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Views from a hike on the Forget Me Not Ridge in Bragg Creek near Kananaskis, Alberta

hikes in Bragg Creek and Sheep River

Region in Kananaskis Country, Alberta
Bragg Creek and Sheep River trail map

We love hiking in the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies, SW of Calgary. This area, which includes Bragg Creek and much of the Sheep River, has some great, and very quiet hikes. The are of these front-ranges are popular daytrips from Calgary, and you'll mostly find locals from Calgary exploring these great hiking trails.

Hiking the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains is a special place, as it’s not that busy but still has some beautiful hikes. These hikes generally provide great views of the Rockies to the west and prairies to the east without a huge amount of work. Terrain varies between grassy, wild-flower filled meadows to thick forests to rocky exposed ridges.

This area near Bragg Creek and the Sheep River is also great for shoulder season hiking, as it doesn’t see as much snow. Some of our favourites here are hiked all year long. The town of Bragg Creek is also a charming village with a couple of great restaurants. This makes a great break after a long hike. Other authentic towns such as Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Millarville make this area a unique opportunity to explore life in the Canadian Foothills.

SW Alberta is a wonderful region for beginners as well as experienced hikers, and there are many great hikes within the area.

THE TOP 10 HIKES NEAR BRAGG CREEK AND THE SHEEP RIVER, ALBERTA

  1. ForgetMeNot Ridge (15.2mi, 3097ft, 7-8h): Great views without a ton of work? Sign me up! This walk up Forget Me Not Mountain gives great views of the surrounding peaks, the elbow river valley, and gravel fields.
  2. Moose Mountain (9.1mi, 1880ft, 4.5-5.5h): This long but rewarding hike starts in the trees and bring us to the fire lookout at the top of Moose Mountain. This is really popular shoulder season hike just 45 minutes from Calgary.
  3. Nihahi Ridge (6.2mi, 2316ft, 3-4h): This hike has it all, starting in the forest before traversing a beautiful grassy meadow then gaining elevation in the alpine as climb the ridge. The views are spectacular throughout the hike.
  4. Volcano Ridge (11.6mi, 2162ft, 5.5-6.5h): This is a relative low effort high reward hike up a grass topped foothill of the Rockies just west of turner valley. From the top we have great views as the foothills turn into the towering peaks of the Rockies.
  5. Mesa Butte (2.2mi, 751ft, 1-2h): At only 2.2mi round trip this is a short and easy hike that is perfect for after work. Mesa Butte is a mid elevation hill with tremendous views of the surrounding area. The fire pit at the top it also made for a great picnic.
  6. Powderface Ridge (8.9mi, 2152ft, 3-4h): Powderface Ridge is a popular early or late season hike at the end of Highway 66. There are several variations of the trail, all with decent views, making it suitable for a variety of fitness levels.
  7. Foran Grade and Windy Point (7.8mi, 1490ft, 4.5-5.5h): Foran Grade and Windy Point Ridge are two smallish peaks in the front ranges providing great views of the surrounding ranges to the west and the prairie to the east. The views are gorgeous, especially considering the limited elevation you gain at just over 1000ft.
  8. Mount Ware (9.0mi, 1978ft, 4.5-5.5h): This mid-length moderate hike has us summit Mt. Ware. As our final elevation takes us above all the surrounding foothills we are afforded great views of the surrounding area, including the impressive Bluerock Mountain to the west.
  9. Praire Mountain (4.3mi, 2293ft, 3-4h): While this is not the most scenic of hikes until you reach the summit, it can be done year-round (no avalanche risk) and is one heck of a workout.
  10. Canyon Creek Ice Caves (8.5mi, 935ft, 5-7h): This hike is more about the destination than the journey. The first 3.7mi is more of a walk along a forestry road before things get good, with a steep 0.6mi hike before we reach the cave.
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The best hikes in Bragg Creek and Sheep River

views from Cox Hill, Alberta

01. Cox Hill Hike
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8.3mi 2,539ft 4.5-6.5h

Hiking Cox Hill Ridge is a great way to spend a half-day in the summer.… Read More

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Panoramic views from Eagle hill on the early spring

02. Eagle Hill Trail
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8.8mi 1,486ft 4-5.5h

The Eagle Hill trail climbs the foothills of Kananaskis Country to reach a ridge that… Read More

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Trail of the Forget Me Not Ridge hike in Kananaskis near Canmore

03. ForgetMeNot Ridge
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15.2mi 3,097ft 7-9.5h

Great views without a ton of work? Sign me up! This walk up Forget Me… Read More

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Sibbald Flats Trail Map

04. Sibbald Flats Trail
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1.2mi 302ft 0.5-1h

The Sibbald Flats interpretive trail travels around Sibbald Lake and includes many educational signs. It… Read More

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Trail of the Moose Mountain hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

05. Moose Mountain
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9.1mi 1,880ft 4-6h

This long but rewarding hike starts in the trees and bring us to the fire… Read More

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Scenery from the Nihahi Ridge hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

06. Nihahi Ridge
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7.1mi 2,316ft 4-5.5h

This hike has it all, starting in the forest before traversing a beautiful grassy meadow… Read More

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Scenery from the Volcano Ridge hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

07. Volcano Ridge
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11.6mi 2,162ft 5-7h

This is a relative low effort high reward hike up a grass topped foothill of… Read More

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Trail of the Mesa Butte hike in Bragg Creek, Kananaskis near Canmore

