Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Awesome hike, pups had a great time being able to run and explore off leash.
We went at 1PM on Monday during the long weekend and it was actually nice and only a few bikers passed by. Definitely will go again! We took Ranger Summit up and Strange Brew down.
Strange Brew was a little soggy / muddy through the grassy areas

1 day 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.

18 days ago

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

27 days 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.

1 month ago

A pleasant walk in the woods.

1 month 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.

cross country skiing
1 month ago

Hello All Trails.

"The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October."

Actually this trail is highly used as a popular x country ski trail all winter long. It is maintained by a group of local hard working volunteers and the generous donations of those who use it. It's one of the best well maintained short x country ski trails 45 minutes from Calgary.

This trail is an intermediate level for those who've x country skied and would not recommend for those who are new to skiing.

Yesterday I had one of the best spring skis on this trail in near perfect weather and snow conditions with our later spring. Great to be able to ski as late as 6pm with the house of longer daylight.

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.

definitely needed snow shoes today (17th Mar 2018). Nice hike through trees. we went anti clockwise and it felt like it was uphill all the way! if you can find the trail to go clockwise from the car park that might seem a bit easier. Definately a hike thats worth the effort though

Nice short hike/snowshoe. No big mountain views. Didn’t need snowshoes (ironically) route packed down. Go early to avoid crowds on weekends.

Great hike

3 months ago

Great for beginners. It was snowing when we started and it was beautiful!

3 months ago

We went counter-clockwise up Ranger Summit then down along Strange Brew/Boundary Ridge. Despite recent heavy snow, the trail was icy in several spots and the snow was thin in tree-covered areas. Lots of roots and rocks that took away from an otherwise enjoyable trek. Signage wasn't great to get onto the trail but very clear once you're there. Less traffic than the north side trails in this area but still fairly popular.

3 months ago

Great starter trail, family friendly. We went counterclockwise starting at the parking lot - first half is more uphill than second but nothing too much for first-timers. Quieter than the other nearby trails though still a bit busy.

4 months ago

5 months ago

too icy to walk even with poles and crampons on November 29th so we picked a more sun exposed trail

6 months ago

Great way to spend 3-4 hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon afternoon. Trail is well maintained and well marked. Only complaint is there were not that many viewpoints, otherwise well worth it.

10 months ago

The parking lot is a disaster and is not very well labeled so we had to wander around a it to find this trail.
There are lots of maps along the way once you get started though which was helpful. Lots of trails in the area so definitely keep checking in with those maps!
We did Boundary Ridge-Strange Brew-Ranger Summit. The trail was nice and it was enjoyable but the views weren't anything spectacular. There weren't many hikers and mostly just mountain bikers.
It seems like Bragg Creek area is more for mountain biking than hiking.

Nice trail for an easy walk in the woods. Great for fat bike in winter!

11 months ago

Nice loop, not too steep, but no views to speak of. This would be a fantastic trail run.

11 months ago

Great easy hike through forested area. Trail starts out on Boundary Ridge which eventually turns into Strange Brew and can loop back on Ranger Summit (steeper, shorter trail). 2 hours up, 1 hour down. Lots of trails in the area, can't wait to go back and explore

11 months ago

What a great trail. The loop around through Ranger Summit was good. Wouldn't recommend starting up Ranger Summit as it is ascending quite aggressively.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

poor signage. we were looking to do Alder trail but no signs to follow so this was a blend of Alder and powder connector and we turned around so not to get lost. great trail otherwise.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beautiful scenery.

Came up boundary ridge, connected to strange brew.
Then returned through Ranger Summit.

Strange Brew was the best part.
We went up May long. Wasn't very busy up,
But Ranger summit was much more populated.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

We hiked up boundary ridge and strange brew, came back on ranger summit.

The ranger summit portion was decent.
Pretty busy on May long.
No snow, very sunny.
A fellow hiker said there was snow and ice a week prior but it had all melted by now.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

We really enjoyed this trail. As per the Alberta 'spring' we saw all 4 seasons in 3 hours. We parked on the right side of the road, in the parking area where the trails office is located. There are tons of trails to pick from, the one we picked starts over the bridge. (Our full walk we took is below.) The beginning of the trail is very icy so make sure you have crampons. The trails are very well signposted - one of the best we have been on.

There is a toilet block in the car park. Due to the massive amount of trails in this area you can swap and change paths a lot, depending on how you are feeling. Elevation is not difficult in the area we were in. Crampons were a most on this trail. Even if you think you don't need them anymore, you will!

The trail we took was relatively quiet, we only saw a handful of people.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hiked up to the summit from the West Bragg parking area before returning via Strange Brew. Mid-march trail was still mostly ice-covered, micro-spikes were a huge benefit for us.

Trail is mostly a walk in the woods, but is consistently uphill (we recorded over 300m of elevation gain). Views are limited as you are in trees nearly the whole way which has the side-benefit of protection from the winds in the area.

Overall a pleasant and quick escape from Calgary.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A decent forest trail with a few nice views. Something for everyone.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hard for beginners.

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