1.0 miles
145 ft
-291 ft
Avg time

Ridgeback 4 Details

  • Riding area
  • 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.

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More Stats for Ridgeback 4 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -146 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,085 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.0 miles
  • 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 28, 2016
Avg: 3.5 (4 votes)

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Ridgeback 4 Trail Reports

Oct 28, 2016 @ 2:13pm
Oct 28, 2016
Great fall conditions. A few sections of snow/ice but nothing significant. Watch for snow/ice on wood section.
Sep 4, 2016 @ 9:04am
Sep 4, 2016
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:54pm
Aug 30, 2016
Minor Water drainage issue, standing water on trail surface
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:28am
Apr 18, 2016
One tree down near the end of the trail but otherwise the trail is dry and in great condition.
Apr 17, 2016 @ 6:52am
Apr 17, 2016
The trail is in great shape.
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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

Routes with this trail

Banded Peak Competitive Track 2016 race
18.6 miles
Banded Peak Challenge 2016
10.1 miles
Moose Mtn - moosepackers loop
15.0 miles

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