3.8 miles
704 ft
-704 ft
Avg time

Merlin View Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May - November
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • 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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    0 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,806 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude start
    4,978 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,978 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.8 miles
  • Distance down
    1.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    473 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jan 30, 2017
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Avg: 4.5 (28 votes)

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Merlin View Trail Reports

Jan 30, 2017 @ 8:43am
Jan 30, 2017
Mix of different surfaces: dry dusty dirt, glare water ice, melt freeze snow grains. Rides surprisingly well with fat bike and studs. One...
Nov 7, 2016 @ 4:40pm
Nov 7, 2016
Mostly dry, some definite mud in the usual areas
Nov 4, 2016 @ 1:13pm
Nov 4, 2016
dry except a few puddles. excellent November riding
Oct 28, 2016 @ 1:42pm
Oct 28, 2016
Great conditions, great riding!
Oct 28, 2016 @ 1:38pm
Oct 28, 2016
Great condition! Mud pit has been filled in at the top of Merlin! Get out and ride!
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Dec 19, 2015 @ 4:42pm
Dec 19, 2015
Merlin View, Calgary
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Nov 29, 2015 @ 7:17pm
Nov 29, 2015
Merlin View, Calgary

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Routes with this trail

Braggin Rights/Merlin/Ranger/Boundry
20.0 miles
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