4 miles
Distance
704 ft
Climb
-704 ft
Descent
00:38:59
Avg time

Merlin View Details

  • Riding Area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #83 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
    2014
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

Built in 2014, Merlin View followed the successful build of Bobcat the previous year and it shares the same trademark features: consistent grades for easier climbing and flowing descents, sweeping bermed corners, rollers, bumps & table-tops. It has some good views too but you're likely to be too engaged by the trail to notice!

Easily accessed from the trailhead via Braggin' Rights, Merlin View is a loop that can be ridden in either direction and combines seamlessly with Braggin' Rights to create a fairly easy & shortish (14km) ride. You could also add Merlin to the traditional Northern Flow loop (15km) for some extra climbing. Choosing to ride Merlin View counter-clockwise gives you the shorter (2km, 9%) climb and the longer (3km, 6%) descent.

From the Braggin' Rights / Reconnect junction head west into the long meadow / cut-line and turn right to begin the climb (if you're riding counter-clockwise). The trail follows this cut-line for the next kilometre, snaking back and forth through the trees on either side, until it reaches a big meadow. There a bench made from boulders offers a chance for a rest at this mid-point on the climb and you can take in the views to the south & east.

The trail then enters the trees and after a short rock-armoured section it climbs to the summit before following the ridge for 500m. It dips briefly and crests another minor summit before the descent begins for real - and it continues for the next 3km!

The descent is punctuated by all sorts of berms & bumps etc. to add to the fun, but there's nothing that interrupts the flow or demands advanced riding skills.

Eventually the trail emerges into a meadow / cut-line again, and finally climbs (via one switchback in the trees) up the cut-line back to the Braggin' Rights junction. Take the right turn there to return directly to the trailhead.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Merlin View bike trail
  • Altitude change
    0 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,806 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,386 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,978 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,978 ft
  • Grade
    0.001%
  • Grade max
    -43.27%
  • Grade min
    59.398%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    473 ft
  • Avg time
    00:38:59
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:42
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Status:
on Dec 13, 2018
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 4.55 (58 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to merlin-view trailhead (50.959030, -114.725330)
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Merlin View Trail Reports

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Dec 13, 2018 @ 11:06am
2 days
A few large trees down across the trail right up through the Merlin View loop. We removed about 5 trees but with the windstorm today more might...
Dec 8, 2018 @ 7:18am
Dec 8, 2018
Dec 7, 2018 @ 12:11pm
Dec 7, 2018
Trail was in great shape for fatbiking. Did see a couple of brave souls on regular tires.
Nov 11, 2018 @ 3:33pm
Nov 11, 2018
Trail is in great fat bike shape. Not so great skinny bike shape. Did see one 27.5 bike peddling up. About 1/2” snow on trail.
Oct 21, 2018 @ 11:16am
Oct 21, 2018
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Photos

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23 |
Oct 22, 2018 @ 1:29pm
Oct 22, 2018
Merlin View, Calgary
10 |
Sep 8, 2018 @ 2:32pm
Sep 8, 2018
Merlin View, Calgary
174 |
Feb 22, 2018 @ 4:46pm
Feb 22, 2018
Merlin View, Calgary
213 |
Jul 30, 2017 @ 5:25pm
Jul 30, 2017
Merlin View, My City

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag bigdog48 (Jul 27, 2017 at 20:35)
 Favorite go to trail.
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  • + 1
flag binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:46)
 best in west bragg
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