Distance: 6.0 km
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 270 m
Elevation Loss: 270 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Merlin View is the newest gem of the West Bragg Creek Trails network, brought to you by the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association.
Completed in the fall of 2014, Merlin View is a multi-use singletrack trail that may be ridden either direction; but to get the most out of the descent, ride it counter-clockwise (right) from the trailhead. Access from the parking lot is via Braggin’ Rights, at the marked intersection with Reconnect. Immediately West of this intersection is the trailhead. Although this trail has been built to ride either way, riding counter-clockwise begins with climbing numerous switch-backs to gain elevation quickly, leaving you in an open meadow. At the top of the meadow is a rock chesterfield, to take a break and enjoy some of the great views. Continuing up, the trail winds gradually up to the ridge top, crossing one rock section dubbed “The Cheese Grater”. Once at the top, the trail follows the rolling ridge to another viewpoint at the beginning of the downhill section. The long downhill has phenomenal flow, mixing berms, rollers, and rock features, with a few tight spots in the trees just to check your speed. The downhill section comes out just above the Moose Loop, and traverses east back across the edge of a meadow to a small climb ending back at the Braggin’ Rights intersection. Merlin View offers a fun and fast loop that can be ridden on its own or as an extension to the Northern Flow Loop.
Please note that certain sections of this trail take much longer to dry out than the trailhead area and should not be ridden during the spring melt or after heavy precipitation to prevent trail damage. See the trip planning page for info on how to check recent precipitation amounts.
TRAILHEAD | N50 57.541 W114 43.540
Access to Merlin View is via the north of Braggin’ Rights. From the West Bragg Creek parking lot ride north on Braggin Rights until you reach the junction for Reconnect and Merlin View; well signed. Alternatively descend Reconnect (west) to the junction if riding down from Long Distance.
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