Stick-it

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.

It’s an unofficial trail (Now official and re-named Sugar Daddy) made by those who cannot be named that 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.

Stick It-Sugar Momma Hor

The top part of the trail approaching Strange Brew

The mid section of the trail

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.

Elbow-Fullerton Gate

The new gate on the Elbow/Fullerton approach.

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  • GMJ Oct 3, 2015, 7:20 pm

    Well, I hope nobody badmouths this trail as “unsustainable”.

  • Steve Riggs Sep 28, 2015, 9:43 pm

    ” 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….”
    Oh, it’s a bike trail too- but of the “old school” variety as opposed to modern fast and smooth “flow trails” such as Merlin. It’s equally as much fun to descend on a bike though, and hikers should expect to meet a fair number of riders (who are hopefully aware of others too) going in either direction, as Stick-it also offers a somewhat gentler line of ascent compared to Sugar Mama. A popular bike route incorporates Ridgeback 1 and 2, Bobcat, upper Strange Brew, Stick-it, Snagmore and a bit of Elbow, with a warmup on Hwy. 66, for a fun moderate hour and a half loop.

  • GMJ Sep 28, 2015, 5:47 pm

    I agree, it’s a great trail. I haven’t walked the whole thing, but we mapped the first bit off Elbow trail on the orienteering map back in May when they were first working on it in time for a meet a few days later. We followed it up to the edge of the map, than cut down a gully avec willow brush to check on a control spot…don’t try that! Not like there’s any reason to.
    That was before it connected to Snagmore. Where does the connector go? Does it follow the cutline opposite the junction with Elbow?

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