4 miles
Distance
704 ft
Climb
-704 ft
Descent
00:32:08
Avg time

Merlin View Details

  • Riding area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - November
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #67
  • 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 mountain 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
    00:32:08
  • Avg reverse time
    00:04:39
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on Sep 17, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (45 votes)

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Merlin View Trail Reports

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Sep 17, 2017 @ 1:21pm
3 days
all good to go
Sep 16, 2017 @ 4:58pm
Sep 16, 2017
Excellent riding condition. Unaffected by rain
Sep 6, 2017 @ 9:11am
Sep 6, 2017
Aug 20, 2017 @ 12:38pm
Aug 20, 2017
Aug 17, 2017 @ 8:43pm
Aug 17, 2017
Traffic jams everywhere, so many people early evening
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1 Review & Comments

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flag bigdog48 Plus (Jul 27, 2017 at 20:35)
 Favorite go to trail.
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