3 miles
Distance
406 ft
Climb
-1,658 ft
Descent
00:25:30
Avg time

Family Guy Details

  • Riding Area
    Moose Mountain
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • AKA
    FG
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #12277 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2013
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Environment and Parks

Family Guy was originally built as an easy DH trail, but has evolved into a 2-way multi-use trail. Due to its western exposure, it is one of the first trails to dry out in the Moose area every year. There are a few optional jumps and some rocky sections, but the trail is largely devoid of TTFs. It is less technical than SHAFT or even Pneuma. When descending this trail, don't be surprised to see somebody riding or hiking up it. When climbing, you are almost guaranteed to encounter someone on their way down. Horse traffic is rare.

Family Guy is divided into 4 sections:
- Segment 1 is marked with a sign on a tree on the West side of the Moose Mountain road about 200m down the road from the Jean Guy trail head. It is a sweet and mellow single track though spruce and pine forest. There are some tight spots in the trees for those with wide bars, but this will just prepare you for the tight spots on the more difficult trails.
- Segment 2 starts at the entrance to Toothless and shares the Toothless trail for the first 300 meters. At this point Toothless descends steeply to the right and Family Guy continues as a smooth fast trail through open areas, spruce and pine and then aspen forests.
- Segment 3 from Billy Dog down to the junction with Elbow Valley Trail and on to Ing’s Mine parking lot is the longest and most varied segment. There is a mix of vegetation types including lots of open meadows, where you will be treated to abundant wild flowers and great views of the valley below and mountains beyond. Stop and take a moment to enjoy the views and consider that this trail was entirely bench cut by hand. This section includes a couple of wood bridges and boardwalks and a couple switchbacks that may challenge a true beginner. You should be able to ride “crux corner” with confidence before venturing onto the more difficult trails.
- Family Guy ends at a T intersection with Elbow Valley Trail. Turn right and continue downhill to ride about 300m to the Ing’s Mine Parking located just across Canyon Creek. Due to seasonal and rain-storm event fluctuations in water levels of Canyon creek, it is advised to check the creek crossing at Ing’s Mine before biking down Family Guy to ensure an easy crossing.

Access Info

Upper access to Family Guy starts down the road about 200m from the entrance to Jean Guy. It can be ridden as a connector trail to Toothless, SLF or Billy Dog making these trails longer and consolidating parking at the Jean Guy trail head which is the best place to park for all these trails.
Lower access to the trail begins ~100m to the east of Canyon Creek at an intersection with the Elbow Valley trail.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Family Guy bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,252 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,874 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,136 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,136 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,884 ft
  • Grade
    -8.146%
  • Grade max
    -42.669%
  • Grade min
    27.589%
  • Distance climb
    3,617 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    125 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:30
  • Avg reverse time
    00:46:42
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Status:
on Jan 13, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.8 (24 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • < 50%
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  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Family Guy Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Jan 13, 2019 @ 11:37am
      Jan 13, 2019
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 11:44am
      Jan 12, 2019
      Unbelievable January conditions. Literally dusty in some spots!
      Jan 12, 2019 @ 10:31am
      Jan 12, 2019
      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.
      Jan 6, 2019 @ 2:24pm
      Jan 6, 2019
      A couple ice patches but 90% dirt. Running fantastic!
      view all reports »

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      • 11 miles avg distance
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Drewdietze (May 23, 2017 at 7:46)
       Family guy is quite tight between trees with plenty of small rocks to navigate. This is not a beginner blue trail as you can gain speed quite quickly but must stay on a narrow dusty path with a steep roll down the mountain on your right side (when going downhill). Again, if you stay slower and under control you can manage past some smaller rocks on the trail but this really is for more advanced riders. We saw a family of 5 coming up who were apparently going to ride down and I couldn't believe it.
      Anyways, you better have good brakes and strong hands (unless you have hydraulics) becau because you'll be on them most of the ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag EdmontonMountainBikeAlliance EMBA (May 23, 2017 at 9:00)
       @Drewdietze you make some good points and under the IMBA guidelines www.imbacanada.com/resources/maps/trail-difficulty-ratings
      this trail would likely be rated more difficult however compared to all the other trails in the system and the intention of the trail (learn to downhill) I think it is rated correctly.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag shlotch (Sep 12, 2018 at 10:39)
       Also worth noting that, while it is listed as blue here, the trail signage reads as green. This makes sense in the context of the area as it is a noticeably easier trail than other blues in the Moose area. Something to keep in mind for newer riders tackling the Moose blues for the first time.

      As intended, Family Guy does a great job bridging the gap from more XC-oriented riding in the K-country region to the DH specific trails at Moose Mountain. A good starting point before moving onto the more intermediate trails in the area.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Jzanon1 (Jun 24, 2018 at 17:19)
       Trail is in good condition but make sure you slow down for the cattle gate if your biking with your dog. The gate is on the lower section of the trail near the end.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 9:57)
       fun, you can really let the brakes go
      [Reply]

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