16.6 miles
2,763 ft
-2,762 ft
1 mile
High Point

A really nice loop to go for a long ride when the conditions clear up

Detailed Description
Awesome Loop is a 17 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Bragg Creek Alberta. This mountain bike primary route. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,763 ft with a max elevation of 5,439 ft then descends -2,762 ft.
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27 Reviews & Comments

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Brukalski (Jun 9, 2022 at 21:13)
Good condition, couple stops but good climb
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ryancartiers (Nov 7, 2021 at 9:49)
Trail Ridgeback 3
Great trail, watch handlebars between narrow trees, occasional root steps; short rock section adds variety.
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iphonefreddy (May 28, 2021 at 21:53)
Trail Tom Snow
A mix of really nice trails and mud bogs. With some boardwalks to cross the bogs this trail would be sweeto
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Jasongyip (Jan 13, 2021 at 13:35)
In pretty good condition today. Some fresh snow at the top. Fun climb!
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whisky (Jan 3, 2021 at 8:23)
Jan 2, morning
Snow too soft. Constant momentum interruptions by hikers or coming to a halt on 3/4 of the hills due to sinking or being pulled into ruts.

Best to stick to low elevations this week with the warmer temps.
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Justinlegal6 (Sep 30, 2020 at 12:32)
Trail Tom Snow
To the riders who helped me during my stroke on July 11th 2020. Thank you so much. Thank you for trying to get me out of there on your bike and stopping your ride. You called the rangers and then EMT came and drove me to foothills hospital. I don't remember what you all look like or names but I will anyways remember how helpful you all were. Thank you all again. And I how to see you on the trails again.
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Gonnad (Aug 16, 2020 at 10:08)
Good condition dry and dusty
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Jaylefevre (Jul 27, 2020 at 21:08)
Not great for beginner bikers. Muddy spots and lots of spots require you to get off your bike and push it uphill.
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Gonnad (Jul 26, 2020 at 7:52)
If you want a quieter ride at the weekend use the trails to the south of the carpark. Rangers Summit yesterday was dry and in good condition.
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jameslange (Jul 15, 2020 at 12:26)
You can ride Snakes & Ladders either direction, but East to West is by far the most popular. If you do ride it West to East (the Ladders & Snakes segment on Strava) you will cross paths with a lot of people who are not expecting you. Be careful!
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Gonnad (Jul 9, 2020 at 4:41)
Wet and top film of mud
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Davidbopp (May 25, 2020 at 6:46)
Lots of mud. Not possible to ride without damaging the trail.
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pinkrobe CMBA (Jan 16, 2020 at 18:19)
This is very much a horse trail, and not really recommended for any other users unless you need to check it off a list or something.
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agiard (Oct 25, 2019 at 5:44)
Descent from Ranger Summit is in great shape, a couple of water puddle/bomb holes lower down, but the climb to ridgeback is a greasy, slippery mess. Two trees down across the trail in the last JM of the climb.
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agiard (Oct 25, 2019 at 5:41)
Icy patches for the first km then it clears up nicely.
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Lopht (Sep 1, 2019 at 17:06)
Little wet Sep 1. Nice easy consistent climb
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powderfinger (Jul 12, 2019 at 15:46)
Excellent condition
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FoodieJ (Jun 11, 2019 at 15:16)
If biking, best to go left at trailhead and push your bike up a steep hill but enjoy the rest of the trail down. But if you want to climb and climb some more with a somewhat messy steep horse trail at the end, then go right at trailhead. Mud holes bog you down at the low points, just where you want to get a head of steam up for the next hill, you have to slow down/stop at the mud holes. This seems to be more of a horse trail, path doesnt appear to be used much by bikes.
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MarkruShredding (Sep 25, 2018 at 6:57)
Sept 24 trail in good condition but wet and greasy in many areas.
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psingbeil (Jul 26, 2018 at 6:26)
Trail Tom Snow
Bear Closure - Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop
July 24, 2018
Effective Date: July 24, 2018 until further notice
Where: Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop
Why: Bears feeding on carcass

The sign that shows the closure is not well marked, A small notice that has a map is posted at the entrance of Tom Snow from the Mountain Road. We looked at it and thought it was in the South direction and proceeded on the trail going North. We encountered yellow closure markings by Ab parks at the base of the large hill and some of us encountered a strong smell. We turned around and retreated back up the trail.
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Lenniee (Jul 10, 2018 at 14:24)
Bad trail fell off so many times needs a new everything I rate it 1/10
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rcaughlin (Aug 18, 2017 at 5:16)
Long climb that doesn't stop until the top.
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psingbeil (May 24, 2017 at 14:26)
Trail Tom Snow
Rode it yesterday evening. Lots of mud and fallen trees
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ek4086 (Mar 28, 2017 at 11:46)
Easy hike and short loop, Close to Calgary (1 hour drive), good for families and beginners, there is a long hill if you go clockwise. There isn't any awesome view! just trees.
  • + 3
pinkrobe CMBA (Oct 8, 2015 at 16:43)
1. Please walk around the three very short closed off sections west of the bridge. They still need time to dry out.
2. Please avoid the entire trail if it's rained or snowed. Unless the ground is frozen.
3. Leave space in front of the next rider on the down. You don't want them holding you up as you hit endless berms.
  • + 2
canadaka Trailforks (Oct 8, 2015 at 16:52)
sweet! We need some photos of this fine work.
  • + 1
EVdad (Apr 12, 2015 at 7:22)
Trail mostly damp with occasional muddy patches and many dry areas.


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  • Other Activities
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  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
More Stats for Awesome Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,567 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,627 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,626 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Ranger Summit
Nov 26, 2022 @ 11:34am
Nov 26, 2022
Lots of ice. Large tree across the path
Nov 12, 2022 @ 1:05pm
Nov 12, 2022
Sugary. Gets worse the farther you go. Pretty much unridable on the climb.
Snakes & Ladders
Oct 18, 2022 @ 7:10am
Oct 18, 2022
Ridgeback 3
Oct 16, 2022 @ 4:05am
Oct 16, 2022
Tom Snow
Sep 19, 2022 @ 8:22am
Sep 19, 2022
rode section paralleling Ridgeback 3 for something "easier" and it was in good condition for Tom Snow. Only complaints would be 1 tree, 2 boggy sections and bushes are beginning to encroach on the trail. Not a bad cruise for a beginner-intermediate rider.
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