Distance 7.0 km loop, height gain 372 m, moderate
The Mustang Hills (also known as the Rainy Creek Hills) is the group of three hills located ENE of Rainy Summit between Hwy. 66 and the Elbow River. At a summary glance, they appear to be covered in trees, but in reality they harbour meadows offering great views. Within their folds wander the wild horses, perhaps headed for a drink at the pond.
1. Rainey Summit.
2. Cobble Flats day-use area. Keep left into the far end parking area. See sketch map
Difficulty: Easy hiking, with some routefinding along the Elbow River section and a couple of difficult steps across minor washouts.
For the next few years, until the logging roads are reclaimed, it will be possible to descend directly from the east hill to the end of a logging road and follow roads back to the old road that links Rainy Summit to Cobble Flats. See the sketch map.
Note: Logging in 2018-19 has had little effect on the trails, though new views have opened up. The 2013 flood affected the final section along the Elbow River back to Cobble Flats. In general, the flood has improved this section of trail. A trail is gradually developing thanks to the wild horses for the first 500 m until you come out onto the cobble flats. You then pick your way across cobble/sand bars with a few diversions into the forest and a stretch of grassy side slope where a short section of trail has washed away.
- The lone tree on the second top.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
This trail is not featured in any of our guidebooks
Trailhead: Cobble Flats 50.82001N, -114.80478W
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Last updated May 17, 2019