Merlin View Details
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 change0 ft
Altitude min4,806 ft
Altitude max1.0 miles
Altitude start4,978 ft
Altitude end4,978 ft
Distance climb1.8 miles
Distance down1.9 miles
Distance flat473 ft
Avg reverse time00:05:34
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Merlin View Trail Reports
May 22, 2017 @ 2:07pm2 days
|Generally in very good shape. a few muddy spots on the climb and several wet seeps on the downhill when riding counter-clockwise.|
May 20, 2017 @ 12:31pmMay 20, 2017
|Plenty of wet spots - take er easy so she doesn't get ripped to shreds. Fun and fast where it's dry!|
May 15, 2017 @ 7:14pmMay 15, 2017
|Dry. A few soft spots and old hard ruts but overall excellent shape.|
May 15, 2017 @ 2:50pmMay 15, 2017
|Good to go for the season, I'd say. Dry but not dusty basically everywhere, with the exception of a couple of minor wet spots and ruts on the...|
May 13, 2017 @ 7:48pmMay 13, 2017
|Most of the wet spots have dried up. Some big ruts where there was mud on the switchbacks.|
Routes with this trail
|Braggin Rights/Merlin/Ranger/Boundry||20.0 miles|
|Braggin Rights and two lopsided of merlin||12.5 miles|
|West Bragg June Ride Plan||9.3 miles|
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