A pleasant urban trek along the banks of the Bow River. It does involve some up and down as the path follows the riverbank and in winter, ice cleats of some sort are recommended. You can go in and out on the same trail, back along the river or cross the river on a pedestrian bridge at each end.
One night while walking through there we saw the hugest owl, he seems to frequent the area but does seem to hide if he sees anyone with a camera.
Start in the large parking lot in Edworthy Park, about 7km West of downtown and look for the trailhead in the ESE corner of the parking lot.
The entrance to Edworthy park is at the NE corner of Sarcee and Bow Trails in Calgary (enter from Bow Trail West bound). Take the steep, narrow road down into the park and watch for walkers and cyclists on the way. From the Edworthy parking lot follow the asphalt pathway towards downtown. This part of the trail is beside the train tracks. The trail head is along this path by a couple hundred meters and is very well marked and well used.
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Posted By: tacticalmountain
- Thu Aug 29 17:47:52 EDT 2013
UpsideThis is a fun little trail. It is fairly well maintained and has lots of great stairs, a few nice views. Most everyone commented that they were surprised that it was even there and they did not really know about it.
Downside The trailhead is confusing a bit. From the Edworthy parking lot you need to walk towards downtown on the "Bowriver pathway" for a couple blocks. The trailhead is not visible from the parking lot at all.
CommentThe trail may not be that long but there are quite a lot of stairs. It is runnable if you are in good shape.
Posted By: Gpennell
- Tue Aug 14 13:18:13 EDT 2012
CommentThis is called the Douglas Fir Trail because this is the last stand of naturally occurring Douglas Fir trees east of the Rocky Mountains (i.e. all of the other Douglas Fir trees are found in locations west from here).