The newest trail at West Bragg is a big hit. Supposedly a multi use trail, there is no question it was built as a mountain bike trail with its banked corners and mini undulations beloved by bikers. It’s a 6.2 km loop converging on a treed hilltop (rustic table and stumps), with a couple of viewpoints and benches along the way.
We went anti-clockwise on the advice of the bikers (bad advice for walkers), the reason being, as we found out, is that bikers get to enjoy a tremendous downhill run on the west leg. Met only one biker going clockwise, the rest — I stopped counting after 100 — going the same way as us, forcing us to step off the trail how many times? We got a bit uptight on that west leg, envisaging bloody pileups as bikers hurtled down one after the other with no chance of stopping on a dime. They were all terribly polite as they passed by in a blur. “Thank you”, “thank you” was their mantra. Someone even slowed down to ask if I was OK, thinking I had fallen off my bike. It was then I got a touch of the old fogies. Has the age of walkers at West Bragg now passed? We were the only hikers on this trail, or on ANY trail it seemed. We didn’t meet another foot traveller until nearing the parking lot on Braggin Rights and he was a runner with a dog.
I advise walking this trail clockwise on weekends or better still clockwise on weekdays before 5 pm. Could be good as a winter walk, though the latest fad is snowbiking. Note: It is 3.6 km each way along Braggin Rights from West Bragg parking to the start of the loop for a round trip of 13.4 km.