54.0 miles
Distance
7,238 ft
Climb
-7,185 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Epic ride requiring long distance endurance. Food, extra water, a first aid kit, tools, pump, spare tube are mandatory. The last section on Tom Snow was badly damaged in the 2005 and 2013 floods so should be pre-ridden a few weeks before attempting.

This is a classic 1990s Epic Cross country ride and is recommended for fit riders only. For a time, the Bow 80 bike race was roughly on this loop. Over 80 km of riding. Trail elevations and conditions vary wildly, so be sure to check the weather, bring extra layers and extra water and food and a printed map. A good option if you are riding in a group is to have a support vehicle to meet you at Station flats, Prairie Creek and Dawson trailheads to refresh and refuel. The best place to start the loop is from West Bragg Creek trailhead.

Starting up the Mountain Road you will climb for 5 km and take a left on Tom Snow. Take Tom Snow 5.4km all the way to Station flats. There are a couple of muddy spots, but don't reroute. The extra hills will hurt your endurance. Follow Diamond T loop for 900m. Station flats Parking lot is to the left if you want to take a break. Continue along Diamond T for 400m and keep left to link up with Elbow Valley Trail. You can follow Elbow valley trail 6.42 km all the way Powderface creek trail, or take Sulfur springs instead, adding 500m of trail and a nice view. Either way you take, You will end up crossing Canyon Creek, which is hopefully just a trickle. You may have trouble finding the trail after crossing the creek. Look out for little orange trail signs on the other side of creek and the adjacent gravel roads. If you can't find it, just find highway 66 and take it the 3.2 km to Powderface trailhead instead. At Powderface you can take either Prairie creek trail or Powderface Creek trail or a combination of the two. The shorter way with less elevation is Prairie Creek. Next up, take the Gravel Road, known as Powderface Trail road North for 5.4 km until the road takes a hard left. At that that hard left is a parking lot and Jumpingpound ridge trailhead. Across the road is a memorial for a plane crash. There are alternatives to taking the road, but the trails are in bad condition and overgrown. Jumpingpound ridge is difficult. It is steep, it needs a lot of walking and water and do not be ashamed to take a break.This part of the ride is by far the worst, 5.4 km of climbing. Followed by 3 km of mostly gradual, then you hop on to Cox Hill trail, which has 3.3 km of a few more hills to tire you out, followed by an epic 5.5km of descent. at the bottom of cox hill, there is a quick access to dawson trailhead, where hopefully you stashed some sandwiches and extra water. The rest of the way is on Tom Snow. This trail is muddy. Always muddy. but overall it is flat for 21 km back to mountain road, hanging a left on mountain road and cruising back to the parking lot. overall loop is 81km

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Around Moose Mountain Epic Loop is a 54 mile popular expert route located near Bragg Creek Alberta. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 7,238 ft with a max elevation of 7,184 ft then descends -7,185 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    bow 80
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Around Moose Mountain Epic Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    11 hr 37 min
  • Altitude min
    4,611 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,685 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,738 ft
  • Grade max
    -52.7%
  • Grade min
    59.4%
  • Distance climb
    27 miles
  • Distance down
    24 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Jumping Pound to Cox Hill // Sibbald, Alberta
Jumping Pound to Cox Hill // Sibbald, Alberta
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Tom Snow
May 25, 2024 @ 12:38pm
1 day
At some point the mud was up to a foot deep
Sulphur Springs
Apr 28, 2024 @ 8:15pm
Apr 28, 2024
Between ninja cow and a storm’s throw, trail is pretty good but still quite a lot of snow and ice lower down
Elbow Valley
Apr 28, 2024 @ 7:56pm
Apr 28, 2024
Between moose mountain road & sulfur springs, trail is in nice shape. For the most part it’s pretty dry!
Prairie Link
Apr 25, 2024 @ 10:28am
Apr 25, 2024
Snow packed, ice and dry/wet sections. Spikes necessary.
Prairie Creek
Feb 1, 2024 @ 8:59am
Feb 1, 2024
Mixed bag of death ice (clear and covering whole trail width), packed snow, bare in spots and a little slushy/muddy freeze melt. Better if you can stay on the bike and pick your braking zones away from the icy bits, tough walking if you pucker on the icy bits. Tree root drop at the end is mixed packed/icy, side slope was softish, rock drop at the very end was very rideable (almost smooth). Stay off prairie creek, lots of new runoff on the surface.
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