15.4 miles
Distance
2,323 ft
Climb
-2,314 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Taras Semeniuk hot August ride

Detailed Description
Bragging-Merlin-Kestral-Long Distance is a 15 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Bragg Creek Alberta. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 2,323 ft with a max elevation of 5,513 ft then descends -2,314 ft.
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36 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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BlackSuN42 (Aug 21, 2022 at 7:44)
Trail Reconnect
The western most section has some washout and a large rut down the centre making it fairly stoney. It’s still rideable but makes for unpleasant climbing when going west to east.
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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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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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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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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 9:41)
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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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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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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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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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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nheggie (Aug 25, 2020 at 18:05)
Trail Kestrel
Baby bear sighted about 1 mile in.
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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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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 5:39)
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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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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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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binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:46)
Trail Merlin View
best in west bragg
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KVaillant (Sep 28, 2017 at 21:45)
Trail Reconnect
Trail is in good dry condition.
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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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ronboy (May 8, 2016 at 17:15)
Trail Reconnect
Good to go
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Trails in Route

Braggin Rights2 miles
Kestrel6 miles
Merlin View2 miles
Reconnect5,226 ft

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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Bragging-Merlin-Kestral-Long Distance mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    9 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,641 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,641 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,649 ft
  • Grade max
    -49.5%
  • Grade min
    43.3%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 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
2 days
Studded Tires recommended
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