Mountain biking in Southern Alberta is typically characterized by a rugged, sun-baked badlands landscape. But in Elkwater you’ll find a cool forest oasis and network of trails ranging from green rides up to black diamond.
For your first run, tackle Horseshoe Canyon and its 240 metre elevation gain over 4 kilometers. Upon reaching the top, soak in the view of the endless Canadian prairie below your feet before riding a wooded trail along the bench before diving back down along either Beaver Creek (blue) or Mitchell Creek (black diamond).
Catch your breath at the always-fresh Camp Cookhouse before spending the afternoon along Tower Trail which leads to Mystery. Tower Trail for those looking for a fast, flowy descent, is probably the best around.
Spruce Coulee Trail is worth the ride, terminating at one of the prettiest lakes in the Cypress Hills and makes up part of the Transcanada Trail.
If you’ve tackled all you can in the badlands, Elkwater is a welcome change of scenery.