3.8 miles
Distance
571 ft
Climb
-581 ft
Descent
00:47:05
Avg time

Merlin View Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (5 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #105 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #2107 in E-Biking
    • #7747 in Trail Running
    • #7687 in Hiking
    • #336 in Horseback
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in E-Biking
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • Year Opened
    2014
  • Land Owner
    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 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -10 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,880 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,447 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,975 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,964 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -49.5%
  • Grade min
    56.5%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    528 ft
  • Avg time
    00:47:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:48:19
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on Feb 21, 2024
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      Merlin View Trail Reports

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      Feb 21, 2024 @ 3:41am
      Feb 21, 2024
      Excellent condition for fat biking with studs for most, some mud spots starting to show.
      Feb 19, 2024 @ 11:16am
      Feb 19, 2024
      Some wet, mud spots
      Feb 2, 2024 @ 3:16pm
      Feb 2, 2024
      Better than expected, predominantly mud with sections and of ice/slush.
      Jan 31, 2024 @ 5:36am
      Jan 31, 2024
      Only snow/ice up to the rock couch, then mix of mud and ice the rest of the way - even early in the am.
      Jan 26, 2024 @ 12:54pm
      Jan 26, 2024
      As good as it gets for a fatbike! Counterclockwise and finished on West Crystal.
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      • 24 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 11 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Feb 25, 2024

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