at the Little Elbow Campground
40 minutes west of Calgary.
Note Highway #66 is closed at Elbow Falls from Dec
1st to May 15th.
Hike up the road along the Elbow
River to end of the campground
passing the locked road barrier until you
see the signed trailhead located on
your right. Continue hiking up the
Nihahi Ridge trail through a spruce
and fir forest. In a short distance
the trail enters beautiful meadows that are covered
in wildflowers. Spectacular views
of the valley below will be in sight from this point onwards. Work your way
up past a cable railed bluff then up
the scree slope until you reach the
ridge buttress. At this point
you can catch your breath and take
in the views. This is as far as most
people go however you can keep going
further up the ridge if you don't
mind a short steep section that
requires your hands and feet to
climb. Follow the trail along the
right side of the buttress until it
ends at the bottom of a short steep rock face that
is usually wet. Scramble up this
section then continue on up to the
top of the ridge. Once you arrive
you will not be disappointed.
Glasgow, Mount Cornwall, Outlaw Peak, Banded Peak
and Mount Romulus are stunning.
Local campgrounds include
Goose Berry campground,
Beaver Flat campground,
Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to
Forget Me Not Ridge,
Moose Mountain Ice Cave,
Powder Face Trail,
Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.