Trail Volunteers have been busy

Friends of Kananaskis Country has completed a record season of construction, improvements and maintenance of trails. Volunteers worked a total of 2,414 hours during 51 trail days under 19 trained crew leaders. Of note were improvements to the High Rockies Trail, the brushing out of 5 km of new winter trails in the Chester Sawmill area, construction of another work-intensive 700 metres of the new connector trail to Razor’s Edge Trail and improvements to Prairie Creek Trail. Six days were spent on projects in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. 

Friends of Kananaskis have cleared the trail on the north side of the Mount Murray Viewpoint.

The folks at West Bragg—the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA)—have been making incremental improvements to their trail system. A snowshoe/fat bike trail has been constructed along the west leg of Moose Loop to keep snowshoers and bikers off the ski trail, as well as maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the existing trail network.

A bridge on the new snowshoe/fat bike trail along Moose Loop.

The Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society (MMBTS) have been busy building a new jump trail at an undisclosed location — it’s still a construction zone — and rebuilding a terrain feature on Jean Guy trail, as well as general trail maintenance.

The piles of dirt have now been incorporated into the construction. Photo: MMBTS

With the recent budget cuts to government services and the planned reduction in staff we will be relying on volunteer trail groups to maintain trails on Parks and Public Lands. Hopefully we will be able to avoid the complete lack of maintenance after the Klein era cuts.

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  • Alf Skrastins Nov 2, 2019, 1:05 pm

    A couple of updates on the new single-track trail along Moose Loop at West Bragg Creek.
    The new trail is now complete between the north end of Old Shell Road and northbound Tom Snow trail. The trail is on the east/north half of Moose Loop and connects with the the bottom of West Telephone and the lower part of Merlin View trail. It is a year-round multi-user trail that is meant for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, snowshoers and fat-bikers. This is a part of the “Great Trail”, so it was important to make this into an enjoyable all-season trail.
    The snow will be packed for fat-biking this winter and will provide non-skiers with access to northbound Tom Snow trail.
    The plan for 2020 is to upgrade Tom Snow north of Moose Loop and complete the connection with Kestrel. This will re-open Tom Snow all the way to the Sibbald area and create a wonderful loop that incorporates Kestrel and Merlin View.

    The Moose Loop XC ski trail has also been upgraded over the summer, by adding better drainage to prevent ice-flows and levelling the side-hill sections and sharp dips that were hard to track set.

  • davebloggs Oct 29, 2019, 5:03 am

    Nice work I have to say the bragg creek trails are some of the best around for sure. I spend quite a lot of time clearing and marking trails and enjoy doing so . every little bit helps .

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