Family Guy Details
Bike typeDH, AM, XC, Fat
TTFs on trailBerm, Bridge, Jump
Land ManagerAlberta Environment and Parks
Family Guy was originally built as an easy DH trail, but has evolved into a 2-way multi-use trail. Due to its western exposure, it is one of the first trails to dry out in the Moose area every year. There are a few optional jumps and some rocky sections, but the trail is largely devoid of TTFs. It is less technical than SHAFT or even Pneuma. When descending this trail, don't be surprised to see somebody riding or hiking up it. When climbing, you are almost guaranteed to encounter someone on their way down. Horse traffic is rare.
Family Guy is divided into 4 sections:
- Segment 1 is marked with a sign on a tree on the West side of the Moose Mountain road about 200m down the road from the Jean Guy trail head. It is a sweet and mellow single track though spruce and pine forest. There are some tight spots in the trees for those with wide bars, but this will just prepare you for the tight spots on the more difficult trails.
- Segment 2 starts at the entrance to Toothless and shares the Toothless trail for the first 300 meters. At this point Toothless descends steeply to the right and Family Guy continues as a smooth fast trail through open areas, spruce and pine and then aspen forests.
- Segment 3 from Billy Dog down to the junction with Elbow Valley Trail and on to Ing’s Mine parking lot is the longest and most varied segment. There is a mix of vegetation types including lots of open meadows, where you will be treated to abundant wild flowers and great views of the valley below and mountains beyond. Stop and take a moment to enjoy the views and consider that this trail was entirely bench cut by hand. This section includes a couple of wood bridges and boardwalks and a couple switchbacks that may challenge a true beginner. You should be able to ride “crux corner” with confidence before venturing onto the more difficult trails.
- Family Guy ends at a T intersection with Elbow Valley Trail. Turn right and continue downhill to ride about 300m to the Ing’s Mine Parking located just across Canyon Creek. Due to seasonal and rain-storm event fluctuations in water levels of Canyon creek, it is advised to check the creek crossing at Ing’s Mine before biking down Family Guy to ensure an easy crossing.
Upper access to Family Guy starts down the road about 200m from the entrance to Jean Guy. It can be ridden as a connector trail to Toothless, SLF or Billy Dog making these trails longer and consolidating parking at the Jean Guy trail head which is the best place to park for all these trails.
Lower access to the trail begins ~100m to the east of Canyon Creek at an intersection with the Elbow Valley trail.
Local Trail AssociationMoose Mountain Bike Trail Society (www.mmbts.com)
More Stats for Family Guy mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,277 ft
Altitude min4,814 ft
Altitude max1.2 miles
Altitude start1.2 miles
Altitude end4,835 ft
Distance climb3,945 ft
Distance down2.3 miles
Distance flat301 ft
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Family Guy Trail Reports
Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:39amSep 11, 2016
|Trail is dry and in amazing shape! Get out before the snow flies|
Jul 19, 2016 @ 6:49pmJul 19, 2016
|From PB: There were puddles and mud patches on Family Guy and Shaft but nothing to keep you at home|
May 25, 2016 @ 10:08pmMay 25, 2016
May 16, 2016 @ 8:36pmMay 16, 2016
|Little greasy up top but besides that good to go|
Apr 14, 2016 @ 9:36amApr 14, 2016
Routes with this trail
|Banded Peak Competitive Track 2016 race||18.6 miles|
|moose mtn - up family guy 7-27 pneuma||8.8 miles|
|Moose mtn - pneuma 7-27 family guy loop||11.2 miles|
|moose mtn - family guy add on to 7-27 laps||4.0 miles|
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