1 mile
Distance
145 ft
Climb
-291 ft
Descent
00:08:22
Avg time

Ridgeback 4 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • AKA
    R4
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #18665 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in E-Biking
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 55 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Year Opened
    2010
  • Land Manager
    AE&P

The northernmost section of Ridgeback ("R4") is 300m north of Ridgeback 3. Tom Snow forks to the right for a 800m section that, while always wet and muddy, makes an alternative to the climb up R4 (turn left and climb up the mountain road until you reach the other end of R4). R4 meets the bottom of Moose Packers near the Shell gas valve station.

R4 is mostly fast and buff from north to south, with some short climbs at the south end. Easily the most buff and flowy part of the Ridgeback trails.

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 R3 to the south, Moose Packers to the west, or maybe the mountain road or Tom Snow to the east.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Ridgeback 4 bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -146 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,085 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,333 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,333 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,187 ft
  • Grade max
    -21.199%
  • Grade min
    27.844%
  • Distance climb
    1,553 ft
  • Distance down
    3,499 ft
  • Distance flat
    256 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:22
  • Avg reverse time
    00:15:30
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Status:
on Oct 10, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 3.65 (11 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
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  • 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
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      Directions to ridgeback-4 trailhead (50.926440, -114.754870)
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      Ridgeback 4 Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 10:16am
      Oct 10, 2020
      Sep 18, 2020 @ 8:58am
      Sep 18, 2020
      Aug 11, 2020 @ 7:51am
      Aug 11, 2020
      Trail is in great condition.
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 11:13am
      Jul 20, 2020
      Nice ride.
      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
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 160 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 852 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      7 |
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 10:22pm
      Aug 18, 2020
      32 |
      Sep 15, 2018 @ 11:10pm
      Sep 15, 2018
      28 |
      Sep 9, 2018 @ 4:04pm
      Sep 9, 2018
      100 |
      Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:02pm
      Sep 26, 2016

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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Gonnad (Aug 6, 2020 at 21:04)
       Ridden today dry I took Tom Snow back to the mountain road a few wet patches but ok.
      [Reply]

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