1.0 mile
Distance
145 ft
Climb
-291 ft
Descent
00:08:30
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
  • 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
    #35737 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9778 in E-Biking
    • #6554 in Trail Running
    • #17287 in Hiking
    • #479 in Horseback
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in E-Biking
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
    • 95 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.

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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
    00:08:30
  • Avg reverse time
    00:13:09
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on May 2, 2022
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Avg: 3.65 (12 votes)

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  • Snow Packed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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      Ridgeback 4 Trail Reports

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      May 2, 2022 @ 4:22pm
      May 2, 2022
      Cleared roughly 20 fallen trees on May 2. RB4 is pretty much dry and good to go with short rideable snow patches. Also removed 4 from the bottom...
      Feb 13, 2022 @ 9:56am
      Feb 13, 2022
      Trees down still.
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 5:04pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      Jul 28, 2021 @ 12:33pm
      Jul 28, 2021
      Oct 10, 2020 @ 10:16am
      Oct 10, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 6 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,090 rides
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      Photos

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      22 |
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 10:22pm
      Aug 18, 2020
      45 |
      Sep 15, 2018 @ 11:10pm
      Sep 15, 2018
      37 |
      Sep 9, 2018 @ 4:04pm
      Sep 9, 2018
      110 |
      Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:02pm
      Sep 26, 2016

      Routes with this trail

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      titledistance
      Moose Mtn - Moosepackers loop15 miles
      Moose Packers Loop15 miles
      Moose MTN Summit and Ice Caves27 miles
      Ridgepackers Special Loop16 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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]
      • + 0
      iphonefreddy (May 28, 2021 at 21:48)
       What a beauty! Nice and dry
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      Videos

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      GoPro: Downhill Mountain Biking in Ridgeback...
      478 | Oct 21, 2015 , Bragg Creek
      Edmonton Pinoy MTB, Downhill Mountain Biking...
      473 | Oct 19, 2015 , Bragg Creek
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