4 miles
Distance
889 ft
Climb
-444 ft
Descent
00:45:17
Avg time

Snowy Owl Details

  • Riding Area
    West Bragg Creek
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Winter only trail
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Winter
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #34021 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    2.224%
  • Grade max
    -23.383%
  • Grade min
    24.075%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,141 ft
  • Avg time
    00:45:17
  • Avg reverse time
    00:43:39
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Status:
on Mar 13, 2019
Snow Packed
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Snowy Owl Trail Reports

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      Mar 13, 2019 @ 7:06pm
      Mar 13, 2019
      Mar 12, 2019 @ 7:03pm
      Mar 12, 2019
      Riding in snowfall, trails had ice underneath but were covered with a thick now base - soft
      Mar 9, 2019 @ 8:22pm
      Mar 9, 2019
      Trail is in great condition. Packed down pretty good for the most part.
      Jan 31, 2019 @ 8:21pm
      Jan 31, 2019
      Jan 6, 2019 @ 12:50pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      Short Loop Section covered in patches of dirt, hard packed snow)
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