54 miles
Distance
9,512 ft
Climb
-9,461 ft
Descent
1 miles
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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Details

  • AKA
    bow 80
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Around Moose Mountain Epic Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,619 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,694 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,745 ft
  • Grade
    0.018%
  • Grade max
    -42.353%
  • Grade min
    34.975%
  • Distance climb
    25 miles
  • Distance down
    24 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Cox Hill top section
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Jumping Pound Ridge Trail
May 22, 2018 @ 7:16am
3 days
Large snow patches still to be melted away, primarily in the tree’d descent down towards the climb to Cox.
Cox Hill Trail
May 22, 2018 @ 7:13am
3 days
Still quite a few snowy patches and lots of run-off, muddy streams on the way down... a couple weeks until primo!
Powderface Creek
May 21, 2018 @ 9:15pm
May 21, 2018
Still some snow close to the top. Not enjoyable. A slow climb that just gets steeper and steeper close to top. No switch backs. Requires uphill bike pushing for significant portion of top. Only one area of view. We did powder face trail, then along road to connect with Prairie creekl trail. This was definitely the right direction for the loop, as you can cruse down the road. However a nicer ride would have been out and back on Prairie.
Prairie Creek
May 21, 2018 @ 9:12pm
May 21, 2018
Some wet puddles. Rode this from powder face trail to the highway. Mostly downhill this way, enjoyable ride, some nice rolling... Much much better than powder face trail, which requires lots of bike pushing!!
Sulphur Springs
May 9, 2018 @ 4:07am
May 9, 2018
Rode from Station Flats up Sulpher Springs back around Elbow Valley, then back to Station Flats. Trail was 99.9% dry as a bone. There’s a bit of snow and moisture in the trees about 10 min into the ride for about 20 meters. Tread lightly in this area.
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