New West Bragg Trails

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association is well on its way to fulfilling their goal of completing construction of 45 km of new trails in the West Bragg Creek area by the end of this season.

So far, about 41 km of trails have been flagged and roughly cleared and with about 30 km of that cleared to the 5’ wide by 10’ high standard. The construction of the tread surface has started with a combination of hand-build construction and work with a track-hoe machine. Several kilometers of tread have been completed, so far.

Hand tread

Section of new trail with tread built by hand

If you are interested in helping with the trail construction, there are volunteer work parties scheduled for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, throughout the summer. The work parties run from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Please arrive at 9:45 to get organized and attend the safety talk.

Trac hoe tread

Tread was prepared by a track-hoe

Much of the work involves clearing trees, deadfall, rocks and debris from the trail routes. Come prepared for any weather and always bring rain gear, just in case. Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy boots, gloves and eye protection. Bring lunch, water and insect repellent. Tools are provided, but if you wish to bring your own tools, you can bring pruning shears, folding tree limbing or pruning saws or a bow-saw. Chainsaws will not be used on volunteer days.

There is a special need for a volunteer bridge construction leader to help install several bridges. Parks staff will provide bridge construction training.

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Rod Saville at least 12 hours before the day you wish to volunteer.
e-mail rsaville@barrick-energy.com, or phone 403-513-2451 (office), 403-990-7637 cell

Eric Lloyd of the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association says ” We have sufficient funding in place to complete most of the new summer trails this year, however we still need additional funding to complete all 45 km of trails.”

Donations of money are also welcome and you can help the GBCTA earn $25,000 at Shell’s Fuelling Change project.

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