2,735 ft
171 ft
-146 ft
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Ridgeback 1 Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Ridgeback, R1
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • 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 mountain 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
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on Feb 4, 2017
Avg: 3.85 (6 votes)

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Ridgeback 1 Trail Reports

Feb 4, 2017 @ 8:23pm
Feb 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 @ 7:17am
Dec 21, 2016
Rode this on Dec. 20. Generally good tread for fatbike.
Nov 7, 2016 @ 7:37pm
Nov 7, 2016
Dry July trail conditions in November. one sticky spot.
Oct 23, 2016 @ 5:25pm
Oct 23, 2016
Moist in the shaded areas. Roots can be slippery.
Oct 16, 2016 @ 7:51pm
Oct 16, 2016
Really wet on any east or north aspects, or shaded sections
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Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:29am
Sep 14, 2015
| 1 comments Ridgeback 1, Bragg Creek
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Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:02am
Feb 13, 2015
Ridgeback 1, Calgary

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