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
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on Jan 14, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 4.55 (44 votes)

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Merlin View Trail Reports

Jan 14, 2018 @ 5:17pm
2 days
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...
Jan 2, 2018 @ 6:09pm
Jan 2, 2018
CCW (as always) lap today. Climb was narrow but nicely packed. Descent had some gnarly ruts but with some good stretches of easy going. Studs not...
Dec 21, 2017 @ 8:14am
Dec 21, 2017
From GBCTA: Soft 18" wide groomed tread... Watch for ICY patches under the snow
Dec 17, 2017 @ 11:29am
Dec 17, 2017
Climbing up has lots of ice but past the open clearing is very dry with small amounts of ice
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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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