Elbow Valley Trail – Places to run

Today I ran with an avid group of trail runners in the foothills between Calgary and the Rockies. There sure are some amazing trails, even in winter conditions.

There was uneven hard packed snow the whole way which made the trail very difficult. Cleats were absolutely necessary today. My ankles will be sore for a few days.

But the views were amazing.

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Mostly single track with a little double track (5 minutes max). Only two bikes, three horses, 8 hikers and no other runners – for 3.5 hours! You don’t get that kind of loneliness on a lot of trails.

Fresh bear tracks only once although it was right beside a fresh kill. We definitely keep the adrenaline flowing on these runs.

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Bragg Creek is 20 minutes west of Calgary. Go another 15 minutes along highway 66.

We ran Elbow Valley Trail starting at Station Flats and turning around at Prairie Mountain.

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It was a great way to start off a Saturday.

21 km – 700m vertical (ie lots of hills!)

Run streak day 15. 26 to go.

Author: Kevin

Just a trail runner in Calgary and beyond

7 thoughts on “Elbow Valley Trail – Places to run”

  1. Now that’s a nice trail run! I’m jealous of all the snow (and honestly of the bear tracks as well)… Might be going to the Alps to enjoy some runs through the white stuff, but nothing like the Rockies!

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    1. The bears are supposed to be hibernating at this time of year, but since it is so warm so far this winter, I guess they haven’t settled down yet. Hopefully they start their snooze pretty soon so we don’t see them. Not seeing a bear is a good thing.

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