08. Mesa Butte
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2.2mi 751ft 1-2h

At only 2.2mi round trip this is a short and easy hike that… Read More

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Trail of the Powderface Ridge hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

09. Powderface Ridge
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8.9mi 2,152ft 4.5-6h

Powderface Ridge is a popular early or late season hike at the end of Highway… Read More

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Scenery from the Foran Grade and Windy Peak hike in Kananaskis near Canmore

10. Foran Grade and Windy Point
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7.8mi 1,490ft 3.5-5h

Foran Grade and Windy Point Ridge are two smallish peaks in the front ranges providing… Read More

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Yes, there are more than 10

Bragg Creek and Sheep River is so beautiful that we can not give you only 10 hikes. So here is a list of bonus hikes in Bragg Creek and Sheep River that you should take a look at as well

Scenery from the Mount Ware hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

11. Mount Ware
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9.0mi 1,978ft 4-6h

This mid-length moderate hike has us summit Mt. Ware. As our final elevation takes us… Read More

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Trail of the Prairie Mountain hike near Kananaskis and Canmore

12. Prairie Mountain
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4.3mi 2,293ft 3-4.5h

While this is not the most scenic of hikes until you reach the summit, it… Read More

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Trail of the Canyon Creek Ice Caves hike in Kananaskis near Canmore

13. Canyon Creek Ice Caves
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8.5mi 935ft 3-4.5h

This hike is more about the destination than the journey. The first 3.7miRead More

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Pine Woods Loop Map

14. Pine Woods Loop
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2.8mi 531ft 1-1.5h

Hiking the Pine Woods Interpretive Loop Trail doesn’t take long, but is an excellent way… Read More

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Buck Mountain Trail Map

15. Buck Mountain Trail
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4.7mi 1,302ft 2.5-3.5h

Ole Buck Mountain is a great trail to tackle when exploring the Sibbald Flats area.… Read More

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Barwell Trail Map

16. Barwell Trail
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9.9mi 2,457ft 5-7h

Hiking the Mount Barwell Trail is a half to full day effort that is very… Read More

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Sheep River Falls Hike

17. Sheep River Falls Hike
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0.3mi 23ft 0.5h

The Sheep River Falls trail is a short and easy trail that leads hikers to… Read More

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Foran Grade Trail Map

18. Foran Grade Trail
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4.3mi 1,030ft 2-3h

The Foran Grade trail is a great running and walking trail near Turner Valley, Alberta.… Read More

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Powderface Creek Trail Map

19. Powderface Creek Trail
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7.7mi 1,814ft 3.5-5h

The Powderface Creek trail in Kananaskis is a popular hiking, biking, and horseback trail, so… Read More

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Sugar Momma Trail Map

20. Sugar Momma Trail
Difficulty

5.9mi 1,184ft 2.5-4h

Hiking the Sugar Momma trail near Bragg Creek is a great way to spend a… Read More

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Elbow Falls Loop

21. Elbow Falls Loop
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0.5mi 82ft 0.5h

The Elbow Falls Loop is a popular trail for good reason. Only a short drive… Read More

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Sulphur Springs Trail

22. Sulphur Springs Trail
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7.3mi 1,690ft 3.5-5h

The Sulphur Springs trail in the Elbow River area is part of an extremely well-maintained… Read More

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Gorge Creek Loop Map

23. Gorge Creek Loop
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13.9mi 2,441ft 6-8.5h

Hiking the Gorge Creek Loop requires some route knowledge and a bit of extra effort… Read More

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Alder Trail Hike

24. Alder Trail Hike
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1.0mi 223ft 0.5h

The Alder Trail is a short lollipop loop in Bragg Creek Provincial Park. It is… Read More

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Iron Springs Trail

25. Iron Springs Trail
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10.7mi 1,486ft 4.5-6h

The Iron Springs trail connects Highway 66 with Township Road 232. It is a great… Read More

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Nihahi Creek Trail Map

26. Nihahi Creek Trail
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9.8mi 1,519ft 4-5.5h

Leaving from the central Little Elbow area, Nihahi Creek is an excellent half-day trip that… Read More

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Diamond T Loop

27. Diamond T Loop
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2.5mi 489ft 1-1.5h

The Diamond T Loop is an excellent beginner-intermediate trail in Kananaskis. It is part of… Read More

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Junction Creek to Junction Falls

28. Junction Creek to Junction Falls
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9.2mi 1,883ft 4-6h

The trail to Junction Falls via Junction Creek is a great intermediate hike that crosses… Read More

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Green Mountain

29. Green Mountain Trail
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10.2mi 2,418ft 5-7h

Green Mountain trail is a must-do in Bragg Creek. Not many surrounding trails have the… Read More

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Fullerton Loop Hike

30. Fullerton Loop Hike
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4.3mi 784ft 2-2.5h

The Fullerton Loop offers superb views of Moose Mountain and the foothills surrounding the area.… Read More

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Big Elbow Trail

31. Big Elbow Trail
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7.3mi 564ft 2.5-3.5h

Big Elbow Trail is a scenic, easy hike that leads to a backcountry campground. The… Read More

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Tom Snow Trail Map

32. Tom Snow Trail
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15.2mi 2,533ft 6.5-9h

The Tom Snow trail is a simple one. It follows mostly decommissioned fire roads between… Read More

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Little Elbow Trail

33. Little Elbow Trail
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7.1mi 781ft 2.5-4h

Little Elbow Trail connects with Big Elbow Trail to form a loop that connects three… Read More

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