2 miles
Distance
28 ft
Climb
-1,406 ft
Descent
00:17:33
Avg time

SHAFT Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Moose Mountain
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #5235 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened
    2011

SHAFT stands for Super Happy Awesome Fun Trail. It is a high-speed bermed-corner blue trail that has become popular with the XC/AM crowd as well. SHAFT starts off fairly mellow with some sweeping corners and little hits here and there. As it rolls downhill, you get eased into faster speeds and bigger berms before getting shot out the bottom along the old T-Dub gully. Cross Canyon Creek, high-five everyone in sight with a big ol' grin on your face.

This trail is totally doable on everything in the 120-200mm travel range, including hardtails. Good tires help. Ride don't slide. Good loop options include:
- Pneuma [from Hwy66] to SHAFT and then back on the Hwy or Elbow Valley
- Sulphur Springs to Pneuma to SHAFT to EV to Pneuma to RoS [intense]
- SS to Pneuma to SHAFT to EV to Pneuma to Moosepackers to Ridgeback [hardcore!].

NB: The trail has some loose rock, but it's not like surfing a scree slope. Once you're into the bermed part of the trail, watch your crank placement - the tread has a bit of a v-notch going on and it's possible to catch a pedal on the uphill side in a few spots.

Access Info

If you're shuttling, drive to the end of the Moose mountain road and head directly west towards the gated road to the well site. Push another 100 meters up the gated road where you will find the entrance to T-Dub to your left and the entrance to SHAFT just a few meters past it, also on your left. SHAFT finishes on the last few hundred meters of T-Dub which will then flow onto the Canyon Creek road, where you pedal south (left) towards the Ing’s mine parking lot. where your driver should wait.

If you're riding up Pneuma, exit at Special K [or lower] and take the road to the well site.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for SHAFT mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,378 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,099 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,477 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,477 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,099 ft
  • Grade
    -12.801%
  • Grade max
    -108.661%
  • Grade min
    7.43%
  • Distance climb
    1,451 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    210 ft
  • Avg time
    00:17:33
  • Avg reverse time
    00:07:23
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Status:
on Jul 7, 2020
Wet
Avg: 3.95 (27 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      SHAFT Trail Reports

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      Jul 7, 2020 @ 9:00pm
      Jul 7, 2020
      Jun 24, 2020 @ 6:31pm
      Jun 24, 2020
      Jun 2, 2020 @ 6:21pm
      Jun 2, 2020
      SHAFT is riding really nice! Few patches of snow near the start nothing too serious. Berms and jumps are in great condition as well. Newer section...
      May 28, 2020 @ 12:56pm
      May 28, 2020
      Tried SHAFT on May 27th - turned around after first 50' or so as there was still at least 2ft of snow - could be good lower down, didn't bother...
      Sep 24, 2019 @ 10:06pm
      Sep 24, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 27 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 254 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 748 rides
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      Apr 3, 2020 @ 2:36pm
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      Oct 19, 2019 @ 4:27pm
      Oct 19, 2019
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      Sep 23, 2019 @ 5:39pm
      Sep 23, 2019

      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

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      Pneuma to Shaft Loop - Short
      12 miles
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      13 miles
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      63 miles
      The Big Loop to Shaft!
      15 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Scubes76 (Jul 4, 2020 at 11:48)
       I’m just new to mountain biking so I’m just trying. To get comfortable with being on the bike and riding these trails. I’m not sure if it’s just me but I would say these ratings are very much on the conservative side. In my opinion there’s no way shaft is a blue run. VERY rocky and lots of places to wipe out. I would say this is closer to a black but again I am a beginner. Out of all the trails I’ve ridden at Moose so far, I find 727 the most enjoyable and the smoothest trail but I would even like to find something easier and work my way up.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag StumpHumper45 (Jul 23, 2020 at 11:13)
       I agree with the previous post. SHAFT is not a blue run. My hands can tell you the difference between 727/Family Guy and SHAFT within the first two minutes of SHAFT being much rougher and super steep near the end. If anyone with admin access reads this, please consider changing it. You’ll get someone hurt by being an EnduroBro and saying you’ll be good on a hardtail or even 120mm bikes.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag aka-bigsteve (Jul 23, 2020 at 12:45)
       I disagree- it is a blue on the Moose Mountain scale. Very enjoyable on my 140 mm hardtail. Compared to the WBC blues- yeah, it might be considered a black. The few steep bits are short and easily scoped out, and walked if you are uncomfortable with them. The final steep to Canyon Creek (which I avoid) can be bypassed by keeping left at the merge with T-Dub.
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      • + 1
      flag dihanventer (Jul 24, 2020 at 8:46)
       very true, if you can ride it blind without getting off to scope out steeps, blind drops and features then its a blue. maybe a purple ish blue. but still a blue
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