1.4 miles
Distance
362 ft
Climb
-432 ft
Descent
00:16:12
Avg time

Ridgeback 2 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • AKA
    R2
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #4533 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9536 in E-Biking
    • #9105 in Trail Running
    • #6127 in Hiking
    • #866 in Horseback
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
    • 90 in Horseback
  • Land Manager
    AE&P

R2 starts a few metres north of the end of Ridgeback 1. This hand-built trail climbs and descends a few times as it weaves its way around the hillside. Plenty of roots and some berms as well. The section of Tom Snow that parallels it is much shorter but features a steep &#$*ing hill and a boggy meadow. At the north end, R2 meets Tom Snow just before the bridge over Ranger creek. Turn left, cross the bridge and after 100m you'll reach the junction with Bobcat. Keep left and continue up the hill for another 250m to reach the start of R3 on the right.

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 and Tom Snow come together at three points, dividing both trails into four main sections, all of which are good in either direction. You can mix and match sections of the two trails to extend or shorten your ride. Note that the parts of Tom Snow that Ridgeback bypasses almost always have standing water, mud puddles and downed trees across them.

Access Info

Access from Ridgeback 1, Ridgeback 3, or Bobcat from Ranger Summit or Sugar Mama.

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More Stats for Ridgeback 2 bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -70 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,697 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,031 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,767 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,697 ft
  • Grade max
    -24.087%
  • Grade min
    25.058%
  • Distance climb
    2,485 ft
  • Distance down
    2,786 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,179 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:12
  • Avg reverse time
    00:20:16
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on Oct 9, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 3.65 (14 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 19 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 592 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 2,036 rides
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      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      hizzity (Jun 11, 2019 at 16:59)
       Hands down the worst trail in the area
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      • + 0
      bproch (Jun 15, 2020 at 21:02)
       R1 and R2 fun climbs on your way to climb bobcat. Thx whoever built these!
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      • + 0
      ttCalg (Jun 27, 2020 at 10:21)
       Just to counter the ‘worst trail in the area’ comment in case visitors get the idea that it is not a quality trail. It has rooty sections but is decently fun with a few smaller climbs. More importantly it is a good connector to get to bobcat and ridgeback 3 and 4. If you do all the ridgebacks it makes for a decent out and back.
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      • + 1
      aka-bigsteve (Jun 28, 2020 at 15:08)
       Initially I would have tended to agree more with Hizzity- I was pretty disappointed in R2 as an alternative to Tom Snow. I've come around now to actually enjoying it on it's own terms as a useful, and yes, fun (ish) connector.
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      Gonnad (Aug 22, 2020 at 21:03)
       Roots lots and lots of roots, I did this trail after coming down Bobcat, not my idea of fun but each to there own, had there been less roots the trail would of had a nice flow to it. It might be a better ride going to Bobcat from R1.
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