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Updated: June 21, 2018

Elbow Valley Trail Report

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Updated: June 21, 2018 | Print Report

Due to seasonal snow melt, rivers and streams are experiencing higher flows; exercise caution around moving water.  The past couple days have brought hot and dry weather which has allowed trails to dry out. Rain is in the forecast for the next couple days, trails may become wet and muddy; snow can be expected at higher elevations.

Recent wildfire activity in the area is a good reminder to always attend your campfire and ensure exhaust systems on OHVs are clear of debris to reduce the risk. 

Notes:  

  1. Little Elbow Day Use areas including Little Elbow/Nihahi Trailhead & Forgetmenot Pond are closed until July 1. Day users/hikers are asked to avoid travel in the area, however access to campgrounds is permissible if you hold a reservation or permit. Backcountry campers are asked to park on Hwy 66 and hike through the Little Elbow campground to access the backcountry trails until the parking lot is open.   
  2. Be wildlife aware! Bears are out, carrying bear spray is highly recommended. See the Wildlife Safety page for more information.
  3. Ticks are out for the season. Wearing a hat, plus covering up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants while recreating in grassy or wooded areas is recommended. Check for ticks once you are off the trail. Further information on how to avoid and remove ticks can be found on the MyHealth.Alberta website.
  4. For more information about trails within West Bragg Creek, please visit Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association.
  5. Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees and other natural hazards.

Closures:

  1. McLean Creek Road - Recent Wildfire activity
  2. Forgetmenot Pond Day Use - Construction
  3. Little Elbow TrailheadConstruction
  4. Cobble Flats Day Use - Construction  
Trail Name Permitted Activities Status
Alder
Note Accessed from Bragg Creek Provincial Park on Highway 758
Open
Beaver Flats Interpretive
Note Minor wash out on trail and bridge at the west end.
Warning
Big Elbow
Note There is a bridge out south of Big Elbow Backcountry towards Tombstone Backcountry and a river ford is required.  Little Elbow Day Use areas are closed until July 1.  
Warning
Diamond T Loop
Open
Elbow
Open
Elbow Falls Interpretive
Open
Ford Creek
Note Forgetmenot Pond Day Use area is closed until July 1.  
Warning
Ford Knoll
Note Forgetmenot Pond Day Use area is closed until July 1.  
Warning
Fullerton Loop
Open
Jumpingpound Ridge
Open
Jumpingpound Summit
Open
Little Elbow
Note Little Elbow Day Use areas are closed until July 1.   Trail free of snow to Tombstone. 
Warning
Little Elbow Interpretive
Note Little Elbow Day Use areas are closed until July 1.  
Warning
McLean Creek Interpretive
Open
Moose Mountain
Note Please be advised that this trail on Public Lands sees limited maintenance; route finding may be required.
Warning
Nihahi Creek
Note Little Elbow/Nihahi Trailhead is closed until July 1.
Warning
Nihahi Ridge
Note Little Elbow/Nihahi Trailhead is closed until July 1. 
Warning
Paddy's Flat Interpretive
Open
Powderface Creek
Open
Powderface Ridge
Open
Prairie Creek
Note Horse use not recommended East of Prairie Link due to narrow and slippery conditions.
Warning
Prairie Link
Open
Ridgeback
Open
Riverview
Open
Sugar Daddy
Open
Sugar Momma
Open
Sulphur Springs
Open
Threepoint Mountain
Note Little Elbow Day Use areas are closed until July 1.  
Warning
Tom Snow
Note The flood damaged portion has been repaired/re-routed but other sections may be challenging to navigate and route-finding may be required.  
Warning
Tombstone Lakes
Note Trailhead located beyond seasonal closure gate (Closed: December 1 - June 15 annually)
Open
Trail Creek
Open
Wildhorse
Note Little Elbow Day Use areas are closed until July 1. 
Warning


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