Special K Details
Special K is the original downhill-specific trail built off of Moose Mountain Road. There’s no time to ease into this one, as the trail begins with a few steep pitches and ruts before you’re quickly met with the biggest man-made drop on the trail. Don’t worry…there’s a ride around if necessary. The trail grade begins to mellow out and you’re treated to flowy turns as the trail criss-crosses a stream bed over a number of bridges with steep approaches. Past the last bridge, the trees begin to thin out and the speed increases as the trail flies through some meadowlands and tricky sidehill sections across rolling terrain. After a short climb, you’ll wind through the tight pine forest singletrack, then emerge onto an old cutline. Navigate your way down two technically challenging pitches, and you’ll find yourself out in a grassy (and sometimes a little boggy) cutline. This trail is best enjoyed during the drier parts of the year. Follow the trail eastward, make a creek crossing, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Tom Snow trail. Time to raise the saddle and pedal south (to your right) to the Station Flats parking lot. You can continue on Tom Snow or take Ridgeback out. Don’t forget to save some legs for the climbs! While this trail can be ridden on most any bike you can find, you’ll probably enjoy it most on a mid-travel all-mountain type of bike, making the best out of the techy descents and yet not punishing you too much on the pedal out!
Special K has a split personality - the first km is old-school FR/DH, and much steeper than something like SHAFT or Race of Spades. Once you're past that second bridge, it turns into a mellow ride with some berms here and there.
Access to this trail is typically from Pneuma or the Moose Mountain Road. If you're riding up Pneuma, Special K is the next trail above Race of Spades. If you're on the road, access is at the high point of the road, where there's a small service road going up to the right and back. If you start being able to coast down the road, you've gone too far.
To ride this trail as a shuttle, park in the main parking area at the top of the Moose Mountain road. Pedal down the road a few hundred meters until you see a small road branching off to the east for a pipeline station. The trail drops in immediately to the right of the small shack located there. You’ll finish your ride at Station flats day-use area, so leave your retrieval vehicle in the parking lot there.
Local Trail AssociationMoose Mountain Bike Trail Society (www.mmbts.com)
More Stats for Special K mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,605 ft
Altitude min4,783 ft
Altitude max1.2 miles
Altitude start1.2 miles
Altitude end4,783 ft
Distance climb1,839 ft
Distance down2.6 miles
Distance flat292 ft
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Special K Trail Reports
Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:28pm8 hours
|The steep section still has a lot of snow on it.|
Oct 22, 2016 @ 12:37pm2 days
|Old, crusty snow for the first .5km, otherwise awesome.|
May 29, 2016 @ 4:51pmMay 29, 2016
|Trail is mint right now. Freshly raked and 2 new catcher berms after the initial steeps.|
May 16, 2016 @ 8:41pmMay 16, 2016
|Snow for first bit. Very slippery/greasy. Rest of trail is good|
May 16, 2016 @ 8:40pmMay 16, 2016
|Snow for first bit of trail, very slippery/greasy. Rest of trail is in good shape|
Routes with this trail
|Banded Peak Competitive Track 2016 race||18.6 miles|
|727 Special||15.5 miles|
|KR Enduro Series - Moose Stage 2 race||1.0 miles|
|KR Enduro Series - Moose Stage 3 race||1.2 miles|