4.2 miles
650 ft
-591 ft
3,977 ft
High Point

2021 #RideCMBA Nosehill short loop. Showcases some of Nosehills better single track trails near the Calgary Winter Club parking. Three loops can be made using Secret Policeman's Ball, ZC-DT, Tom Collins and the trails that interconnect them. Tom Collins is the highlight, so make sure to ride that one

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#RideCMBA Nosehill Short Loop is a 4 mile popular intermediate route located near Calgary Alberta. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a easy overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 650 ft with a max elevation of 3,977 ft then descends -591 ft.
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11 Reviews & Comments

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excel (Jun 25, 2021 at 14:59)
Trail ZC-DT
Really good trail. One of the most interesting descents at Nose Hill. Should also be a "Nose Hill black" graded trail to fit the other revisions that have been made.
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mantistoboggan939 (Apr 27, 2021 at 20:18)
Trail ZC-DT
Fun ripper, keep those pedals level in the long rut.
Then open er up while it's not too grown in.
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ryancartiers (Sep 24, 2020 at 21:46)
fun trail when you're rippin' - treacherous 'holes' beside it if you're going too fast to stay on it, held it together though
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ryancartiers (Sep 24, 2020 at 21:42)
Trail ZC-DT
Great trail, one of my favourites on the SE of park
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dampyak (Jul 24, 2020 at 13:58)
Trail ZC-DT
Needs some maintenance. Deep narrow track and long grass. Better in early spring before grass gets high and you can’t see.
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kbbbike (Apr 19, 2020 at 9:02)
Early morning ride today on Nose Hill. Cold temps kept the mud frozen, but the steep sections of SPB were a bit hard to get uphill traction. Once warmer, probably mud.
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aka-bigsteve (Sep 21, 2017 at 20:17)
I'm thinking that this is the trail that was being widened and covered in pea-gravel by the city, last time I rode Nose which was about two weeks ago? Thereby making it prone to gullying like all those other gravelled trails on hillsides up there.
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sparkman (Sep 25, 2017 at 16:50)
I'll try to check it out this week and will update it if it's now a gravel trail. There's another one that's being done by the bridge over John Laurie. I wish the city would stop doing that. Not sure why their spending money on it as few if any people seem to want the gravel.
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Neater (Sep 3, 2017 at 22:47)
Trail ZC-DT
Holy crap this thing is fun but scary it's like nothing you would think Is on nose hill. It's like you went to cop for a bit. But once you get down it's a steep climb back up to ride it again.
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davidmartinpinkbike (Mar 22, 2016 at 12:04)
Trail ZC-DT
I have come to know this trail as Porcupine trail, with the name coming from my numerous porcupine encounters on this trail. beware the porcupine. likes to chill in the middle of the trail. lol
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Trognonathon (Oct 16, 2014 at 22:15)
Trail ZC-DT
I'm actually so happy that I found this, this fits flawlessly into the line I usually ride on nose hill. Hope to see you out there!

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More Stats for #RideCMBA Nosehill Short Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,741 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,761 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,819 ft
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    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,808 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Secret Policeman's Ball
Oct 2, 2022 @ 3:12pm
Oct 2, 2022
Collingwood Climb
Sep 28, 2022 @ 3:43pm
Sep 28, 2022
Just before the steepest part of the hill, there is a lot of loose gravel, so there is no way you could get up this with a wheelchair. If the trail were dry and you had assistance, then perhaps it would be possible. At least there is no cross slope.
Tom Collins
May 11, 2022 @ 4:21pm
May 11, 2022
Bootsy Collins
May 11, 2022 @ 4:21pm
May 11, 2022
May 1, 2022 @ 8:47am
May 1, 2022
Just at the bottom of the gorge there's a lot of marbles, it's quite loose.
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