1 miles
Distance
145 ft
Climb
-291 ft
Descent
00:08:25
Avg time

Ridgeback 4 Details

  • 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
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #18665 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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
  • 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
    00:08:25
  • Avg reverse time
    00:13:59
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Status:
on Jan 8, 2019
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Ridgeback 4 Trail Reports

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      Jan 8, 2019 @ 8:10am
      Jan 8, 2019
      Light dusting of snow hiding occasional freeze/thaw ice. Summer bikes are fine, but studs are recommended.
      Sep 11, 2018 @ 5:04pm
      Sep 11, 2018
      Jul 22, 2018 @ 9:24am
      Jul 22, 2018
      A bit overgrown in places but easily rideable
      Jul 17, 2018 @ 7:30pm
      Jul 17, 2018
      reporter Definitely loose.
      Jul 10, 2018 @ 7:22am
      Jul 10, 2018
      Trail is in great shape
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 16 miles avg distance
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      Photos

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      Sep 15, 2018 @ 11:10pm
      Sep 15, 2018
      Ridgeback 4, Calgary
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      Sep 9, 2018 @ 4:04pm
      Sep 9, 2018
      Ridgeback 4, Calgary
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      Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:02pm
      Sep 26, 2016
      Ridgeback 4, Calgary
      78 |
      Sep 26, 2016 @ 1:02pm
      Sep 26, 2016
      Ridgeback 4, Calgary

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