Explore the hiking trails and see that 600m elevation gain for yourself. Not just in your legs, but when you reach the many viewpoints you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the surrounding area. It's not just about the viewpoint though, the trails themselves are incredibly diverse. Travel past babbling creeks, through lodgepole pine forest, across wildflower-filled meadows, and over cobblestone trails - all in one day! The trails here vary from easy to more complex to keep all the hikers happy!
With easy paved Lakeside Trails, some gentle trails through the forest surrounding the campsites and some longer, more technical trails for the MTB enthusiast. The local Mountain Bike Club, The 670 Collective, are constantly developing more single tracks around Elkwater, for all abilities and even the best can find something to challenge them. With over 60km of trails to explore you will simply have a blast!
In the winter the trails are ready for Fat Bikes so you don’t have to stop riding - permitted on all groomed and track-set trails EXCEPT Spring Creek Ski Trail System. Bikes with regular mountain bike tires are not permitted. Tires must be 3.7 inches or wider. Tire pressure should be 10 psi or lower. Skiers have priority on trails. Give skiers lots of space to pass, both on hills and flats.
Be aware that cougars live in the park. Watch for signs that tehy are in the immediate area, like covered kills. If you encounter a cougar on the trail:
Report cougar sightings by calling the Visitor Centre at (403) 893-3833. Remember that other wildlife, such as moose, can also be dangerous. Stay alert and aware to avoid dangerous close encounters.
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24 Hour Park Help Line
1 (780) 644-3880