Glasgow Creek – Big Elbow Loop

This easy, relatively flat 9.8 km loop around a timbered hill takes in Little Elbow Equestrian Trail, Glasgow Creek, South Glasgow Creek and Big Elbow Trail. Start from Little Elbow Recreation Area parking lot at the end of Hwy. 66 and walk up to the Harold Chapman suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and immediately turn right onto a shortcut trail for Little Elbow Equestrian Trail. On joining the equestrian trail follow it alongside the Little Elbow River, eroded in places, to the main channel of Glasgow Creek at GR 495283. Do not cross.

Nihahi Ridge from Glasgow Creek

Nihahi Ridge from Glasgow Creek

 

Turn left on a faint blazed trail that heads up the alluvial fan of Glasgow Creek. On hitting the smaller channel of Glasgow Creek, equestrians  follows it up to where the trail turns left up a steep bank. Hikers should turn left before the waterlogged section, following blazes to a easy crossing of the smaller channel. From here a trail climbs the bank. Turn right at the top and follow the  bank top along to where the equestrian trail joins in from the right. Go straight.

Follow the obvious trail all the way to the watershed meadow between Glasgow and South Glasgow creeks. Look back for a fine view of Nihahi Ridge’s south summit. Entering open forest, the trail slopes very slightly downhill to South Glasgow Creek. In the mid section look for flagging amid a myriad of trails. Low down the trail follows the left bank of a shallow dry creek to South Glagow’s wide, stoney creekbed. 

Turn left and walk  the creekbed to its intersection with Big Elbow Trail. Turn left and follow Big Elbow Trail back to the suspension bridge. 

Later in the year you can explore the upper reaches of Glasgow Creek below the spectacular northern cliffs of Mount Glasgow.

Glasgow Creek Trail Map

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  • Gillean Daffern Nov 7, 2017, 6:08 pm

    Hi Robert,
    we went and looked at the loop last Spring for flood damage and noted someone had been flagging reroutes. Good for them. No one wants to flog through flood debris! So we found the flagging very useful. But cairns are just as good and more permanent. (Flagging eventually fades, rots and falls off.} The main thing is that the trail is followable from both directions.

  • Robert Nov 6, 2017, 1:13 pm

    I removed an excessive amount of flagging tape from this trail this summer, (I finished with about 2 pockets full of it) flagging tape every 5-8 metres is excessive especially since it was marking a new trail oppose to using the current one. I went out a few weeks later and built a handful of cairns marking it, with less fluorescent orange plastic hanging from the trees.
    It is really quite a nice trail though.

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