New West Bragg–Elbow Valley Maps

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association has released two maps showing the conglomeration of trails around West Bragg including the new trails constructed over the past couple of years. The new trails, some of which are still under construction, are “multi-use” trails intended for walking, biking, snowshoeing and equestrian. These trails have been designed with biking in mind, and hikers will sometimes wonder about the way they have been routed. I’m sure that over time some hiking specific short-cuts will be trod in. Hopefully this does not lead to trail fragmentation. There are no new ski trails, though the pesky creek on Loggers is now bridged.

WBC North RGBThe “North” map shows Moose and Telephone loops and all the currently-approved trails in between. Of interest are Long Distance, a new trail from Mountain Road to the north end of Telephone, and Merlin View that takes in the ridges between Telephone and Moose Loop.

The “South” map extends south to the Elbow Valley and west to Tom Snow trail. Note the new start to Ranger Summit Loop and the possibility of completing a loop (the former Ranger Summit Loop) by using Ranger Summit, Strange Brew and finishing down the northern section of Boundary Ridge. A glaring omission on this map is Sugar Momma, a well-established mountain bike trail that parallels the northern side of Fullerton and connects with Ranger Summit Trail.With the plethora of trails in this area I can see no good reason why Kananaskis Country did not approve this trail.

WBC South RGB

 

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  • stella Jan 2, 2012, 7:06 pm

    Hi Steve, the website for Sustain Kananaskis is SustainK.ca.

  • Steve Riggs Dec 29, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Here is the info put out by Sustain Kananaskis-
    https://picasaweb.google.com/steveandjoriggs/Biking2011

  • Gillean Daffern Dec 29, 2011, 1:10 pm

    The notice re the open house will go up on the blog about a week before the event. See you all there?

  • thepassionatehiker Dec 28, 2011, 8:28 pm

    To Steve’s point, I just happened to take a picture of a poster which I saw today at Station Flats parking area in the Elbow Valley. It is titled “Have a Voice” and is issued by “Sustain Kananaskis” and it provides a lot of info about the clear cutting in 2012. It mentions an open house in Bragg Creek on 26 January and gives various email addresses to contact. This might be a good place to start?

    Not sure I can attach a photo to this comment?

  • Steve Riggs Dec 28, 2011, 7:17 pm

    Too bad that clearcutting in 2012 will probably obliterate a substantial portion of the new network, as well as negatively affecting some existing ski trails.
    I could rant for a while about this, but perhaps it is time for an article in Kananaskis Blog to help raise awareness?

  • thepassionatehiker Dec 28, 2011, 6:08 pm

    I was up on the lower slopes of Moose Mountain today, on a circuit up the closed road, right on MoosePackers and back to Hwy 66 along Tom Snow and Elbow Valley Trail (quite a long circuit!). I noticed a lot of new signs erected since my last trip up there, and they were very useful. In particular, Ridgeback and Tom Snow trails intersect several times, and the signs were very helpful in keeping me on track. This might be quite fun in summer with speeding bikers meeting hikers/horseback riders at these various intersections. It would be good if the West Bragg Creek Trails (south) map could be extended a small amount west and south to show how the Moosepackers Trail ties in (west) and what happens around Station Flats and Hwy 66 at the south end of Tom Snow.

  • Southern Alberta Trail Maps Dec 27, 2011, 11:46 am

    Looks like they might have been a bit premature issuing the maps. I went there today and found a lot of “Trail Closed – Under Construction” signs.

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