Aug 6th – Day 4 of riding. The Elbow Loop – While not the best trail since its a old exploratory road, it offers spectacular views and a good ride to see the lay of the land and the vastness of it.
We rode this loop counterclockwise as suggested by the guide book. Some people ride it clockwise. From talking to most friends who have done it both ways, they prefer counterclockwise. Check out the elevation profile and decide for yourself.
This loop was part of the Trans Rockies bike race.
The Little Elbow River
Most intersections are marked with a map.
The road was well shaded which was great on this hot day.
Kevin marching on
We Stop at the Romulus camp for a snack before climbing to Tombstone pass
Approaching Tombstone pass
Looking towards Tombstone and Sheep valley.
Sheep Valley and another huge area of Kananaskis country
We’re on the far side of the loop, you can also go to the headwaters of the Elbow from here if you want a longer ride.
This road takes you to Sheep valley.
We head back to Elbow along the Big Elbow River.
Suspension bridge near the Elbow campground. Nice place for a cool dip!
Chillin’ back at camp
Length: 42 km
Duration: 4 hours, 46 minutes
Vertical up: 857.5 m
Vertical down: 856.6 m
Average Speed: 8.8 km/h