3.8 miles
Distance
704 ft
Climb
-704 ft
Descent
00:46:19
Avg time

Merlin View Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #83 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • 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.

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More Stats for Merlin View bike trail 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
    00:46:19
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:50
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on Jun 13, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (82 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Merlin View Trail Reports

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      Jun 13, 2021 @ 9:16pm
      Jun 13, 2021
      Jun 8, 2021 @ 8:30pm
      Jun 8, 2021
      In Pretty great shape
      Jun 4, 2021 @ 1:34pm
      Jun 4, 2021
      Dry and starting to get a little dusty.
      Jun 3, 2021 @ 8:15am
      Jun 3, 2021
      May 31, 2021 @ 6:05pm
      May 31, 2021
      Tree down about 3.8-4.7 km from trail head (or around 1.65km from start of descent) Be aware and there is room to duck/tuck into the bike to miss...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 154 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,097 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 8,815 rides
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      Photos

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      Dec 30, 2020 @ 5:30pm
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      Feb 22, 2018 @ 4:46pm
      Feb 22, 2018
      659 |
      Jul 30, 2017 @ 5:25pm
      Jul 30, 2017

      Routes with this trail

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      12 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      bigdog48 (Jul 27, 2017 at 20:35)
       Favorite go to trail.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:46)
       best in west bragg
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      airell (Jul 1, 2019 at 12:06)
       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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Bretson10 (Jul 13, 2019 at 19:02)
       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!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      downshift10 (Aug 7, 2019 at 20:49)
       Great trail. Perfect conditions as of aug 2019
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      98teg (Aug 24, 2019 at 21:33)
       Love this trail
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      markusarulius (Sep 20, 2019 at 6:48)
       Perfect conditions, dry and dusty with only a few tiny puddles along the downhill.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      MountainJ4Y (May 15, 2020 at 5:39)
       Some muddy areas, it should dry out by late May 2020
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Jawae (May 16, 2020 at 9:30)
       Trail is 90% dry. Some muddy sections.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Griffink (Aug 7, 2020 at 20:18)
       Amazing trail with a fun flow section. I have rode a bunch here and it is still my favourite trail
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      MyGirlsRock (Dec 6, 2020 at 18:00)
       Just to repeat what has been said, but is incorrect in the description, please ride CCW. Way better and less risk! of injury!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      fisherdac (Apr 14, 2021 at 17:11)
       Best ride in west Bragg. ONLY ride counter clockwise
      [Reply]

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