Quirk Creek - Wildhorse Loop

Bragg Creek, Alberta

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The trail lies west of Bragg Creek in the Elbow Valley. This 15.9-mile loop is an intermediate rider's dream. It climbs gradually up an old gas exploration road and then winds its way back on a narrow, wilderness roller coaster. The tail provides some excellent views of the surrounding foothills and returns along the base of Forgetmenot Mountain. It does require a frigid ford of the Elbow River at both ends of the ride, but nothing will wake you up like a wade through a mountain stream.

Quirk Creek - Wildhorse Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The trail lies west of Bragg Creek in the Elbow Valley. This 15.9-mile loop is an intermediate rider's dream. It climbs gradually up an old gas exploration road and then winds its way back on a narrow, wilderness roller coaster.

The tail provides some excellent views of the surrounding foothills and returns along the base of Forgetmenot Mountain. It does require a frigid ford of the Elbow River at both ends of the ride, but nothing will wake you up like a wade through a mountain stream."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bragg Creek
Distance: 15.9
Elevation Gain: 702 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Mid-June to early October.
Trailhead Elevation: 5,220 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Elbow Valley Information Center, 403-949-4261.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 J / 15 Mount Rae. Kananaskis Country - Bragg Creek and Elbow Falls map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Quirk Creek - Wildhorse Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2001
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This trail is not quite the "rollercoaster ride" described in the book! Unless you think of short downhills punctuated by long and/or steep uphills, as how a rollercoaster works! Aside from the misleading description, this trail was a fun workout, rewarded by the final decent back to the river. The actual junction onto the wildhorse trail is difficult to find, due to recent logging in the area, and a lack of signposts. All-in-all, a great ride for a hot summers day, lots of eroded/rocky/roots downhill action.



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