15 miles
Distance
2,819 ft
Climb
-2,813 ft
Descent
1 mile
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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    AM
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More Stats for Moosepackers Loop mountain bike route
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    4,686 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,691 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,698 ft
  • Grade max
    -80.4%
  • Grade min
    41.5%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Tom Snow
      Jan 17, 2021 @ 12:29pm
      18 hours
      Pretty good shape from the north junction with Ridgeback 2 all the way back to Station Flats. Two trees down across the trail near the Ridgeback 1+2 junction, but easy to spot.
      Sulphur Springs
      Jan 17, 2021 @ 12:25pm
      18 hours
      Lots of equestrian traffic has left Sulphur Springs very unpleasant to ride from the Station Flats end. 7-27 looked to have had very little traffic.
      Pneuma
      Jan 2, 2021 @ 11:44pm
      Jan 2, 2021
      Between sulfur springs and parking lot, trail is packed snow, above that it is not well packed by snowshoes and disappears entirely under deep snow drifts.
      Diamond T Loop
      Dec 31, 2020 @ 9:45am
      Dec 31, 2020
      Moose Mountain Road
      Dec 5, 2020 @ 10:54pm
      Dec 5, 2020
      Can ride up easily, some packed snow / ice sections but dirt to ride on most of the way at least the Jean
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