Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Bragg Creek is a charming hamlet retaining all the quaint character of the past. Bragg Creek Park is about 30 minutes west of downtown Calgary and is known as the gateway to Kananaskis Country. There’s an extensive trail network with many options. Some are focused on X-C skiing in winter.
A good intro run would be to park at Allen Bill Trailhead and run the Fullerton Loop (about 4 miles). Begin at Allen Bill and explore a small, pretty pond with picnic tables. At the first intersection on the trail keep to the left on Fullerton Loop. The second intersection is the start of the loop and at this junction there is a set of rough stairs cut into the hill. Keep to the right here and enjoy a long gradual ascent through the forest to the half-way point of the loop where you can view Moose Mountain and the group of mountains surrounding Banded Peak. The return trip skirts the edge of the ridge overlooking the Ranger Station and the Elbow Valley. If you have time after your run, check out the town center to appreciate the old log buildings, and unique shops and restaurants.