Merlin View Details
Riding areaWest Bragg Creek
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Bike typeAM, XC
SeasonMay - November
TTFs on trailBridge, Jump
Land ManagerAlberta 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 change0 ft
Altitude min4,806 ft
Altitude max5,386 ft
Altitude start4,978 ft
Altitude end4,978 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat473 ft
Avg reverse time00:04:42
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Merlin View Trail Reports
Mar 11, 2018 @ 1:51pmMar 11, 2018
|Some soft snow and slushy sections but almost all ridable and was fun with 4.8”/studded. No studs/fat bike should work. Winter trail was better...|
Feb 26, 2018 @ 8:49amFeb 26, 2018
|Excellent if ridden ccw until you get to the meadow leading up to the chair. Then it's about 20% rutted. After the chair it's about the same all...|
Feb 19, 2018 @ 1:12pmFeb 19, 2018
Jan 14, 2018 @ 5:17pmJan 14, 2018
|Rode this Saturday. Climb (East side)was in good shape. Descent was pretty good. Recent light snow helped cover some icy bits. A couple slushy...|
Jan 3, 2018 @ 10:06amJan 3, 2018
|The uphill section was pretty good, but a bit narrow and deep off the trail. If you veer off the trail your tire is instantly grabbed and it's...|
Routes with this trail
|Braggin Rights/Merlin/Ranger/Boundry||20 miles|
|Braggin Rights and two lopsided of merlin||12 miles|
|West Bragg June Ride Plan||9 miles|
|Calgary Cycle Frozen Rodeo 5th Edition - Long Loop||12 miles|