West Bragg Parking Upgrade Underway

Construction has started today on the much needed enlargement of the West Bragg parking area. The area will be closed until April 1st, then parking will be limited during the main construction period construction to 80-90 parking spots. The majority of the work will be completed by June 30th, with a small amount of work done in the Fall. There may be occasional closures, so check with Alberta Parks Advisories before heading out.

The new parking area will have 475 parking spots, 2 dedicated bus parking spots and 8 pull-through equestrion parking lanes. For more information see the Alberta Parks website.

To view a larger version of the plan click on the plan above.

Alberta Parks encourages trail users to explore other areas during the construction period. You can access the West Bragg Creek trail system from Allen Bill Day Use and Fullerton Day Use in the Elbow Valley, along Highway 66. They also encourage experienced downhill mountain bike riders to explore the Moose Mountain Area. Unfortunately, the Moose Mountain Road does not open until May 15th—maybe they will open it earlier this year if conditions permit?

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  • Alf Skrastins May 3, 2017, 12:47 pm

    Earth moving is currently in progress at the West Bragg Creek parking lot, so the parking lot is closed and the access road is barricaded just past the cattle guard at the entrance to K-Country. There is a small amount of parking available at the barricade. The parking lot is closed this week (May 1-5) and again next week (May 8-12). The parking lot will be open for the May 6-7 weekend, but parking space may be limited. The construction wraps up each day about 5pm and it is safe to access the trails after that.
    However, the trails are mostly in wet/muddy condition and there are still significant snow and ice patches on the XC ski trails. You can help prevent trail damage by avoiding biking or riding on the trails, until they have had a chance to dry out. South facing trails, like the ridge half of Fullerton Loop, Sugar Mama, Sugar Daddy, Snagmore and Bobcat will dry out the fastest. You can access all of these trails from Highway #66 (Allen Bill trailhead).

  • Tony Daffern Apr 27, 2017, 9:53 am

    An update on parking lot closure from Alf:
    The April 25-28 parking lot closure has been postponed for a week. There has been too much snowfall to allow some of the heavy construction to occur this week. The WBC parking lot and access road will be closed from 8am-4pm from May 1-5. You will be able to access the trails after 4pm.
    The recent snowfall has made the all-season trails very soft and wet, so hiking, biking and horseback riding is not recommended until the trails dry out. On the ski trails, there is still enough snow for skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking.

  • Alf Skrastins Apr 23, 2017, 3:06 pm

    The WBC parking lot will be closed from April 25-28, as there will be heavy machinery working and moving around in the parking lot. Trails are currently wet and muddy, with lingering patches of snow and ice. They are easily damaged at this stage, so it is best to stay away from the trails, until they have had a chance to dry out a bit.

  • Alf Skrastins Apr 3, 2017, 8:30 pm

    For some reason, Alberta Parks has not updated their Advisories about WBC. The WBC parking lot will remain closed from April 3-6. Trees have been felled in preparation of the parking lot expansion, but those trees need to be limbed, cut-up and hauled away, before the area is safe for public access.
    Best to use the new Fullerton Trailhead (across Highway 66 from the former Allen Bill Pond), to access the south half of the WBC trail network.

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