13.5 miles
Distance
1,549 ft
Climb
-1,534 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Nice moderate 22 km loop from the West Bragg parking lot that is a great ride once the trails are dry (mid-summer for Tom Snow). Whitetail to get the legs moving, then up the standard Braggin Rights/Merlin View loop to Kestrel. The end of Kestrel currently has a steep downhill section to get to Tom Snow, not for beginners but not super technical either. Note that Tom Snow often has wet/muddy sections, not something to be tackled after a heavy rain or early season. Connect back to the bottom of Merlin and ride Braggin Rights back to the parking lot.

Detailed Description
Braggin Wizard and a Bird is a 14 mile popular intermediate route located near Bragg Creek Alberta. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 1,549 ft with a max elevation of 5,509 ft then descends -1,534 ft.
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57 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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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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jarrodNyholt9Yh (Aug 19, 2022 at 10:16)
Trail Whitetail
Much easier climb to bragging rights/long distance intersection!!
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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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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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ldmrobinson (Jul 13, 2022 at 13:03)
Trail Kestrel
Great trail! Enjoyed the variety of up/down and a bit of tech.
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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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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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dampyak (Jun 13, 2022 at 10:35)
Trail Kestrel
Great trail. Thank you for all of the work to get this finished. But why the deep gravel on the trail just before Kestrel joins Tom Snow? It is a bit much!
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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 9:44)
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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GordonGilbertson (Oct 27, 2021 at 16:31)
Trail Kestrel
The final 200m are now
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dampyak (Dec 26, 2021 at 22:51)
Trail Kestrel
Now what? Open?
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BradFl2flK (Jul 20, 2021 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
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BradFl2flK (Jul 20, 2021 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
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excel (Jun 21, 2021 at 14:32)
Trail Whitetail
Better climbing trail than Bragging Rights to the intersection with Long Distance.
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iphonefreddy (May 28, 2021 at 21:53)
Trail Tom Snow
A mix of really nice trails and mud bogs. With some boardwalks to cross the bogs this trail would be sweeto
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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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fisherdac (Apr 14, 2021 at 17:11)
Trail Merlin View
Best ride in west Bragg. ONLY ride counter clockwise
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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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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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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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Justinlegal6 (Sep 30, 2020 at 12:32)
Trail Tom Snow
To the riders who helped me during my stroke on July 11th 2020. Thank you so much. Thank you for trying to get me out of there on your bike and stopping your ride. You called the rangers and then EMT came and drove me to foothills hospital. I don't remember what you all look like or names but I will anyways remember how helpful you all were. Thank you all again. And I how to see you on the trails again.
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nheggie (Aug 25, 2020 at 18:05)
Trail Kestrel
Baby bear sighted about 1 mile in.
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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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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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Jawae (May 16, 2020 at 9:30)
Trail Merlin View
Trail is 90% dry. Some muddy sections.
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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 5:39)
Trail Merlin View
Some muddy areas, it should dry out by late May 2020
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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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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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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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98teg (Aug 24, 2019 at 21:33)
Trail Merlin View
Love this trail
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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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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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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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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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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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binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:46)
Trail Merlin View
best in west bragg
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binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:46)
Trail Merlin View
best in west bragg
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psingbeil (Jul 26, 2018 at 6:26)
Trail Tom Snow
Bear Closure - Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop
July 24, 2018
Effective Date: July 24, 2018 until further notice
Where: Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop
Why: Bears feeding on carcass

The sign that shows the closure is not well marked, A small notice that has a map is posted at the entrance of Tom Snow from the Mountain Road. We looked at it and thought it was in the South direction and proceeded on the trail going North. We encountered yellow closure markings by Ab parks at the base of the large hill and some of us encountered a strong smell. We turned around and retreated back up 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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bigdog48 (Jul 27, 2017 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
Favorite go to trail.
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bigdog48 (Jul 27, 2017 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
Favorite go to trail.
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psingbeil (May 24, 2017 at 14:26)
Trail Tom Snow
Rode it yesterday evening. Lots of mud and fallen trees
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Route Type
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  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
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  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Braggin Wizard and a Bird mountain bike route
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    4,618 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,618 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,633 ft
  • Grade max
    -50%
  • Grade min
    33.7%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Braggin Rights
Nov 26, 2022 @ 3:34am
3 days
Studded Tires recommended
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Nov 26, 2022 @ 3:34am
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Studded tires required
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Nov 26, 2022 @ 3:34am
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Sep 25, 2022 @ 11:02am
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Sep 19, 2022 @ 8:22am
Sep 19, 2022
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