Explore the most popular birding trails in West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely beautiful single track trails! Fairly gradual elevation gain and a real joy to run!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Well maintained trail. NOT difficult - I would rate this as EASY. It's a walk, really.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike
I think it’s easier if you start to the left at the trail head, steeper climb but easier than walking down it!

on Telephone Trail

horseback riding
1 month ago

By horseback this is a great trail, lots of changes in terrain and amazing views. We came across a few bikes, but it's a longer trip so often we're alone on the trails.

This elevation gain is very gradual in both directions, made for an easy hike. tons of mountain bikers so you have to keep your ears open. There is some nice partial views but no real spot to sit and enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike, agree with another reviewer that there’s no real peak to climb too but a nice hike nonetheless. We did it with three kids (4,6,7) with minimal difficulty. Lots of mountain bikers. Trails are very well marked.

on Strange Brew

hiking
2 months ago

I think this trail is great or meh depends on what you seek for. I love seeing flowers and nice views so it was not for me. There was no great scenic point, there was no “we arrived!!” achieved feeling. Trail is mostly shaded by trees and very nice clean paths,good signs and generally very pretty place but if you are looking for breathtaking moment like me, you can pass this trail. It is still great for hiking with dogs, trail run or mountain biking.

hiking
2 months ago

Busy with mountain bikes but riders were very courteous. Lots of inclines with mostly downhill on the descent.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike- the first half is a climb, for sure, but once you reach the summit, it’s a nice rolling downhill. Did it with three teens, 3 dogs and some old men (haha- they’re only 50 but have bad knees) We all agreed we’d happily do it again.
Lots off mountain bikers- 99.3% of them were super polite.

Great trail and followed advice to take White Tail for first section up which was quite easy going.. A really decent challenge for new MTBers and a great rest point at Merlin’s Chair..

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great loop! Nice and flowy! I do this once a week on a weekday morning (Zero crowds at this time). The trail is getting pretty rocky and rooted right now from people riding it in wet conditions. The downhill part of Merlin’s is in great condition. Took 1h10m with a few breaks.

Great trail. Took us 4 hours to complete with a 20
Minute stop for lunch. You have to pay attention on the backside of Merlin as the bikers come down quick so you’ll need to be ready to move.

horseback riding
2 months ago

We've taken telephone to both Snowshoe Hare and Hostel and found all to be good well marked moderate trails with beautiful scenery.
We have found going later in the day (on weekends) is better for our horses as there are fewer cyclists. (My horse is terrified of them as the first encounter with a cyclist here also included his labradoodle bounding out of the trees barking at us and bouncing wildly) - but all of the cyclists including that one have been extremely kindly in slowing down or stopping as we ask to pass safely. FYI Dogs are allowed off leash deeper into the trail.
There is a fair amount of traffic during the day (weekends) (but by no means, crowded) but everyone is very friendly and conscientious.

hiking
2 months ago

Pleasant hike. Not too steep so it's easy to keep a steady pace. Stayed at 'fat-burning' (heart rate) zone the entire time. Great workout. Took us 5.5 hrs from start to finish and that includes a 20-30 min snack break. We took Telephone Trail up and Long Distance trail down.

There are a few areas where you can look down at the valley. No marked look-out or spectacular views. But there's something about being in nature, surrounded by greenery that always does the heart some good.

Only saw one couple starting the hike as we finished; the rest were all mountain bikers. We went early and except for the few bikers that passed us as we started and ended our hike, we were mostly alone throughout.

Very busy trail but a fantastic Mountain biking loop.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike with my 14 and 15 yr old. It's a very very manageable hike with kids and some spots with nice rolling hills. Not too much climbing and some beautiful views towards Elbow once you do climb up a bit. We even ran into a bear about 10-15 feet off the track eating from some kind of bush! We had a bear bell jingling and were talking loud but there he was when we came around the corner. He didn't seem too concerned about us, foraged a bit longer, and then leisurely made his way the other way. We were glad we had bear spray and whistles, etc, even though we didn't need to use them.
The nice beginnings of wildflower season up there too.

Such a fun trail to do. Ride Merlin counter clock wise for a smooth fast downhill. Very busy trail so keep you eyes open especially on Baggin Rights. But yeah, go do it!

4 months ago

Did this hike today with my 11 yr old. Great and fun hike. Mostly mtn bikers, but surpisingly polite. Loads of families. Boundary Ridge to Strange Brew to Ranger Summit Loop worked out well. Taking Ranger first would be pretty steep. Two hours up, 1 hour down, half an hour for lunch. 1 main vista with a couple of other nice views. The amount of signage was the best I've seen. Lots of criss cross trails so you can make it longer or shorter. Will definitely do again. Lots of off leash dogs, througout trail. Most well behaved. I wouldnt take a younger child on this hike for this reason. Aside from that perfect!

4 months ago

Nice easy trail, but lots of mountain bikes. Be prepared to move out of the way often.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice little loop to take my kids on

mountain biking
4 months ago

Epic MTB trail in winter and summer. Local favourite for bikers as strange brew has a super wicked descent.
Local bears frequent during the season, always carry bear spray. Cougars nearby as well season long.

Well maintained. Relatively easy trial. Moderate climbs.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trails, love that my pups can be off leash!
Great hike took Ranger summit up and came back down with Strange Brew trail.
Took about 2 hours (Can take longer if you complete the full loop)

We did Telephone Trail up to Long Distance trail and took that down to Reconnect and ended with Braggin Rights. Took us about 4 hours 45 minutes including stopping for a break for about 20 ish minutes.
The ground was soft in places and icy/snowy in others but overall it was pretty dry.

hiking
5 months ago

Was on the trail for 2 km to use between sugar momma and sugar daddy. Good switchbacks.

hiking
5 months ago

Went today and left the snowshoes in the car. Trail was well packed and with fresh snowfall there was no issues with mud or water as they warn about this late in the year.

A nice pretty walk. Not difficult but enough up and down that you still feel like you got a bit of a work out in.

hiking
6 months ago

A pleasant walk in the woods.

hiking
6 months ago

A good steady easy hike. I quite enjoyed this one. Lots of snow on ground but trail packed down and easily walkable. A couple spots to stop and have a light lunch. Ample parking lot.

March 27
• ~4hrs to complete. With the snow getting quite slushy I took a little longer than I think I would've been if it had been summer
• The recorded Trail on here is a little deceiving. On the way back instead of continuing to follow Telephone [South], it loops you back up through a connecting trail. I followed that one, which was good as I don't think there would've been any views continuing Telephone
• Bring LOTS of water, even for the winter. I wasn't thinking and only brought 25oz. Come summer I'd probably bring 50oz plus the bladder considering there are several unshaded points.
• Would've been nicer with company. A few points felt a bit long. Would not do again during the winter.

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