This ride begins the same as the Goldilocks Loop
. Leave the West Bragg Creek parking area via the south-west corner and cross the bridge over the creek. Ranger Summit
trail starts about 50m up the trail at a major intersection with the Crystal Line ski trail.
The trail climbs steadily for 3.5km until it reaches the ridge. Look out for a short optional detour after 2.75km via a minor summit with good views to the east. Once at the ridge the trail turns to the south east and climbs to the summit at the junction with Bobcat
and Strange Brew
Begin your descent down the Bobcat
trail but don't get too caught up in Bobcat
's fun - after a bermed turn to the right look out for the wooden sign indicating the Sugar Mama
trail on the left. Watch out for cattle and hikers as you descend the technical flowy trail down the south-west facing side of the ridge. At the bottom you'll drop out on to the Elbow
Trail and find Snagmore
immediately ahead of you.
and Boundary Ridge
link together to get you back to the West Bragg Creek trailhead. You'll cross over the Elbow
and Iron Springs ski trails a few times near the transition from Snagmore
to Boundary Ridge
. (In a pinch those doubletrack ski trails can get you home much quicker.)
starts off fairly flat and then climbs fairly hard for 1km before making a twisting descent. Boundary Ridge
climbs again for 2km, at a slightly easier grade, and finally treats you to a 3km sweep back to the trailhead. When you drop out of the final turn on to Crystal Line just continue ahead and swing right to the Bragg Creek bridge.