Distance: 3.4 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 39 m
Elevation Loss: 253 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Strange Brew is a part of the West Bragg Creek Trails network. It is a multi-use singletrack trail that may be ridden either direction; but for maximum flow access it via Ranger Summit and ride it east. It is a reclaimed trail recently upgraded by the trail builders to the same sustainable standards as the newly built singletrack trails in the area. Short reroutes and tread construction has been done to maximize the flow of this trail. Strange Brew is a good option if you’re looking to ride a shorter loop, combining Ranger Summit with Strange Brew for a 1 – 1.5 hour ride; dubbed the Goldilocks Loop.
Strange Brew offers a fun and fast descent down from Ranger Summit. It’s all singletrack, with a few short technical sections. A great viewpoint at Barruch’s Corner is located near the beginning of the western part of this trail and makes for a nice rest stop. Following the viewpoint the trail begins to descend down the flowy singletrack, switchbacking in a few sections, before connecting directly with Boundary Ridge. From there ride Boundary Ridge trail north (left) back to the West Bragg parking lot.
Important note: Strange Brew should not be ridden when wet in order to prevent tread damage until after August 2013, once the trail has had a chance to settle. Please respect this request from the trail builders and volunteers to keep the trail from severe damage.
TRAILHEAD | N50 55.477 W114 42.310 (WEST)
From Bragg Creek take Balsam Ave west to Centre Ave. Turn southwest (left) at the T-junction on to Centre Ave. Drive southwest on Centre Ave, which will turn into Township Rd. 232. Continue on Township Rd. 232 until you hit the gravel road. Cross the cattle guard and drive to the well-marked parking area just ahead on your right (500 metres down the road). From there access Strange Brew via Ranger Summit or Boundary Ridge.
N50 55.477 W114 42.310 (West TH)
N50 56.345 W114 41.056 (East TH)
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