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.
The “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.