OverviewDefinitely one of the more beautiful rides in Alberta, with great access and relatively easy trail this is one for everybody. the climb is a reasonable grade on reclaimed road, and there is enough singletrack and rocky areas to keep the advanced rider pedaling with a smile.
Trail DescriptionThe loop can be ridden either way, but is far better counterclockwise as most of the singletrack is during the descent this way! It starts innocently enough on excellent quality doubletrack.
After around 20km of steady grade on the same doubletrack, one comes across the amazing Little Elbow pass.
After a silly fast descent, take a sharp left (right is the Sheep, an overnight ride) and enjoy some singletrack!
The singletrack continues for some time. It never gets terribly technical although beginners may walk a few short rocky sections. enjoy the views and airtime opportunities, and eventually spill back onto more doubletrack for the long haul home.
Getting ThereFrom Calgary, head west on the 22x towards Bragg Creek. At the junction with the 22 (roughly 45km), keep going straight and follow the main road. Eventually the road changes to gravel (powderface rd.) at this transition there is a parking lot on the south side. The trailhead is well signed and exits from the parking area.
When to BikeThis is a high mountain ride which reaches over 2200m. Generally the trail is rideable from early July to Late october, depending on snowfall. Watch for bears!
***This is a serious backcountry trail, a long ways away from help! please be prepared for anything!***
11.6 mt. romulus campground
19 little elbow pass
22 turn left at junction
38 keep on the road at junction
43 bridge at the end