In 2016, The Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association focused on upgrading existing trails, adding new winter trails and enhancing the visitor experience at the West Bragg Creek trail network.
Volunteers contributed over 8,000 hours of work and $150,000 of donations were spent on dozens of projects to construct, upgrade and maintain the West Bragg Creek trail network.
Significant investments and actions by Alberta Parks/ Government of Alberta resulted in a number of important enhancements to the trail network and planning for even larger improvements for next year.
1. A sustainable, all-season tread was constructed on 1.5 km of Snowshoe Hare (west) trail. This included some trail re-routes, plus drainage and tread reconstruction.
2. Trail repairs and ongoing maintenance was completed at 15 sites on Braggin Rights, Long Distance, Boundary Ridge, Ranger Summit and Strange Brew trails.
3. A 300 meter segment Snakes & Ladders trail was re-constructed by Spray Lakes Sawmills. The trail had followed a portion of a log-haul road, which was being reclaimed back to the original terrain contours. An interesting new trail was built into the re-contoured terrain by SLS and hand-finished by volunteers.
4. Alberta Environment and Parks approved official designation for the 3.5 km Sugar Mama and 3.9 km Sugar Daddy trails. About 300m of tread work and a re-alignment of the Sugar Daddy/Elbow Trail junction was completed, and materials for a new bridge on Sugar Mama were moved to site, in preparation for construction in 2017.
1. A 4.6 km portion of Spray Lakes Sawmills log-haul road that was test groomed in the 2015/2016 ski season was converted into Mountain View West (3.8km) and an upgraded portion of Moose Loop (0.8 km) XC ski trails. Spray Lakes Sawmills replaced 16 culverts with new ones provided by GBCTA, placed concrete block abutments for two bridges, installed one steel bridge frame, constructed a sun/wind shade berm and upgraded all of the tread and drainage, as part of their logging reclamation. GBCTA volunteers constructed two bridges (20’ X 12’ and 40’ X 12’) and added signage.