15.1 miles
Distance
4,135 ft
Climb
-4,144 ft
Descent
1.2 miles
High Point

Ride at your own risk. Cell phone service is spotty once you get on to Moosepackers Trail and Ridgeback.

This is a classic ride, updated for modern times. From Station Flats, ride Elbow Valley to Sulphur Springs, and then climb up Pneuma. Feel free to bail to the road if Pneuma isn't working for you. You can stay on Pneuma all the way to the end, or if you took the road from Special K, Race of Spades or lower, continue on the road until you get to the top. On your right will be a gravel access road with a gate. This is the trail to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout. Follow that until the turnoff to Moosepackers appears on your right [there's a sign], at the bottom of a long gravel downhill. Moosepackers leads into Ridgeback and back to Station Flats.

Just shy of 25 km, fast riders will get it done in less than 2.5 hours, but it can take much longer if you have mechanicals, or cough up a lung on Pneuma. The original loop involved taking Sulphur Springs and then heading directly up the road. Once you got to the bottom of Moosepackers you would take the access road to Tom Snow and ride that all the way back.

The vast majority of people ride this loop clockwise. It can be done counter-clockwise, but that eliminates almost all the fun downhills, which would suck.

Check the individual trail descriptions for more details.

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Trails in Route

Diamond T Loop4,629 ft
Sulphur Springs2.1 miles
Pneuma2.9 miles
Moose Mountain Road2.0 miles
Moose Packers1.7 miles
Ridgeback 35.6 miles
Tom Snow1,250 ft

Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Moosepackers Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,693 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,729 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,720 ft
  • Grade max
    -46.699%
  • Grade min
    36.423%
  • Distance climb
    7.1 miles
  • Distance down
    6.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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GoPro: Pneuma Trail 3, Moose Mountain Bragg, Creek
GoPro: Pneuma Trail 3, Moose Mountain Bragg, Creek
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Pneuma 2
Pneuma 2
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GoPro: Pnuema Trail 2A, Moose Mountain Bragg Creek
GoPro: Pnuema Trail 2A, Moose Mountain Bragg Creek
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Oct 3, 2016

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Sulphur Springs
Nov 15, 2016 @ 8:55am
Nov 15, 2016
Hit this (as part of the Sulphur Springs Loop) on Saturday. Was in perfect shape. No muck.
Pneuma
Nov 13, 2016 @ 8:23pm
Nov 13, 2016
Starts a bit wet from the lot at the base of moose road, dries up quickly, good to go
Ridgeback 3
Oct 28, 2016 @ 2:13pm
Oct 28, 2016
Great Shape. A few wet spots. Logging road crossings are a mix of snow & mud. Watch for fallen trees!
Moose Packers
Sep 4, 2016 @ 9:04am
Sep 4, 2016
Tom Snow
Sep 3, 2016 @ 7:11pm
Sep 3, 2016
Rode the entire Tom Snow from Dawson to Station flats. The trail should be closed from 4km from Dawson to where it intersects with Moose loop. Major flood damage, many downed trees, poor or no signage and overgrown. Also very muddy and trampled by livestock. Also saw signs saying it is part of the Trans Canada Trail. This seems like a search party waiting to happen.
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