15 miles
Distance
4,135 ft
Climb
-4,144 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Ride at your own risk. Cell phone service is spotty once you get on to Moosepackers Trail and Ridgeback.

This is a classic ride, updated for modern times. From Station Flats, ride Elbow Valley to Sulphur Springs, and then climb up Pneuma. Feel free to bail to the road if Pneuma isn't working for you. You can stay on Pneuma all the way to the end, or if you took the road from Special K, Race of Spades or lower, continue on the road until you get to the top. On your right will be a gravel access road with a gate. This is the trail to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout. Follow that until the turnoff to Moosepackers appears on your right [there's a sign], at the bottom of a long gravel downhill. Moosepackers leads into Ridgeback and back to Station Flats.

Just shy of 25 km, fast riders will get it done in less than 2.5 hours, but it can take much longer if you have mechanicals, or cough up a lung on Pneuma. The original loop involved taking Sulphur Springs and then heading directly up the road. Once you got to the bottom of Moosepackers you would take the access road to Tom Snow and ride that all the way back.

The vast majority of people ride this loop clockwise. It can be done counter-clockwise, but that eliminates almost all the fun downhills, which would suck.

Check the individual trail descriptions for more details.

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Moosepackers Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,693 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,729 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,720 ft
  • Grade max
    -46.699%
  • Grade min
    36.423%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Moose Mountain Road, Family Guy Trail
Moose Mountain Road, Family Guy Trail
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Jun 16, 2017
@boyblue1973, @Halfx
Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
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May 11, 2017
This is a poorly shot edit of the Ridgeback 3 descent from the junction with Snakes & Ladders.
Tom Snow
Tom Snow
trail: Tom Snow
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May 11, 2017
This is what you have to ride to get to the good trails. FFS

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Pneuma
Dec 10, 2017 @ 4:35pm
Dec 10, 2017
Mix of mostly dry dirt and some snow/ice from Sulphur to Race of Spades.
Sulphur Springs
Dec 10, 2017 @ 4:25pm
Dec 10, 2017
Lots of ice from the junction with Elbow Valley to the bottom of the climb. The climb is mostly dry. There is a tree across the bypass trail, but it's in a slow section. reporter
Moose Packers
Oct 20, 2017 @ 7:00am
Oct 20, 2017
Downed trees removed on Oct 19. Damp at the top, tacky towards the bottom. Braaaap!
reporter
Ridgeback 3
Oct 20, 2017 @ 6:57am
Oct 20, 2017
Tacky soil conditions, grip it and rip it! Downed trees removed on Oct. 19
reporter
Tom Snow
Oct 7, 2017 @ 7:28pm
Oct 7, 2017
Small tree down across trail, can ride over or around. This is in between start the sections of R3. Trail from Bobcat & R3 is mostly dry and tacky. Some damp sections. Nearer R4, the boggy section is - kind of wet, but likely can ride through the makeshift log pathway if you have enough speed. Otherwise, the trail is in pretty good shape. Also, this section of the trail from R3 to R4 for Tom Snow, it's a bit overgrown since hardly anyone rides this trail. Everyone now rides Braggin Rights to Merlin.
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