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 trails. Take a trip to West Bragg Creek and an oasis of trails are available for hikes, trail running and mountain biking. One of the many features of the West Bragg trail system is it is well marked – even a greenhorn will be able to find his or hers way. For more information on hiking go to www.visitbraggcreek.com
Alder Trail Distance: 1.6 km, Elevation gain: 50 metres;
Time required: Less than an hour
Bikes permitted: Yes; Dogs permitted: Yes;
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.
Description: Alder Trail is a short interpretive walk. The trail goes up a shallow ridge and then crosses Highway 758, then there is a loop on the west side of the highway approximately 1 kilometer in length.
Fullerton Loop Distance: 6.5 km; Elevation gain: 364 metres; Time required: 1 – 2 hours; Bikes permitted: No; Dogs permitted: Yes; 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. 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. The return trip skirts the edge of the ridge overlooking the Ranger Station and the Elbow Valley.
Moose Mountain — Distance: 15.2 km; Elevation gain: 525 metres; Time required: 4 – 7 hours; Bikes permitted: Yes; Dogs permitted: Yes; Directions to trail head: From the junction of Highways 22 and 66 drive about 14 kilometres and about 800 metres past there is an unmarked turn to the right. This is the road to Moose Mountain. Drive about 7.5 kilometers up this road and the trailhead is both in the parking lot. Hike Description: The hike traverses the ridge from the right side, up and over the first rise, and ends at the top of the second rise. At the top is Alberta’s highest fire lookout.