One of the most scenic rides in Kananaskis following both branches of the Elbow River confluence all the way to their alpine headwaters. The majority of this route is on gravel roads but the views make up for the lack of single track.
Distance: 42.5km total
Elevation Gain: 603m
Total Elevation Gain: 914m
Physical Difficulty: 3/5
Technical Difficulty: 2/5
Time: 3 - 6 hours
To Get Here: From the 4 way stop on HWY 22 next to Bragg Creek, take HWY 22 south to a T intersection. Turn right (westbound) on HWY 66. Travel 27.6 km west down HWY 66 to the end of the highway. Take the road to the left that enters Little Elbow Campground, and follow this to a parking area next to a pedestrian bridge crossing the Elbow River.
This section of HWY 66 is closed between Dec 1 to May 14
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This route is best done counter clockwise. From the parking lot, follow the main road to the end of the campground and past a metal gate. Continue on this road as it snakes alongside the Little Elbow River and slowly climbs for 11.4km until reaching Romulus Campground Turnoff. The campground at Romulus marks the start of the big climb. After 10.6km of steady climbing, you reach the summit in a beautiful alpine meadow. Begin the fun descent starting with a 230m drop in 2.5km. Near the bottom of the hill, take a left turn onto the Big Elbow trail. Continue down the Big Elbow branch as you climb and descend down some amazing trail and views for 20km back to the parking lot.