ElevationAscent: 705' 215 m
Descent: -704' -215 m
High: 5,386' 1,642 m
Low: 4,806' 1,465 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“The trail building wizards must have used all of their magic on this phenomenal flow trail.”— Paul Lindfield
Easily accessed from the trailhead via Braggin' Rights, Merlin View is a loop that can be ridden in either direction and combines seamlessly with Braggin' Rights to create a fairly easy & shortish (14km) ride. You could also add Merlin to the traditional Northern Flow loop (15km) for some extra climbing. Choosing to ride Merlin View counter-clockwise gives you the shorter (2km, 9%) climb and the longer (3km, 6%) descent.
From the Braggin' Rights/Reconnect junction head West into the long meadow/cut-line and turn Right to begin the climb (if you're riding counter-clockwise). The trail follows this cut-line for the next kilometre, snaking back and forth through the trees on either side, until it reaches a big meadow. There a bench made from boulders that offers a chance for a rest at this mid-point on the climb, and you can take in the views to the South & East.
The trail then enters the trees and after a short, rock-armoured section it climbs to the summit before following the ridge for 500m. It dips briefly and crests another minor summit before the descent begins in earnest - and it continues for the next 3km!
The descent is punctuated by all sorts of berms & bumps etc. to add to the fun, but there's nothing that interrupts the flow or demands advanced riding skills.
Eventually, the trail emerges into a meadow/cut-line again, and finally climbs (via one switchback in the trees) up the cut-line back to the Braggin' Rights junction. Take the Right turn there to return directly to the trailhead.
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