1 miles
145 ft
-291 ft
Avg time

Ridgeback 4 Details

  • Riding area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • AKA
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

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 mountain bike 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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,553 ft
  • Distance down
    3,499 ft
  • Distance flat
    256 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 20, 2017
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to ridgeback-4 trailhead (50.926440, -114.754870)
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Ridgeback 4 Trail Reports

Oct 20, 2017 @ 6:59am
Oct 20, 2017
Tacky, grippy conditions. All downed trees removed Oct 19
Oct 7, 2017 @ 7:25pm
Oct 7, 2017
It's pretty dry in there and a bit overgrown at beginning/end of trail. Really nice! Going back to R3 is the best part.
Jul 17, 2017 @ 3:02pm
Jul 17, 2017
Conditions are perfect.
Jun 26, 2017 @ 8:12am
Jun 26, 2017
Dry and Perfect. 2 Trees felled near the end (or beginning if approaching from moosepackers end) Not bunny hoppable, as they are together and...
Jun 5, 2017 @ 8:46pm
Jun 5, 2017
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Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:02pm
Sep 26, 2016
Ridgeback 4, Calgary
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Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:02pm
Sep 26, 2016
Ridgeback 4, Calgary

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