1.4 miles
362 ft
-432 ft
Avg time

Ridgeback 2 Details

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    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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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 mountain bike 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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,485 ft
  • Distance down
    2,786 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,179 ft
  • Avg time
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on Feb 4, 2017
Avg: 3.65 (6 votes)

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Ridgeback 2 Trail Reports

Feb 4, 2017 @ 8:23pm
Feb 4, 2017
Mainly hardpack conditions with a light dusting of fresh snow. Good traction along the whole trail with a few slick climbs and corners. Recommend...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 7:15am
Dec 21, 2016
Rode this on Dec 20. Generally agreeable tread for fatbike.
Oct 23, 2016 @ 5:26pm
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
Sep 26, 2016 @ 12:58pm
Sep 26, 2016
Rode Ridgeback this morning - great Fall conditions. R1 and R2 vary from tacky to dry, with puddles and a bit of mud in some spots. I also...
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Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:04pm
Sep 26, 2016
Ridgeback 2, Calgary
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Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:04pm
Sep 26, 2016
Ridgeback 2, Calgary

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