder Trail
Distance: 1.6 km
Elevation gain: 50 meters
Time required:  Less than an hour 
Bikes permitted: Yes
Dogs permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: At the 4-way stop where highway 22 enters Bragg Creek take White Avenue which turns into Highway 758. Turn right into Bragg Creek Provincial Park about 2.4 kilometers from the 4-way intersection. Look for the trailhead sign at the east side of the parking lot.
Hike Description: Alder Trail is a short interpretive walk. There are several signs describing the development of the area and its vegetation. The trail goes up a shallow ridge and then crosses highway 758, then there is a loop on the west side of the highway approximately 1 kilometer in length.
 

Allen Bill Pond to West Bragg Creek Trail
Distance: 17.2 km
Elevation gain: 120 meters
Time required: 4 - 7 hours
Bikes permitted: Yes
Dogs permitted: Yes
Horses permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: There are actually two places to start this hike, but the easiest to find starts at the Fullerton Loop trail head west of Bragg Creek along highway 66. Just drive 9.7 kilometers west of the intersection of highways 22 and 66 and turn into the parking lot for Allen Bill Pond. Find the trail head  at the far east end of the parking area.
Hike Description: This is a relatively long hike. The trail sign shows that about 800 meters from the parking lot that there is a single trail to West Bragg that is 7 kilometers in length; it’s at this point that the west Bragg trail separates from Fullerton Loop.  The return trip is from the parking lot in West Bragg back to Allen Bill Pond. This starts on the eastern portion of the Sundog Loop and continues onto the Iron Springs Trail. This section is roughly 8 kilometers. Note that while the total elevation gain is 120 meters, you actually climb a total of 671 meters due to land undulations.
 

Elbow Falls
Distance: 1 km
Elevation gain: 25 meters
Time required: Less than an hour but allow time for viewing the falls
Bikes permitted: Yes
Dogs permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: This trail is 19 kilometers west of the junction with highway 22 on highway 66, and is well signposted. The trail starts at either end of the parking lot.
Hike Description: This is a scenic, gentle stroll by the Elbow River and up to the falls, which are the largest accessible falls in K-Country. The trail is paved and most of it is wheelchair accessible. There is also a picnic area here too, and fire pits.

 

 

Sulphur Springs Trail
Distance: 12.3 km
Elevation gain: 215 meters
Time required: 2 - 4 hours
Bikes permitted: Yes
Dogs permitted: Yes
Horses permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: From the intersection of highways 22 and 66 go about 11 kilometers west; the parking lot is signposted.
Hike Description: This trail, along with the Diamond T Loop which starts at the same point, are very popular trails for mountain biking, with rolling countryside and wildflowers in the springtime. Within about 20 meters of the trailhead is the first intersection. Keep to the left and parallel to the highway for 1.3 kilometers. At the first intersection of the Elbow Valley Trail and the Sulphur Springs Trail you will see a sign for the Sulphur Springs trail that gradually climbs away from highway 66. You will also see a bridge to your left (west). This bridge is part of the Elbow Trail and you will cross it as you return. Turn right here.
 As you climb the trail you will cross Moose Mountain approximately 5.6 kilometers from the trailhead. The trail opens after you cross Moose Mountain Road and you will see Prairie Mountain to the west and Moose Mountain to the northwest.
Once you have crossed Moose Mountain Road  continue to climb for a short distance before descending to the intersection of the Sulphur Springs Trail and the Elbow Valley Trail. Head to the left on the Elbow Valley Trail to return home. It’s about 5.8 kilometers from the second intersection of the Sulphur Springs/Elbow trails back to the parking lot. Along the way you will cross Moose Mountain Road again. Ensure that you stay on Elbow Trail the entire way back up to where it joins Riverview Trail about 2 kilometers from the parking lot where the hike began.
 

