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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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    3
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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      MooseDuro 2018
      MooseDuro 2018
      3:22 | 370 | comments: 2 | favs: 3
      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
      15:35 | 131 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Jun 16, 2017
      @boyblue1973, @Halfx
      Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
      Ridgeback 3 from YYCMTB
      1:29 | 163 | comments: 1 | favs:
      May 11, 2017
      This is a poorly shot edit of the Ridgeback 3 descent from the junction with Snakes & Ladders.

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Sulphur Springs
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 2:08pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Covered with packed snow until the first climb. Some icy patches, no issues riding with summer tires.
      Pneuma
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 2:08pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Moose Packers
      Jan 8, 2019 @ 8:10am
      Jan 8, 2019
      Long sections of relatively deep but hard packed and windblown snow throughout. Summer bikes are fine, but studs are recommended due to occasional icy sections.
      Ridgeback 3
      Jan 8, 2019 @ 8:10am
      Jan 8, 2019
      Light dusting of snow hiding occasional freeze/thaw ice. Summer bikes are fine, but studs are recommended.
      Diamond T Loop
      Sep 11, 2018 @ 6:04pm
      Sep 11, 2018
      Covered in cow patties! :(
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