15 miles
4,135 ft
-4,144 ft
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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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
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
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MooseDuro 2018
MooseDuro 2018
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Oct 1, 2018
2018 MooseDuro presented by Alberta 66 Mountain Biking Brakeless, Family Guy (short), Jean Guy (long) and Race of Spades
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
1:29 | 159 | comments: 1 | favs:
May 11, 2017
This is a poorly shot edit of the Ridgeback 3 descent from the junction with Snakes & Ladders.

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