Blackshale Suspension Bridge

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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1.1 km
Elevation
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72 m
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Blackshale Suspension Bridge

The Blackshale Suspension Bridge Route is an easy, family-friendly trail with fantastic wildflowers, mountain views, and an impressive suspension bridge to cross. Some people make a longer trip of this by accessing it from Black Prince Trail, but this short loop is for those who just want to enjoy the bridge.

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Route Description for Blackshale Suspension Bridge

The hike is accessible from the highway but is not clearly marked. Those doing the longer route can cross the highway at the Black Prince parking lot and find the trailhead, but those doing this shorter route will need to look out for a trail starting directly from the roadside. There is a small social distancing sign at the trailhead but no official signage, so we recommend dropping a maps pin or using GPS coordinates to find the trailhead. If all else fails, keep an eye out for cars parked on the side of the road.

This is a great family-friendly hike with little effort required, and the bridge is a unique feature with an exciting view. Once you’ve found the trailhead, it’s only a quick 450 m or so until you reach the bridge with very minimal elevation gain. The bridge itself is lovely, with mountain and forest views on all sides. Take a peek over the side at Blackshale Creek—if you dare! Those who don’t like heights will appreciate the handrails.

After crossing the bridge, continue on the obvious trail back to the highway.

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Insider Hints for Blackshale Suspension Bridge

  • The longer route from Black Prince is 6.0 km with 333 m of elevation gain, making it a great choice for those wanting to lengthen their day a bit. Just park at the Black Prince parking lot and cross the highway to the trailhead.
  • We love this hike when the wildflowers are in season
  • Note that the bridge is closed in the winter

Getting to the Blackshale Suspension Bridge Trailhead

From Calgary, head west on Highway 1 until you reach the exit for Highway 40. Continue on Highway 40 for 59.0 km, then turn right onto Highway 742. The hike begins just past the Peninsula day use area turnoff.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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