Quick Facts:

Climbing north from Bowbend Trail this pathway ambles along tree-lined, spring-fed McPherson Coulee. As you walk the edge of Windmill Flats west of Badger Bowl, magnificent views span from Cochrane to the Rockies.

Trail Restrictions: None – pedestrians and cyclists permitted

Trail Composition: 2.5 km Gravel

Average Walking Time: From West Kiosk to Windmill Lookout – 40 minutes

Seasonality: Open year-round (take note that ice may be present in fall through spring months)

Trail Profile: 

Highest Elevation: ~1228 m

Lowest Elevation: ~1134 m

Trail Details:

McPherson Trail is the Park’s newest trail, providing inteconnectivity between Badger Bowl and Bowbend Trail.

This steep gravel trail climbs out of the sheltered and wooded McPherson Coulee on the west end of the park. It levels out and stretches east along Windmill Flats, skirting the edge of the park and connecting the steep western limits of Badger Bowl with the western portion of Bowbend Trail.

A northern branch of the trail dead-ends 0.3 km up McPherson Coulee, north from the trail junction.

The south and west views afforded from this trail are unrivaled.



Contact Us

FOR PROGRAMS: 403-851-9053 or

SnailMail: 255001 Glenbow Road

Cochrane, Alberta T4C 0B7

Phone: 403-851-9053

Email: experienceglenbow@grpf.ca


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*During inclement weather, or when the road conditions on Glenbow Road are impassable for cars, the centre will remain closed.

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