Ridgeback 1 Details
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.
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.
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More Stats for Ridgeback 1 mountain bike trail
Altitude change25 ft
Altitude min4,736 ft
Altitude max4,894 ft
Altitude start4,742 ft
Altitude end4,767 ft
Distance climb1,131 ft
Distance down966 ft
Distance flat638 ft
Avg reverse time00:04:32
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Ridgeback 1 Trail Reports
Feb 4, 2017 @ 8:23pmFeb 4, 2017
|A couple fallen trees along the boardwalk coming off of Diamond T. Good traction along the whole trail with a few slick climbs and corners....|
Dec 21, 2016 @ 7:17amDec 21, 2016
|Rode this on Dec. 20. Generally good tread for fatbike.|
Nov 7, 2016 @ 7:37pmNov 7, 2016
|Dry July trail conditions in November. one sticky spot.|
Oct 23, 2016 @ 5:25pmOct 23, 2016
|Moist in the shaded areas. Roots can be slippery.|
Oct 16, 2016 @ 7:51pmOct 16, 2016
|Really wet on any east or north aspects, or shaded sections|
Routes with this trail
|Banded Peak Competitive Track 2016 race||18.6 miles|
|StationRidgeBobRangerSnakes Loop part 1||10.5 miles|
|StationRidgeBobRangerSnakes Loop part 2||2.6 miles|
|Snagmore-Stick It-Ridgeback||10.0 miles|
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