2,735 ft
171 ft
-146 ft
Avg time

Ridgeback 1 Details

  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • AKA
    Ridgeback, R1
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #14609 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

Ridgeback is one of the newer trails in Kananaskis and is maintained by the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance. It's a mix of machine-built and hand-built construction, designed to provide an alternative to the perpetual wetness of the Tom Snow trail.

Ridgeback has a bit of everything - smooth dirt, roots, rocks, berms, boardwalks and views - providing a significant challenge for beginners and a fun rip for more advanced riders.

Ridgeback and Tom Snow come together at three points, dividing both trails into four sections, all of which are good in either direction. The parts of Tom Snow that Ridgeback bypasses are almost always wet & muddy.

The first short hand-built section of Ridgeback ("R1") starts at the junction with the Diamond-T loop. It kicks off with a 250' long boardwalk to avoid the mud of Tom Snow (which runs alongside for a stretch before the two trails diverge). At the north end, Ridgeback 1 merges back into Tom Snow for 10m before Ridgeback 2 peels off to the left again.

Access Info

Best accessed from Station Flats. Turn right at the trail head and ride up Tom Snow (aka Diamond-T). Cross the bridge after ~800m and shortly after you'll see the sign marking the start of the trail.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ridgeback 1 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    25 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,736 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,894 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,742 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,767 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,131 ft
  • Distance down
    966 ft
  • Distance flat
    638 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Sep 23, 2018
Avg: 3.65 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to ridgeback-1 trailhead (50.900340, -114.711730)
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Ridgeback 1 Trail Reports


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790 |
Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:29am
Sep 14, 2015
| 1 comments Ridgeback 1, Bragg Creek
433 |
Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:02am
Feb 13, 2015
Ridgeback 1, Calgary

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