20.0 miles
Distance
3,026 ft
Climb
-3,009 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Full Day Run combining the best of North and South Bragg Creek Trails

Detailed Description
Braggin Rights/Merlin/Ranger/Boundry is a 20 mile popular intermediate route located near Bragg Creek Alberta. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 3,026 ft with a max elevation of 5,584 ft then descends -3,009 ft.
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78 Reviews & Comments

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Schoobsy (Oct 8, 2022 at 17:38)
Trail Merlin View
Found a nice phone on bottom of Merlin descent tonight narrowly not running it over. Put up a couple signs at bottom of Braggin Rights and White Tail near parking lot. Call 306-717-0931 to describe and arrange retrieval.
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BLHandel (Sep 27, 2022 at 20:00)
This trail is overused and now it is full of roots and rocks. Basically not safe to ride with any speed as there are too many obstacles on the trail.
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BLHandel (Sep 27, 2022 at 20:00)
This trail is overused and now it is full of roots and rocks. Basically not safe to ride with any speed as there are too many obstacles on the trail.
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BLHandel (Sep 27, 2022 at 20:00)
This trail is overused and now it is full of roots and rocks. Basically not safe to ride with any speed as there are too many obstacles on the trail.
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BLHandel (Sep 27, 2022 at 20:00)
This trail is overused and now it is full of roots and rocks. Basically not safe to ride with any speed as there are too many obstacles on the trail.
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sskinner (Aug 15, 2022 at 23:10)
Trail Merlin View
I encountered a large angry grizzly bear tonight Aug 16 just up the trail for the viewpoint with the bench. I wasn’t even on my bike, so I don’t think I startled him. I had stopped to make a phone call and was about to start going again when I heard it. It was huffing and growling, charging through the bushes but eventually ran away from the trail. Reminder to make noise and carry bear spray! Otherwise was a great ride.
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mungbean (Jul 25, 2022 at 12:28)
Trail Bobcat
Very underrated downhill. Fast and flowy with great views up top.
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RickOliver (Jun 30, 2022 at 5:51)
Trail Merlin View
Agree with all the comments it should only be ridden counter clockwise. It would be way safer if that was enforced and it was signed at the bottom
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B8eMcm (Jun 20, 2022 at 10:18)
Grizzly sited just past long distance intersection today around 930am.
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Brukalski (Jun 9, 2022 at 21:13)
Good condition, couple stops but good climb
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Brukalski (Jun 9, 2022 at 21:13)
Good condition, couple stops but good climb
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noserider (May 19, 2022 at 12:50)
Mostly dry with lots of tree debris. Western portion toward the south are were wet with boggy spots.
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probono (Jan 2, 2022 at 9:44)
Trail Merlin View
Rode morning of Jan 2. Second tracks up. Switchback climb is surprisingly not that bad. Open area below the benches is obliterated by knee deep drifts.
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probono (Jan 2, 2022 at 9:41)
Rode morning of Jan 2. Second tracks up. Long stretches are badly drifted with mashed potatoes consistency snow. Basically anything with no shelter from a south wind. Upper part near Merlin in the forest is decent
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probono (Jan 2, 2022 at 9:41)
Rode morning of Jan 2. Second tracks up. Long stretches are badly drifted with mashed potatoes consistency snow. Basically anything with no shelter from a south wind. Upper part near Merlin in the forest is decent
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probono (Jan 2, 2022 at 9:41)
Rode morning of Jan 2. Second tracks up. Long stretches are badly drifted with mashed potatoes consistency snow. Basically anything with no shelter from a south wind. Upper part near Merlin in the forest is decent
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probono (Jan 2, 2022 at 9:41)
Rode morning of Jan 2. Second tracks up. Long stretches are badly drifted with mashed potatoes consistency snow. Basically anything with no shelter from a south wind. Upper part near Merlin in the forest is decent
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ryancartiers (Nov 5, 2021 at 17:26)
Trail Bobcat
this trail's a hoot
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Nomolos2006 (Sep 11, 2021 at 15:11)
Trail Bobcat
Best trail in the area, very flowy
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BradFl2flK (Jul 20, 2021 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
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fisherdac (Apr 14, 2021 at 17:11)
Trail Merlin View
Best ride in west Bragg. ONLY ride counter clockwise
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Jasongyip (Jan 13, 2021 at 13:35)
In pretty good condition today. Some fresh snow at the top. Fun climb!
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Jasongyip (Jan 13, 2021 at 13:35)
In pretty good condition today. Some fresh snow at the top. Fun climb!
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whisky (Jan 3, 2021 at 8:23)
Jan 2, morning
Snow too soft. Constant momentum interruptions by hikers or coming to a halt on 3/4 of the hills due to sinking or being pulled into ruts.

