Bobcat Trail constructed in West Bragg Creek

The AEF Trail Supporter Program contributed $5,000 to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) in 2013 for construction of new all-season nonmotorized trails, as part of implementation of the West Bragg Creek All Season Trail Plan. Combined with $40,000 in funding from a variety of other contributors, it allowed for construction of the 4.1 km Bobcat Trail (June to September) 2013.

The Bobcat Trail was completed in September and opened to the public for horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing (snow permitting). The trail offers scenic views overlooking the Elbow River valley through a varied landscape of poplar, pine, spruce and natural meadows. The Bobcat Trail also provides a link from West Bragg Creek (WBC) trails, such as Ranger Summit and Strange Brew, to Station Flats trails, such as Ridgeback and Tom Snow.

Bryce Hleucka, trail designer and construction manager for the GBCTA, recently stated that “Bobcat trail is the best and most scenic all season trail in the WBC trail system.”

The West Bragg Creek All Season Trail Plan was created to improve the trail users’ experience with the development of a sustainable multi-use summer and winter trail system, while minimizing the environmental impact of recreational use. The plan provides for the expansion and upgrading of the West Bragg Creek Trail system in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies in Kananaskis Country. The goal of the plan is to better meet the needs of all types of non-motorized users while reducing impacts on the local watershed.

The plan includes 48 km of new all season multi-use trails for hiking, biking, horse-back riding and snow shoeing, eight km of new snowshoe trails, 15 km of new cross country ski trails, upgrading of several existing trails, widening of 10 km of ski trails for skate skiing and other improvements. Since September 2010, 47 km of new trails have been completed, $400,000 in funding has been raised, $370,000 has been spent and over 5,500 volunteer hours have been donated by trail users. The GBCTA is working in partnership with Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance, the Friends of Kananaskis Country and others.

The GBCTA was incorporated as an Alberta society in 2004 and as registered
charity in 2007. The mission of the GBCTA is “to develop and maintain trails in the Bragg Creek Area for public recreation.”

For West Bragg Creek trail maps please visit the website t o donate online. A $150 donation builds 10 meters of new all-season trail. All donations are eligible for a tax receipt ($20 minimum). Mail cheques to: Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (WBCASTP), Box 1379, Bragg Creek, AB, T0L 0K0.

Please consider a donation to the AEF Trail Supporter program.