Strange Brew is a 9.7 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
374 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

wildlife

snow

Connects Ranger Summit Trail with Boundary Ridge Trail. Pleasant trail through the forest and foothills of West Bragg Creek. Popular with hikers and mountain bikers year round.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this hike last weekend with a friend and my dog and the last review summed it up perfectly. There were a lot of fat bikers, but not too much that made the trail a nuisance. Also, all of them that we came across were extremely nice and always let us know if there were more bikes or not.

There were a ton of cross country skiers in the area (I’m sure typical for the weekend), and didn’t have any issue. Although we did have someone at the end almost begin to lecture us about walking on the ski trail (which we weren’t, and were ensuring that we weren’t stepping on the grooved lines), thinking that we were just beginning our hike when in fact we were ending it. Other than that, everyone was respectful and nice and the trail was definitely a more easy-moderate as it didn’t require too much effort at all.

hiking
12 days ago

Cute hike! There were a few nice views that broke up the hike nicely. We ran into a lot of fat bikers along the way. They pack the snow down nicely so you don’t really need snowshoes at the moment. It was well marked and fun to navigate at each map post. This hike was on the easy side of moderate, not too much uphill climbing but the length might make it more challenging for some. We were able to do it in less than 4 hours with some breaks.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail!

Fun hike! Trail was well marked. Did it Nov 13, 2018 (counter-clockwise) and didn’t need our Yak Trax. Went early in the morning and only saw a couple of bikers and one other hiker.

hiking
3 months 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!

3 months ago

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
3 months 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.

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 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.

6 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!

6 months ago

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

mountain biking
6 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
6 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)

hiking
7 months ago

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

snowshoeing
10 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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

backpacking
Monday, November 13, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

hiking
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, 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.

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