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
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on May 22, 2017
Avg: 4.55 (30 votes)

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Merlin View Trail Reports

May 22, 2017 @ 2:07pm
2 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 @ 12:31pm
May 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 @ 7:14pm
May 15, 2017
Dry. A few soft spots and old hard ruts but overall excellent shape.
May 15, 2017 @ 2:50pm
May 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 @ 7:48pm
May 13, 2017
Most of the wet spots have dried up. Some big ruts where there was mud on the switchbacks.
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Routes with this trail

Braggin Rights/Merlin/Ranger/Boundry
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