Best to stick to low elevations this week with the warmer temps.
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whisky (Jan 3, 2021 at 8:23)
Jan 2, morning
Snow too soft. Constant momentum interruptions by hikers or coming to a halt on 3/4 of the hills due to sinking or being pulled into ruts.

Best to stick to low elevations this week with the warmer temps.
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MyGirlsRock (Dec 6, 2020 at 18:00)
Trail Merlin View
Just to repeat what has been said, but is incorrect in the description, please ride CCW. Way better and less risk! of injury!
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dowen BCT (Oct 16, 2022 at 1:55)
Trail Merlin View
The description is actually correct. Don’t forget, this is a multi-use trail so you could encounter hikers or horses on any part of the trail.
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Codetrap (Oct 3, 2020 at 18:19)
Counter clockwise has a lot of climbing. A few wet muddy sections on the west half.
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Gonnad (Sep 27, 2020 at 14:31)
Not the most exciting ride, trail though the woods. The trail is in good dry conditions on the east side to Long Distance after this it's boggie in placed probably as dry as it's going to get until it freezes.
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TacoDan14 (Sep 14, 2020 at 12:32)
Can you camp at the top of the road? Like by the wellsite?
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Gonnad (Aug 16, 2020 at 10:08)
Good condition dry and dusty
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Gonnad (Aug 16, 2020 at 10:08)
Good condition dry and dusty
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Griffink (Aug 7, 2020 at 20:18)
Trail Merlin View
Amazing trail with a fun flow section. I have rode a bunch here and it is still my favourite trail
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aka-bigsteve (Aug 4, 2020 at 16:35)
Trail Sugar Mama
Mama black bear and 2 cubs spotted about halfway down Snakes yesterday morning.
They just kept moving downslope away from the trail.
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RockiesMarc (Aug 4, 2020 at 15:13)
Trail Sugar Mama
Mama bear and cub seen by the switchbacks mid route. Non aggressive but right by the trail. Mama is big enough!
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Gonnad (Jul 26, 2020 at 7:52)
If you want a quieter ride at the weekend use the trails to the south of the carpark. Rangers Summit yesterday was dry and in good condition.
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Gonnad (Jul 26, 2020 at 7:52)
If you want a quieter ride at the weekend use the trails to the south of the carpark. Rangers Summit yesterday was dry and in good condition.
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Gonnad (Jul 9, 2020 at 4:41)
Wet and top film of mud
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Gonnad (Jul 9, 2020 at 4:41)
Wet and top film of mud
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Davidbopp (May 25, 2020 at 6:46)
Lots of mud. Not possible to ride without damaging the trail.
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Davidbopp (May 25, 2020 at 6:46)
Lots of mud. Not possible to ride without damaging the trail.
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Jawae (May 16, 2020 at 9:30)
Trail Merlin View
Trail is 90% dry. Some muddy sections.
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MountainJ4Y (May 15, 2020 at 5:40)
Upper section is very muddy, wait until late May 2020 to ride it
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MountainJ4Y (May 15, 2020 at 5:40)
Upper section is very muddy, wait until late May 2020 to ride it
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MountainJ4Y (May 15, 2020 at 5:40)
Upper section is very muddy, wait until late May 2020 to ride it
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MountainJ4Y (May 15, 2020 at 5:40)
Upper section is very muddy, wait until late May 2020 to ride it
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MountainJ4Y (May 15, 2020 at 5:39)
Trail Merlin View
Some muddy areas, it should dry out by late May 2020
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agiard (Oct 25, 2019 at 5:41)
Icy patches for the first km then it clears up nicely.
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agiard (Oct 25, 2019 at 5:41)
Icy patches for the first km then it clears up nicely.
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markusarulius (Sep 20, 2019 at 6:48)
Trail Merlin View
Perfect conditions, dry and dusty with only a few tiny puddles along the downhill.
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Lopht (Sep 1, 2019 at 17:06)
Little wet Sep 1. Nice easy consistent climb
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Lopht (Sep 1, 2019 at 17:06)
Little wet Sep 1. Nice easy consistent climb
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98teg (Aug 24, 2019 at 21:33)
Trail Merlin View
Love this trail
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downshift10 (Aug 7, 2019 at 20:49)
Trail Merlin View
Great trail. Perfect conditions as of aug 2019
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Bretson10 (Jul 13, 2019 at 19:02)
Trail Merlin View
If anyone came across a pair of black Icon gloves could you please call/text 4038897841

Stopped near the top of the trail for a snack with my friend. Thought I maybe left the gloves behind, but she. I biked back up they were nowhere to be found.

