Horseshoe Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 746' 228 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 4,770' 1,454 m
Low: 4,025' 1,227 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“The quickest way to get to the top.”— Kaylin Bradley
The trail lies south of Elkwater Lake and west of Ferguson Hill Road. Running up this trail can be kind of a slog, but it can be linked with the Beaver Creek Trail to make a 10 kilometere loop. You'll reach the canyon viewpoint near the top, and the view is spectacular. Here the high, resistant conglomerate that makes up the height of the Cypress Hills has been eroded, forming a steep drop with views all the way to Elkwater Lake.
As you run through the high country of the Cypress Hills, wildflowers are everywhere. The blue of the lupines and the yellows of the locoweed predominate, but an endless variety awaits the curious runner that takes the time to look.
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Land Manager: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park