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Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association

The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association achieved a very successful 2015 work season.

Volunteers contributed 9087 hours of work and $172,000 of donations were spent on dozens of projects to construct, upgrade and maintain the West Bragg Creek trail network.

All-Season Trails (Hiking, Biking, Equestrian and Snowshoeing)

  1. The 4.7 km Snakes & Ladders trail was constructed to link Ranger Summit to Ridgeback trails. The trail and a new bridge was built with a combination of a mini-excavator, a back-hoe supplied by Spray Lakes Sawmills and the hand labour of over 100 different volunteers.
  2. 1.6 km of Demi-Tel trail was upgraded with significant drainage and tread repair work.
  3. 0.8 km of Snowshoe Hare (west) trail was received major drainage and tread reconstruction.
  4. East Telephone Loop got an additional 0.8 km of drainage work and tread improvements to complete the upgrades that were started in 2014.
  5. Trail repairs and ongoing maintenance was completed at 15 sites on Braggin Rights, Long Distance, Boundary Ridge, Ranger Summit and Strange Brew trails.

Upgrade 16.7 kilometers of cross country ski trails : $30,000

  • Moose Loop (5.8 km), Iron Springs (4.7 km), Elbow (5.2 km), Loggers (0.1 km), West Crystal Line (0.2 km), Middle Crystal Line (0.2 km) and Sundog (0.5 km).
  • Scope of work includes: Brush clearing, removal of encroaching or overhanging trees, completing drainage and tread repairs/grading/smoothing, culverts and the addition of a ski bridge on Moose Loop.

Mountain View West : Add new 3.8 km ski trail $15,500

  • Formalize the transfer of Spray Lakes Haul Road 1109A to the West Bragg Creek trail system.
  • Work with Spray Lakes Sawmills regarding reclamation, drainage and tread work. GBCTA scope of work: replace one SLS bridge and supply 1214 culverts.

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All Season & Snowshoe Trails Update -  Mix of ice, dirt, mud, slush and compacted snow. Generally poor conditions

Trail Etiquette:   It is requested that only fatbiking (tires greater than 3.7 inches), hiking and snowshoeing are conducted when trails are snow covered or soft and easily damaged.


Ski Trails - Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017:  

The latest chinook and associated warm temps have again taken their toll. Widespread freeze-thaw events have left a variety of conditions out on the trails including, lakes, streams, ice, slush
and some surprisingly skiable surfaces, depending on location.
 
We advise against using the trails until further notice however,  as conditions are too unpredictable and can vary greatly within very short distances. 
 

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Your Feedback Can Help Protect West Bragg Creek Trails

The Alberta Government is currently seeking feedback for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). 

This land use plan will guide development on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, including West Bragg Creek and Elbow Valley areas of Kananaskis Country.  Currently, the draft plan is out for public consultation.  While the draft plan designates the west Bragg Creek area of Kananaskis Country as an 'Iconic Tourism Destination', the actual land management has not changed. The parking lot area and a small adjacent environmental area are proposed to become a Provincial Park of 81 hectares (200 acres) in size, or about 0.8 square kilometers.  However, the remaining area that includes the vast majority of trails will remain as an Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) managed multi-use area including clear cut logging, cattle grazing, oil & gas development and recreation. 
 
This is your chance, likely once in our generation, to provide feedback to the government on how this area should be managed.  If you would like to see a different land management and land use in this area, this is your opportunity to influence the SSRP.  One option could be the designation of the West Bragg Creek and Elbow Valley area as a new Provincial Park. This would give Alberta Parks control over the land-base while still providing for recreational activities and a high degree of environmental protection. 
 
Your feedback helped guide the government on how to minimize the impact of logging on the trails, and this is your chance to provide similar feedback on the Land Use Plan.  There is an open house in Cochrane on Nov. 28, and on-line feedback is being accepted until Jan 15, 2014. 
 
 
If you would like to see further protection for this area in the form of a Provincial Park, which will guarantee this area's priority as a world class recreation area for Albertans, the most effective means to be heard is by writing directly to Premier Redford and the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Dr. Starke:
 
Office of the Premier, 
Honourable Alison Redford
307 Legislature Building 
10800 - 97 Avenue 
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
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Honourable Dr. Richard Starke
229 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue  
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B6
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Please forward this notice to anyone you know, who may be interested in this cause.

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