3 miles
Distance
692 ft
Climb
-403 ft
Descent
00:31:18
Avg time

Ridgeback 3 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • AKA
    Ridgeback, R3
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #13637 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 35 in E-Biking
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Year Opened
    2009
  • Land Manager
    AE+P

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 sections, all of which are good in either direction. The parts of Tom Snow that Ridgeback bypasses are almost always wet & muddy.

Ridgeback 3 is the longest and hilliest section of Ridgeback. The middle part runs along the ridge which features some rocky sections. The descent to the south features a number of bermed corners and a section of boardwalk.

Access Info

Access from Bobcat or Snakes & Ladders if coming from West Bragg Creek via Ranger Summit, from Ridgeback R1 & R2 to the south (from Station Flats) or from R4 & Moose Packers to the north. Note that Snakes & Ladders joins Ridgeback 3 in the middle, at the north end of the ridge.

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More Stats for Ridgeback 3 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    289 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,733 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,224 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,733 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,023 ft
  • Grade
    2.2%
  • Grade max
    -48.6%
  • Grade min
    37.9%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3,406 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,411 ft
  • Avg time
    00:31:18
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:40
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on Oct 10, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.9 (20 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to ridgeback-3 trailhead (50.910920, -114.710300)
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      Ridgeback 3 Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 10:16am
      Oct 10, 2020
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 4:16pm
      Sep 26, 2020
      Aug 11, 2020 @ 7:51am
      Aug 11, 2020
      Trail is in great condition.
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 5:56pm
      Jun 22, 2020
      Surprised how good conditions of trails given amount of rain in recent days. Ridgeback, bobcat, strange brew, snakes, all good with a few puddles...
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 3:33pm
      Jun 22, 2020
      Sulphur Springs -> Pneuma -> Moose Packers -> All Ridgebacks: a number of small mud spots. All easily avoidable. Conditions are close...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 223 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 846 rides
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      Photos

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      Oct 6, 2020 @ 2:01pm
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      226 |
      Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:03pm
      Sep 26, 2016
      453 |
      Jul 4, 2013 @ 2:26pm
      Jul 4, 2013

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