About Horseback Riding in the Winter in West Bragg Creek
- Equestrians are welcome on the All Season trails system, shown on maps in brown colour, EXCEPT those that are designated as ski trails from Dec 1 to March 31 annually
- Where the access to these trails shares sections with ski trails, such as accessing Ranger Summit or Boundary Ridge from the Parking area, please stay to the far left, and ride single file so as not to impact tracks and grooming for skiers
- The perimeter trail around the parking area is not trackset but it is groomed. Please kick any manure off this trail to aid in the grooming work. A short, separate trail for equestrians leading from the hitching rails, across the perimeter trail then west to the kiosk on Mountain Road is being developed and will help separate horses and other users in this congested area.
- Do not leave manure in the parking area or throw it into the bush. Pick it up and take home in your trailer. Please do your part to show we are responsible trail users.
- Not all trails can be ridden as loops in the winter, due to the ski trails. Please see below for some suggested rides.
- Trail conditions vary with weather and trails may become very icy. Some trails are steep and narrow. Use good judgement in choosing a trail and consider asking your farrier to put ‘sharps’ (either borium or caulks on steel shoes) on your horse. See photo for an example.
- Many other trail users are not familiar with horses and may not know or understand how to safely pass. When conditions are such that other users, such as fatbikers, cannot easily move off the trail to pass, please move your horse into the deeper snow and let them pass on the trail.
Please be an ambassador and help educate other users so that we all enjoy the trails safely.
- Consider joining the Alberta Equestrian Federation (albertaequestrian.com) and benefit from the Included $5 Million personal liability insurance to protect you on the trail, regular updates regarding recreation and other important horse news.
Some Suggested Equestrian Routes
- Snowy Old to Mountain Road. Easy. An out and back trail of short duration, perfect for barefoot horses used to meeting other users. Pls stay to the side where the trail is shared with skiers.
- Boundary Ridge. Moderate Challenge. An out and back trail with significant elevation gain but wonderful views. Stop for a snack or lunch not long after the gate near the top.
- Ranger Summit to Strange Brew with return on North Boundary Trail. Expert loop trail with steep, narrow path. Often icy in spots, sharp shoes highly recommended.
- Snagmore to Sugar Daddy to Sugar Mama loop. This moderate to high moderate trail is a loop from Fullerton Trailhead on Highway 66. It varies from very rocky to steep and narrow. Sharps recommended as shoes are needed on the rocks.