West Bragg Trail Etiquette

Welcome to West Bragg Creek Trails – a multi-use, non-motorized recreation area.

Thank you for your cooperation

Since this is a trails system that welcomes a wide variety of users, we ask that you extend a few common courtesies to your fellow trail users.

  • The Trails Center building is open daily between 9 am and 5 pm. It is heated, has maps and information, and there is a cellular ‘hotspot’ located right at the entrance. This is also the location of an AED. Cell service in WBC is spotty at best so utilize this hotspot for making emergency calls.
  • There is Equestrian Only parking in the SE corner of the parking area. Please do not park there unless you are driving a truck and horse trailer.
  • A Perimeter Trail surrounds the parking area and provides access to all of the trailheads for all users. Please keep all dogs on a leash and remove all animal waste from this trail. Equestrians please avoid this trail when possible.
  • There is also parking with access to these trails from Fullerton Trailhead, located across Highway 66 from Allen Bill, on the road to Elbow Falls. Equestrian parking is also located there.
  • Please note that the designated ski trails are for use by classic XC and skate skiers ONLY once grooming has commenced.
  • Ski trails are groomed and trackset by volunteers whenever there is sufficient snow. Please do not walk, snowshoe, bike, or ride horses on the groomed and trackset ski trails.
  • Please ski on the right, pass on the left, and skate ski in the middle. Downhill skier has the right of way.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible to others.
  • Mountain Road and Telephone Loop are shared with other non skier users.
  • Downhill skiers have the right of way. Please yield to allow them to safely descend.
  • Step off of the ski trail when stopped.
  • Please only skate ski on trails that are wide enough to allow for this technique, without damaging track setting.
  • Use All Season trails (brown colour on map), Winter Multi-Use Trails (shared with snowshoers and some cases horses), Mountain Road
  • Hikers may use any trails. Please do not walk on ski trails once grooming commences.
  • Hike on Snowshoe Hare (east) only when snow covered and frozen.
  • Mountain bikers may use any all-season trails (brown), except Fullerton Loop (Foot traffic only).
  • Once grooming commences, Biking, hiking and snowshoeing are permitted on East Telephone Loop, Mountain Road, using the non-trackset side of the trail.
  • Once grooming commences do not ride on ski trails
  • Winter fat biking is also permitted on Snowy Owl, Snowy Shortcut, Whitetail, Old Shell Road, Snowshoe Hare (west only), and Lower West Crystal Line winter multi-use trails whenever there is snow on the ground and the trails are frozen.
  • Biking is not permitted on Snowshoe Hare (east) and Old Hostel Road at any time.
  • Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners.
  • MTBs should announce their presence to others, using their voice or a bell.
  • MTBs travelling downhill should yield to anyone headed uphill.
  • Fat bikers must yield to skiers at all ski trail crossings.
  • Winter biking: It is requested only “fat bikes” (with tires measuring 3.7 inches wide or wider and tire pressure that is 10 psi or lower) are used. Bikes with regular mountain bike narrow tires leave deep ruts in trails, creating a hazard when frozen.
  • Use the designated snowshoe trails (dashed pink on the map), winter multi-use trails (pink on the map) or the all season trails (brown on the map). See maps
  • Snowshoe Hare (east) is for snowshoers and walkers only.
  • Don’t walk on ski trails once grooming commences.
  • Please see winter horseback riding page
  • Certain Winter Multi-Use Trails will be shared with fatbikes and snowshoers
  • 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 fat bikers, cannot easily move off the trail to pass, please move your horse into the deeper snow and let them pass on the trail.
  • Horseback riding is permitted on all season trails whenever conditions allow.
  • Please no Horseback riding on XC ski trails once grooming commences.
  • Horseback riding is not permitted on snowshoe only trails at any time.
  • Avoid riding when trails are soft or muddy. Ride only when impact is minimal.
  • Please keep all dogs on a leash and remove all animal waste from the PRA.
  • Do not leave manure in the parking area or throw it into the bush. Pick it up and take it home in your trailer.
  • Be respectful of other trail users. If you are considerate, the next users will return your favour.
  • To protect the local watershed and to avoid damaging the trails, do not use trails in soft or muddy conditions.
  • If you are making ruts or postholes in dirt or snow, please leave the trail system.
  • Mountain bikers yield to hikers, horseback riders, snowshoers and skiers.
  • Hikers yield to horseback riders.
  • All users please slow down at intersections and when passing other trail users.

Stop for horses. Ask rider how to safely pass

  • Dogs are permitted on the West Bragg Creek Trails, but please be a responsible dog owner.
  • Dogs must be on-leash in the Provincial Recreation Area (PRA), including the parking lot and surrounding area, otherwise you could be fined.
  • Outside of the PRA, dogs must be under control at all times.
  • Do not allow dogs to harass livestock, wildlife (which is illegal) or other trail users.
  • If skiing with a dog on a leash, a short leash is recommended, as a long leash presents a safety hazard to yourself and other skiers.
  • Skijoring is becoming more popular and involves being pulled on skiis by a harnessed dog. The dog is attached to the skier’s belt by a 9 foot line to accommodate for ski length. With proper training, dogs should stay in line with the trail and not cross into the path of oncoming skiers. Consider stepping off the trail and bringing your dog into the heal position when in high traffic areas or to let skiers pass.
  • Canicrossing is the sport of trail running with a dog in harness attached by a short leash (6 foot) to a waist belt. Please bring dog into heal position when approaching other trail users.
  • Please remove your dog’s waste from the trail by flicking off the tread surface or by bagging it.
  • Please do not bag your dog waste unless you take it with you to the nearest garbage receptacle. NEVER leave bagged dog waste on or adjacent to a trail. Do not throw bagged dog waste into the woods!
  • Please see map of PRA boundary (dogs must be on leash within PRA boundary). Beige area on map shows the PRA area.

  • Cattle grazing season is June 15 to October 15 annually.
  • Please close all gates during grazing season.
  • Do not chase, herd or harass livestock, as it causes stress and economic loss.

Risk Management

This is a multi-use area and not all trails are necessarily suited to all user types or skill levels. You should be aware that trail conditions can change depending on weather and other natural factors. Potential hazards include, but are not limited to, steep side slopes, ice, slippery conditions, unbridged watercourse crossings, and the presence of wild or domestic animals. You must take personal responsibility for evaluating the safety of a trail for yourself (and your horse).

For further information, please contact the Kananaskis Country Visitor Information Centre at 403-673-3985

In case of emergency, call 911 and ask for Kananaskis Emergency Dispatch