1.4 miles
362 ft
-432 ft
Avg time

Ridgeback 2 Details

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  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
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    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
  • 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 [+]
    • 85 in E-Biking
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
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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 multi-use 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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,485 ft
  • Distance down
    2,786 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,179 ft
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on Oct 16, 2022
Avg: 3.75 (16 votes)
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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Lisamrobs (Sep 10, 2022 at 10:49)
      Wow, have some love for a classic handbuilt cross country trail. I don’t usually comment, but had to given the negative reviews on this one. All of the Ridgebacks are challenging trails with roots and rocks, punchy climbs, and some tight spots between trees. They are not meant to be flow trails, but if you ride them often, you will find some flow. Over the years they have been given ‘lots of love by CMBA, and are one of the few trails in the area that use boardwalks to avoid swampy areas. It’s a solid blue cross country mountain bike trail; you should ride it.
      • + 0
      mungbean (Jul 25, 2022 at 12:23)
      I’d have to agree that for being what’s supposed to be a mountain bike trail, it’s the worst trail in the area. CMBA has not given much love to this trail over the years. More exposed off camber roots than ever. However it is a necessary evil coming down bobcat, so what you do?

      Use caution after a rain, or you’ll end up in the trees like I did. If you’re an XC diehard with some decent tech skills you’ll like it. Otherwise, you’ll hate it.
      • + 1
      Mindfulplumber (Nov 11, 2021 at 10:59)
      I find this trail very technical and very delightful perfect trail to develop my skills and lots of fun
      • + 0
      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.
      • + 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.
      • + 1
      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.
      • + 1
      bproch (Jun 15, 2020 at 21:02)
      R1 and R2 fun climbs on your way to climb bobcat. Thx whoever built these!
      • + 0
      hizzity (Jun 11, 2019 at 16:59)
      Hands down the worst trail in the area
      • + 1
      ryancartiers (Nov 14, 2021 at 12:55)
      this trail must have changed a lot from this 2019 comment, as it's fine running the suggested north to south direction.
      The second half descent has steps & roots, ending with the board walk.
      If you want more challenge than fun ride up hill roots from the south boardwalk end of trail. A difficult technical uphill section is expected on rugged mountain biking trails.

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