4 miles
704 ft
-704 ft
Avg time

Merlin View Details

  • Riding area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • 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.

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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    473 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Mar 11, 2018
Avg: 4.6 (45 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to merlin-view trailhead (50.959030, -114.725330)
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Merlin View Trail Reports

Mar 11, 2018 @ 1:51pm
Mar 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 @ 8:49am
Feb 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 @ 1:12pm
Feb 19, 2018
Jan 14, 2018 @ 5:17pm
Jan 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 @ 10:06am
Jan 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...
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Dec 17, 2017 @ 7:54pm
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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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