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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    Both Directions
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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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Moose Mountain Road, Family Guy Trail
Moose Mountain Road, Family Guy Trail
15:35 | 109 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jun 16, 2017
@boyblue1973, @Halfx
Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
1:29 | 147 | 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 | 124 | comments: 0 | favs:
May 11, 2017
This is what you have to ride to get to the good trails. FFS

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Sulphur Springs
Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:22am
Aug 7, 2018
Trail has mild amounts of mud in the usual spots and is drying up fast. the rest of the trail is absolutely perfect with a good tack to it. Pivot Cycles Demo crew was out on Saturday. Great ride.
Ridgeback 3
Jul 30, 2018 @ 5:27pm
Jul 30, 2018
I just rode it in the rain and it will dry quickly. a few puddles.
Tom Snow
Jul 26, 2018 @ 6:29am
Jul 26, 2018
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.
Moose Packers
Jul 22, 2018 @ 9:24am
Jul 22, 2018
A couple of the switchback corners are pretty blown out, only a problem if descending
Jul 15, 2018 @ 4:46pm
Jul 15, 2018
Clear from the shortcut to RoS.
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