4 miles
889 ft
-444 ft
Avg time

Snowy Owl Details

  • Riding area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
  • Winter only trail
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

This is a multi-use trail used by snowshoers, hikers and cyclists in winter. Please yield to non-cyclists.

The trail begins just west of the parking lot along the Mountain Road - look for the snowshoe/fatbike symbols on the steel posts. The doubletrack trail parallels the Mountain Road for a while, with a couple of exit points along the way. The trail crosses Bragg Creek by going over the bridge, and then meets the north end of Snowy Shortcut. Continuing on Snowy Owl will put you into the trees and brush before popping out again at a cattle guard on Mountain Road.

From here, the trail turns hard up a steep slope and back into the trees. Bumping along, you will climb out of the forest and into a series of cutblocks before dropping back into the trees on the way to Ranger Summit and Strange Brew. With fresh or drifted snow, the track may be difficult to follow - look for the steel posts with the orange blazes that mark the trail.

This trail is best when there is enough snowpack to cover up the stubs of alders and fill in some of the low spots. Without the snow, it's a rougher ride than most of the area trails.

Access Info

Access from the west side via Strange Brew. Access to East end via Mountain Road off West end of Parking lot.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Snowy Owl mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    446 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,629 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,095 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,629 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,074 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,141 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 17, 2017
Snow Packed
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Snowy Owl Trail Reports

Nov 17, 2017 @ 8:48am
Nov 17, 2017
In great shape. Packed snow and no ice to speak of
Mar 10, 2017 @ 5:23pm
Mar 10, 2017
Great shape right now Warm weather in the forecast so enjoy it will you can
Jan 18, 2017 @ 6:24pm
Jan 18, 2017
Glazed/slippery hardpack in the middle of the trail, unconsolidated snow on the sides. Watch your line. :D Studded tires would be a really good idea.
Dec 21, 2016 @ 4:28pm
Dec 21, 2016
Snow pack is low, but it's low everywhere, so no surprise there. No ice, which is nice.
Feb 8, 2016 @ 8:38am
Feb 8, 2016
Snow pack is really low. Most of the trail is really icy.
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Jan 8, 2016 @ 6:15am
Jan 8, 2016
| 1 comments Snowy Owl, Bragg Creek

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