There’s a beaut of a new trail in the West Bragg/Elbow trail system. No, not Snakes and Ladders — it’s not yet open.
Now official and re-named Sugar Daddy, made by those who cannot be named, it runs from Snagmore to Strange Brew on the lower east summit of Ranger Hill. I really like it as a hiking trail because it exhibits none of the rather annoying characteristics of a bike trail (Merlin View being a prime example): banked corners, rollers, double rollers, table-top rollers and the like. This is a superbly routed trail along a ridge that is a pleasure to walk both up and down. When we were there a large school party that had come up Strange Brew from West Bragg parking lot was about to head down Stick-it to Elbow trail and Allen Bill parking lot. So it’s an extremely useful trail that can be used in a great many loops. We started on Elbow trail, did a quick check of the bit connecting to Snagmore, then climbed Stick-it to Strange Brew, continued on to Ranger Hill and returned via Bobcat and Sugar Momma to Elbow trail, a distance of 12.4 km discounting the connecting bit.
Incidentally, a huge improvement has been made to Elbow/Fullerton trail by the rerouting of the trail and the entrenching of that pesky little creek that always overflowed near the fence gate.