Moderate

Fullerton Loop
Distance: 6.5 km
Elevation gain: 364 meters
Time required: 1 - 2 hours
Bikes permitted: No
Dogs permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: Travel 9.7 kilometers west of the junction of highways 22 and 66. Turn at the sign for Allen Bill Pond, and then the trailhead is at the east end of the parking area.
Hike Description: Allen Bill Pond is a small, pretty pond with picnic tables dotted around. After serious flooding a few years ago the pond joined up completely with the river, and for fishing license purposes was re-designated as a river.  Now, however, after some construction, the pond is back to exactly that: a pond.
At the first intersection on the trail keep to the left on Fullerton Loop. The second intersection is the start of the loop and at this junction there is a set of rough stairs cut into the hill. Keep to the right here and enjoy a long gradual ascent through the forest to the half-way point of the loop where you can view Moose Mountain and the group of mountains surrounding Banded Peak. The return trip skirts the edge of the ridge overlooking the Ranger Station and the Elbow Valley.
 

Prairie Mountain
Distance: 7.6 km
Elevation gain: 726 meters
Time required: 2 - 3 hours
Bikes permitted: No
Dogs permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: The trailhead is located on Highway 66, just south of the Elbow Falls winter gates and on the northeast side of Prairie Creek bridge. The parking lot is about 200 meters to the west. There a several paths that climb the ridge above the highway but they all end up at the same place where the trail continues to the top .
Hike Description: This hike is approximately 3.8 kilometers one way with significant gain in altitude. Depending on conditions it takes between 1.5 and 2.5 hours but this can vary greatly depending on whether you’re used to steep inclines. For the most part the unmarked path is easy to follow. From the highway the incline is steep before it eases for a short period and finishes with switchbacks to the top of the mountain. The final section leads you to a summit with excellent views of the surrounding mountain region.

Prairie Creek and Powderface Creek Trail Loop
Distance: 12.3 km
Elevation gain: 252 meters
Time required: 3 - 4 hours
Bikes permitted: Yes
Dogs permitted: Yes
Horses permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: This hike, along with Prairie Mountain starts at the Elbow Falls parking lot on highway 66 approximately 19 kilometers west of the intersection of highways 22 and 66. Walk back to the highway, turn left and walk past the winter gate. The trailhead is on the north side of the highway next to Prairie Creek which you will see when you reach the end of the guard rail along highway 66. The other option is to continue approximately 500 meters further down the highway and park at the Powderface Creek Trailhead.
Hike Description: There are three stages to the hike. The first 6 kilometers is the Prairie Creek Trail, which carries on through the valley, but for this trail you will turn left at the intersection with the Prairie Link trail. From here follow the Prairie Link trail 3.2 kilometers to the Powderface Creek Trail, which ends about 500 meters west of the starting point for the Prairie Creek Trail at the Powderface Creek Trailhead. At 252 meters, the elevation gain sounds moderate, however there is a bit of climbing up and down the side of the ridge above Prairie Creek.

Strenuous

Nihani Ridge Trail
Distance: 8.8 km
Elevation gain: 380 meters
Time required: 3 - 5 hours
Distance: 8.8 km
Bikes permitted: No
Dogs permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: Drive 30 kilometers from the junction of highways 22 and 66 and turn at the sign for Little Elbow Recreation Area.  Park near the sign "Trailhead parking".
Hike Description: Note that this hike has some hazardous sections, including one with a handrail. From the parking lot follow the Little Elbow Trail along the bank of the river. The trail meets up with the campground road which you will follow through the gate onto a fire road. This is part of the Little Elbow Trail. After about 550 meters join the Nihani Ridge Trail (the second trail to the right). The first section is narrow and after 250 meters meets up with another trail. Turn left here and right at the next which is only a few meters away. The trail continues along the ridge and then on the scree slopes with fabulous views of the mountains. It is possible to continue to the ridge summit however be cautious if you do.  Return the way you came.

Moose Mountain
Distance: 15.2 km
Elevation gain: 525 meters
Time required: 4 - 7 hours
Bikes permitted: Yes
Dogs permitted: Yes
Directions to trail head: From the junction of highways 22 and 66 drive about 14 kilometers, go past the sign for Paddy’s Flat campground, and about 800 meters there is an unmarked turn to the right.  This is the road to Moose Mountain.  Take this turning and drive about 7.5 kilometers up this road, which is graveled and fairly bumpy, to the parking area. The trailhead is both in the parking lot and immediately across the road from the signs to parallel park on the road.
Hike Description: Note: there are signs warning of lighting during storms and loss of footing during the ascent to the peak.
The hike traverses the ridge from the right side, up and over the first rise, and ends at the top of the second rise. At the top is Alberta's highest fire lookout.

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