15.1 miles
Distance
4,135 ft
Climb
-4,144 ft
Descent
1.2 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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Trails in Route

Diamond T Loop4,629 ft
Sulphur Springs2.1 miles
Pneuma2.9 miles
Moose Mountain Road2.0 miles
Moose Packers1.7 miles
Ridgeback 35.6 miles
Tom Snow1,250 ft

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
    7.1 miles
  • Distance down
    6.9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1.1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
1:29 | 20 | comments: 1 | favs:
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
0:16 | 17 | comments: 0 | favs:
May 11, 2017
This is what you have to ride to get to the good trails. FFS
GoPro: Pneuma Trail 3, Moose Mountain Bragg, Creek
GoPro: Pneuma Trail 3, Moose Mountain Bragg, Creek
trail: Pneuma
123 | comments: 0 | favs:
Oct 3, 2016

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Ridgeback 3
May 26, 2017 @ 11:54am
11 hours
Tom Snow
May 24, 2017 @ 2:34pm
2 days
Mud and fallen trees
Diamond T Loop
May 24, 2017 @ 7:55am
3 days
It's wet in a few spots between Race of Spades and Tom Snow but nothing too bad. Mind the hole at the base of Race of Spades..
Pneuma
May 24, 2017 @ 7:54am
3 days
Dry from Sulphur Springs up
Moose Packers
May 15, 2017 @ 8:10am
May 15, 2017
Some snow past the switch backs to the parking lot. Some snow patches you will have to hike and bike
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