A walk on the wild side

There’s nothing like fresh air, friends, mountain flowers and a chance to see some wildlife to make one relax. The Bragg Creek area offers the finest in hiking and biking trails. Take a trip to West Bragg Creek and an oasis of trails are available for hikes, trail running and mountain biking. The extensive trail system will provide mountain bikers of all skills plenty of thrills. As well, ‘West Bragg’ has become a popular location for recreational activity of trail running. Of course, it is still the ideal location to bring the family, a picnic basket and maybe some binoculars to take a peek at some of the birds nestled at West Bragg. For more information on hiking go to www.visitbraggcreek.com

Easy – Alder Trail

Distance: 1.6 km

Elevation gain: 50 metres

Time required: Less than an hour

Bikes and dogs permitted

Directions to trail head: At the four-way stop where highway 22 enters Bragg Creek take White Avenue which turns into Highway 758. Turn right into Bragg Creek Provincial Park about 2.4 kilometres from the four-way intersection. Look for the trailhead sign at the east side of the parking lot.

Moderate – Fullerton Loop


Distance: 6.5 km

Elevation gain: 364 metres

Time required: 1 – 2 hours

Dogs permitted, no bikes

Directions to trail head: Travel 9.7 kilometres west of the junction of highways 22 and 66. Turn at the sign for Allen Bill Pond, and then the trailhead is at the east end of the parking area. Allen Bill Pond is a small, pretty pond with picnic tables dotted around. After serious flooding two years ago the pond joined up completely with the river, and for fishing licence purposes was re-designated as a river. At the first intersection on the trail keep to the left on Fullerton Loop. The second intersection is the start of the loop and at this junction there is a set of rough stairs cut into the hill. Keep to the right here and enjoy a long gradual ascent through the forest to the halfway point of the loop where you can view Moose Mountain and the group of mountains surrounding Banded Peak.

Strenuous – Moose Mountain

Distance: 15.2 km

Elevation gain: 525 metres

Time required: 4 – 7 hours

Bikes and dogs permitted

Directions to trail head: From the junction of Highways 22 and 66 drive about 14 kilometres, go past the sign for Paddy’s Flat campground, and about 800 metres there is an unmarked turn to the right. This is the road to Moose Mountain. Take this turn and drive about 7.5 kilometers up this road, which is graveled and fairly bumpy, to the parking area. The trailhead is both in the parking lot and immediately across the road from the signs to parallel park on the road.

 

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