Here are two snowshoe trips from West Bragg that makes use of a section of the new Ranger Summit Loop being constructed by the The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association linking Gardners Loop (formerly Loggers Loop) across the top of Ranger Hill to the Tom Snow trail. At present, you have to use ski trailsfor the start and finish of these trips, though a separate, more direct links are planned.
Ranger Hill Viewpoint
Try this easy 6.6 km snowshoe trip that leads to a viewpoint part-way up Ranger Ridge. Our preferred route is to head up to Crystal Line from the parking lot, then along Crystal Line to Gardners, which is followed to the start of Ranger Summit Loop (red flagging near the highpoint of Gardners). If you come to an obvious creek, you have gone too far. A steady climb leads in 1 km to a good viewpoint. A great place for lunch on a sunny day. Return the way you came to Gardners and turn right, following Gardners to Sundog and back down Sundog to the parking lot.
Ranger Summit Loop
Yesterday we made a larger loop of 9 km, shown in blue on the map, by continuing up Ranger Summit Loop onto the ridge and over the top of Ranger Hill using the mountain biking trail, Strange Brew, which comes out on Elbow Trail 400 m south of Sundog Loop. This takes in the majority of the future Ranger Summit Loop. Shortly before reaching the ridge there is a section of deadfall that has not been cleared. We cut up to the ridge here (see shortcut on map). Follow the ridge (blue flagging) to where the new Bobcat Trail heads down the SW side (trees with bands of flagging). You are now on the bike trail, Strange Brew, that winds its way down to Elbow Trail. We had no difficulty following the trail without using out GPS receiver. At the end of the ridge, before you start the descent, are two sun-facing rock seats.
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