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Trail Etiquette

West Bragg Creek Trail Etiquette, Trail Types, User Recommendations and Safety

Welcome to West Bragg Creek Trails. This is a multi-use, non-motorized area.

Trail Etiquette

  • Please cooperate to help keep the trails safe and enjoyable for everyone. 
  • Be respectful of other trail users. If you are considerate, the next users will return your favour. 
  • To protect the local watershed and to avoid damaging the trails, do not use trails in soft or muddy conditions. 
  • If you are making ruts in dirt or snow, please leave the trail system.
  • Mountain bikers yield to hikers, horseback riders, snowshoers and skiers. 
  • Hikers yield to horseback riders. 
  • All users please slow down at intersections and when passing other trail users. 
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Trail Types

 

All-Season Trails

  • Mountain biking, fat biking, hiking, snowshoeing, trail running and horseback riding are permitted on all-season trails whenever proper conditions allow.
  • It is requested that only fat biking (tires greater than 3.7 inches), hiking and snowshoeing are conducted when these trails are snow covered or soft and easily damaged.
  • Fullerton Loop is designated as a foot-travel only trail. Bikes and horses are not permitted on this trail.
  • Mountain Road and Telephone Loop are designated both as XC ski trails and as all-season trails from Dec 1-Mar 31.

 

XC Ski Trails

  • XC ski trails are groomed and maintained for XC skiing from Dec 1-Mar 31, whenever there is sufficient snow depth.
  • Hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, fat biking, trail running and horseback riding are not permitted on groomed XC ski trails, except to cross.
  • You are welcome to ride or hike on XC ski trails, when they are free of snow and the tread is dry.

 

Snowshoe / Winter Multi-Use Trails

  • Please use snowshoe and winter multi-use trails only when snow covered and frozen.  
  • Fat-Biking (tires greater than 3.7 inches) is permitted on all winter multi-use trails except Snowshoe Hare East
  • These trails are marked routes, without a constructed tread, so they are not meant for use during the non-snow seasons.

 

Trail Users

 

Mountain Bikers (MTBs) 

  • Mountain bikers may use any all-season trails (brown), except Fullerton Loop (Foot traffic only).
  • Biking, hiking and snowshoeing are permitted from Dec. 1 to Mar. 31 on Telephone Loop, Mountain Road, using the non-trackset side of the trail.
  • Winter fat biking is also permitted from Dec. 1 to Mar. 31 on Snowy Owl, Snowy Shortcut, Whitetail, Old Shell Road, Snowshoe Hare (west only), and Lower West Crystal Line winter multi-use trails whenever there is snow on the ground and the trails are frozen. 
  • Biking is not permitted on Snowshoe Hare (east) and Old Hostel Road at any time.
  • Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners.
  • MTBs should announce their presence to others, using their voice or a bell.
  • MTBs travelling downhill should yield to anyone headed uphill.
  • Fat bikers must yield to skiers at all ski trail crossings.
  • Winter biking: Dec.1 to March 31: It is requested only “fat bikes” (with tires measuring 3.7 inches wide or wider and tire pressure that is 10 psi or lower) are used.  Bikes with regular mountain bike narrow tires leave deep ruts in trails, creating a hazard when frozen.

 

Hikers

  • Hikers may use any trails except... Don't walk on ski trails from Dec 1-Mar 31, when the ski trails are groomed.
  • Hike on Snowshoe Hare (east) only when snow covered and frozen.

 

Horseback Riders

  • Horseback riding is permitted on all season trails whenever conditions allow. 
  • Horseback riding is not permitted on XC ski trails from Dec. 1 to Mar. 31.
  • Horseback riding is not permitted on snowshoe trails at any time.
  • Avoid riding when trails are soft or muddy. Ride only when impact is minimal.
  • Mountain Road is the recommended winter horseback riding trail. Most all-season trails and snowshoe trails are too hard-packed and icy for safe horse travel and hoof prints will negatively impact all other trail users.

 

Snowshoers

  • Use the designated snowshoe trails (dashed pink on the map), winter multi-use trails (pink on the map) or the all season trails (brown on the map). 
  • Snowshoe Hare (east) is for snowshoers and walkers only. 
  • Don't walk on ski trails from Dec 1 to Mar 31, when they are groomed.

 

XC Skiers

  • XC Ski trails (Green or Blue) are groomed whenever there is sufficient snow cover, typically Dec 1 to Mar 31.
  • Mountain Road and Telephone Loop are shared with other non skier users.
  • Downhill skiers have the right of way. Please yield to allow them to safely descend.
  • Step off of the ski trail when stopped.
  • Please only skate ski on trails that are wide enough to allow for this technique, without damaging track setting. Skate ski trails are identified with a dashed blue or green line.

 

Dogs

  • Dogs are permitted on the West Bragg Creek Trails, but please be a responsible dog owner.
  • Dogs must be on-leash in the Provincial Recreation Area (PRA), including the parking lot and surrounding area, otherwise you could be fined. 
  • Outside of the PRA, dogs must be under control at all times. 
  • Do not allow dogs to harass livestock, wildlife (which is illegal) or other trail users. 
  • If skiing with a dog on a leash, a short leash is recommended, as a long leash presents a safety hazard to yourself and other skiers. 
  • Please remove your dog’s waste from the trail by flicking off the tread surface or by bagging it. 
  • Please do not bag your dog waste unless you take it with you to the nearest garbage receptacle. NEVER leave bagged dog waste on or adjacent to a trail. Do not throw bagged dog waste into the woods!

 

Cattle Grazing 

  • Cattle grazing season is June 15 to October 15 annually. 
  • Please close all gates during grazing season.
  • Do not chase, herd or harass livestock, as it causes stress and economic loss. 

 

Risk Management

This is a multi-use area and not all trails are necessarily suited to all user types or skill levels. You should be aware that trail conditions can change depending on weather and other natural factors. Potential hazards include, but are not limited to, steep side slopes, ice, slippery conditions, unbridged watercourse crossings and the presence of wild or domestic animals. You must take personal responsibility for evaluating the safety of a trail for yourself (and your horse). 

For further information, please contact the Kananaskis Country Visitor Information Centre at 403-673-3985 or visit the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association website at http://braggcreektrails.org 

THANK-YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION

In case of emergency, call 911 and ask for Kananaskis Emergency Dispatch