Thanks!
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powderfinger (Jul 12, 2019 at 15:46)
Excellent condition
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powderfinger (Jul 12, 2019 at 15:46)
Excellent condition
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airell (Jul 1, 2019 at 12:06)
Trail Merlin View
This loop should be ridden primarily counter-clockwise (right entry to loop). Traveling this trail the other direction can be dangerous due to blind corners and oncoming traffic.
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vpw2 (Oct 17, 2018 at 16:27)
Road up Braggin to Merlin Loop. Totally doable on skinny bike; might be more work than it’s worth on a fat bike. All the snow/ice sections (which are mostly on Braggin) were rideable. Prepare to get very wet and dirty!
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vpw2 (Oct 17, 2018 at 16:27)
Road up Braggin to Merlin Loop. Totally doable on skinny bike; might be more work than it’s worth on a fat bike. All the snow/ice sections (which are mostly on Braggin) were rideable. Prepare to get very wet and dirty!
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vpw2 (Oct 17, 2018 at 16:27)
Road up Braggin to Merlin Loop. Totally doable on skinny bike; might be more work than it’s worth on a fat bike. All the snow/ice sections (which are mostly on Braggin) were rideable. Prepare to get very wet and dirty!
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vpw2 (Oct 17, 2018 at 16:27)
Road up Braggin to Merlin Loop. Totally doable on skinny bike; might be more work than it’s worth on a fat bike. All the snow/ice sections (which are mostly on Braggin) were rideable. Prepare to get very wet and dirty!
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MarkruShredding (Sep 25, 2018 at 6:57)
Sept 24 trail in good condition but wet and greasy in many areas.
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MarkruShredding (Sep 25, 2018 at 6:57)
Sept 24 trail in good condition but wet and greasy in many areas.
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binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:46)
Trail Merlin View
best in west bragg
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Lenniee (Jul 10, 2018 at 14:24)
Bad trail fell off so many times needs a new everything I rate it 1/10
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Lenniee (Jul 10, 2018 at 14:24)
Bad trail fell off so many times needs a new everything I rate it 1/10
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Jugheed (Oct 21, 2017 at 18:14)
Trail Sugar Mama
A few trees down across the trail.
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mntnbiker33 (Sep 18, 2017 at 21:05)
We ran across a black bear and her brown coloured cub this evening at about 6:45pm. They were on the edge of the trail approximately 500 meters up from the intersection with White Tail (100 meters up from the cut line). Mom and cub ran quite a way down the trail before heading off up the slope towards long distance. Make sure you have your bear spray! Trail was dry, dusty and fast.
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mntnbiker33 (Sep 18, 2017 at 21:05)
We ran across a black bear and her brown coloured cub this evening at about 6:45pm. They were on the edge of the trail approximately 500 meters up from the intersection with White Tail (100 meters up from the cut line). Mom and cub ran quite a way down the trail before heading off up the slope towards long distance. Make sure you have your bear spray! Trail was dry, dusty and fast.
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mntnbiker33 (Sep 18, 2017 at 21:05)
We ran across a black bear and her brown coloured cub this evening at about 6:45pm. They were on the edge of the trail approximately 500 meters up from the intersection with White Tail (100 meters up from the cut line). Mom and cub ran quite a way down the trail before heading off up the slope towards long distance. Make sure you have your bear spray! Trail was dry, dusty and fast.
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mntnbiker33 (Sep 18, 2017 at 21:05)
We ran across a black bear and her brown coloured cub this evening at about 6:45pm. They were on the edge of the trail approximately 500 meters up from the intersection with White Tail (100 meters up from the cut line). Mom and cub ran quite a way down the trail before heading off up the slope towards long distance. Make sure you have your bear spray! Trail was dry, dusty and fast.
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rcaughlin (Aug 18, 2017 at 5:16)
Long climb that doesn't stop until the top.
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rcaughlin (Aug 18, 2017 at 5:16)
Long climb that doesn't stop until the top.
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bigdog48 (Jul 27, 2017 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
Favorite go to trail.
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bproch (Jul 4, 2016 at 22:49)
I did the loop counter clockwise with my wife. I think it would be better to have longer descent and shorter steep up.
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EVdad (Apr 12, 2015 at 7:22)
Trail mostly damp with occasional muddy patches and many dry areas.
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EVdad (Apr 12, 2015 at 7:22)
Trail mostly damp with occasional muddy patches and many dry areas.
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More Stats for Braggin Rights/Merlin/Ranger/Boundry mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    17 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,590 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,642 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,659 ft
  • Grade max
    -55%
  • Grade min
    41.6%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,229 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Ranger Summit
Nov 26, 2022 @ 11:34am
Nov 26, 2022
Lots of ice. Large tree across the path
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Nov 26, 2022 @ 3:34am
Nov 26, 2022
Studded Tires recommended
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Studded tires required
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