12.2 miles
Distance
1,544 ft
Climb
-1,550 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

This will be the 20km loop ridden in the 5th Edition of the Calgary Cycle Frozen Rodeo!

Detailed Description
Calgary Cycle Frozen Rodeo 5th Edition - Long Loop is a 12 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Bragg Creek Alberta. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 1,544 ft with a max elevation of 5,448 ft then descends -1,550 ft.
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54 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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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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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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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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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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BradFl2flK (Jul 20, 2021 at 20:35)
Trail Merlin View
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mantistoboggan939 (Jul 20, 2021 at 19:45)
Trail Strange Brew
Fun fast trail, flows very well for the majority after the small climb a quarter way in. Many potential natural gaps
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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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Hendrix13 (Jan 12, 2021 at 13:36)
Anyone know if Long distance has formed up enough that it could be ridden with studded “non” fat bike tires?
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whisky (Jan 7, 2021 at 16:44)
Trail Strange Brew
Nice and grippy but, full of horse tracks that make for a bumpy, slow, uncomfortable start to decent. ~2-4 km ?
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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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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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Gonnad (Jul 26, 2020 at 7:46)
Trail Strange Brew
I did this yesterday. If you like roots and rocks this is the one for you, recommend going up Rangers and down Strange Brew. A few muddy patches but in good condition.
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Joyfulbiker (Jun 2, 2020 at 21:44)
Trail Moose Loop
Some sections still very muddy and wet.
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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 5:39)
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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Lopht (Sep 1, 2019 at 17:07)
Trail Strange Brew
Makes Ranger Summit totally worthwhile!
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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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Jugheed (May 14, 2019 at 21:15)
Trail Strange Brew
May 14, Trail is in pretty good shape.
Unfortunately can’t say the same for the Baruch’s Corner sign at the top lookout, and the trail-map at the Elbow junction. Somebody thinks that wrecking the signs is fun or something.
Anyway, let’s respect what has been provided for the enjoyment of the area without ruining it for everybody.
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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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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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KVaillant (Sep 28, 2017 at 21:45)
Trail Reconnect
Trail is in good dry condition.
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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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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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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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ronboy (May 8, 2016 at 17:15)
Trail Reconnect
Good to go
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ronboy (May 8, 2016 at 17:15)
Trail Reconnect
Good to go
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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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    Fat
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    5
More Stats for Calgary Cycle Frozen Rodeo 5th Edition - Long Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,649 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,655 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,649 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -55%
  • Grade min
    48.9%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,053 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

statustraildateconditiondescription
Moose Loop
Jan 25, 2023 @ 2:37pm
Jan 25, 2023
Not super freshly groomed but good tracks! Some debris under treed areas
Strange Brew
Jan 12, 2023 @ 4:19am
Jan 12, 2023
Reconnect
Jan 11, 2023 @ 5:34am
Jan 11, 2023
MINT conditions pretty much 98% of the whole trail!!! beautifully packed Snow with lots of line options (wide but not as wide as bragging rights pack). 2 patches of ice about 3 ft long each within about 8 feet of each other on the sharp descent between the lookout and the Long Distance intersection.
Merlin View
Jan 10, 2023 @ 10:22pm
Jan 10, 2023
The climb was perfectly packed snow till the bench and icy from there to the top. Descent was mostly ice with a few packed snow sections.
Long Distance
Jan 10, 2023 @ 9:34pm
Jan 10, 2023
Reconnect to Disconnect this is in GREAT condition save for the Comedy of Errors meadow which is full of drifted snow and line choice is a bit fun. Ice at the lookout and at the one exposed corner just below the lookout. Otherwise nice pack. Could be done without studded tires.
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