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on Strange Brew

hiking
6 days 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
10 days ago

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

hiking
11 days ago

Easy- long(ish) but could be done by almost anyone. There’s minor elevation gain, some rolling hills, it’s a little boggy in areas (so make sure you have water resistant shoes)- but a pretty hike for all abilities.

hiking
11 days 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
15 days 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.

I didn’t find the mountain bikes to be all that many. No problem for me to share the trail. Took strange brew/boundary ridge back which makes a nice loop. Ended up being 11km. Not strenuous, some switchbacks. Strange brew more of a rocky trail. Dog enjoyed it as well.

19 days ago

Park in North side of West Bragg Creek Parking lot on the most western side. Walk on service road starting at west side of parking lot. Walk for a km or so and come to a trail interesection that states Moose connector on sign posts on both right and left sides of path. GO RIGHT and it takes you right to Moose Meadow loop.

The entire hike and loop is about 7 km and is easy with some steep inclines. Saw 2 deer, lots of butterflies and birds. Very few other hikers or bikers. A few creeks and ponds that were pretty. Meadow was gorgeous. Good hike, but wouldn't be super interesting for kids.
We took left turn at moose connector interesection at beginning in error and added 7 more kms to the hike with lots of other small meadows. Was a nice addition to hike, but not as nice as the loop. Many signs, use them if you turn left first. Would go again!

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
20 days 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
24 days 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
1 month 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!

2 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little loop to take my kids on

mountain biking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Would have rated higher but for the mountain bikes

Well maintained. Relatively easy trial. Moderate climbs.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

A pleasant walk in the woods.

hiking
4 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.

cross country skiing
4 months 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

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