4 miles
Distance
889 ft
Climb
-444 ft
Descent
00:43:19
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
  • 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
    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
    00:43:19
  • Avg reverse time
    00:43:39
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Status:
on Apr 5, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to snowy-owl trailhead (50.947890, -114.694650)
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Snowy Owl Trail Reports

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Apr 5, 2018 @ 9:02pm
Apr 5, 2018
Mar 24, 2018 @ 2:26pm
Mar 24, 2018
Mar 21, 2018 @ 8:32pm
Mar 21, 2018
Rode late in day - very soft and slushy with narrow track and deep snow to sides in open areas with sun. Awesome hard pack in the trees.
Mar 18, 2018 @ 3:25pm
Mar 18, 2018
Mar 17, 2018 @ 11:00am
Mar 17, 2018
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Mar 26, 2018 @ 8:43am
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Snowy Owl, Calgary
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Snowy Owl, My City
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Mar 25, 2018 @ 3:03pm
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Snowy Owl, My City
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Jan 8, 2016 @ 6:15am
Jan 8, 2016
| 1 comments Snowy Owl, Bragg Creek

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