Snowshoe Hare trail at West Bragg Creek

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association has completed the first of its planned new trails at West Bragg. Congratulations! We snowshoed Snowshoe Hare today in balmy 0 to +5°C weather. The new 5.4 km trail starts and finishes at West Bragg parking lot. One trailhead is about half-way along the western section of the parking lot; the other in the northwest corner of the eastern section. The trail is broken and easy to follow, and has been signed for snowshoeing in either direction. There are several short, steep sections which give it a rating of “moderate”. Not recommended for novice snowshoers. Updated November 29.

Snowshoe Hare view

The open ridge shortly after you leave North Bragg trail going clockwise.

In the clockwise direction, the trail climbs steadily to a cutline and along the cutline to a junction with Hostel Loop ski trail and North Bragg Trail. It follows North Bragg for about 600 m, then heads north through open trees, sections of meadow and a scenic ridge descending to a cutline. The trail crosses Telephone Loop to a steeply-descending section of cutline, then loops back to the southeast through mixed terrain with a few short, steep sections, eventually leveling out in a marshy creek area. After crossing the creek, the trail follows an old road past a small pond back to the large meadow that was home to the old hostel. Look for a trail sign in the far southwest corner of the meadow. The trail now head down through open trees to the parking lot.

Snowshoe Hare map

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  • James Huffman Dec 26, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Thanks for the post! Tried the loop on Christmas Eve and really enjoyed it! I’m new to Alberta and hadn’t been to the day use area before.

  • Mike Crape Dec 4, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Thanks for the post, checked out the loop today and it was great. Very nicely placed with a good rolling route all along. Beautiful Day!

  • Bruce Ramsay Nov 29, 2010, 9:51 am

    Hi Tony,

    Thanks for the tip on this trail. I went for a loop on Saturday and it was an awesome outing. I had the trail pretty much to myself, despite all the cars in the parking lot. It was a perfect afternoon.

    Bruce

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