2.0 miles
28 ft
-1,406 ft
Avg time

SHAFT Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Moose Mountain
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #2901 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #8306 in E-Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened

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.

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More Stats for SHAFT mountain bike trail 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,451 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    210 ft
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on Oct 17, 2021
Avg: 4.05 (36 votes)

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  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      SHAFT Trail Reports

      Oct 17, 2021 @ 10:19pm
      Oct 17, 2021
      Some minor wet spots, but most of it is very dry, pretty loose & dusty.
      Sep 17, 2021 @ 7:43pm
      Sep 17, 2021
      Other than some icy bits on the first couple turns, it's in great condition
      Sep 6, 2021 @ 10:04am
      Sep 6, 2021
      Aug 22, 2021 @ 9:08am
      Aug 22, 2021
      Aug 6, 2021 @ 10:45am
      Aug 6, 2021
      Starting to get dusty and dry in the lower sections otherwise loads of grip
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 28 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 478 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      • 1,596 rides


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      108 |
      Apr 18, 2021 @ 12:28pm
      Apr 18, 2021
      49 |
      Sep 1, 2020 @ 8:42pm
      Sep 1, 2020
      184 |
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 2:36pm
      Apr 3, 2020
      145 |
      Apr 3, 2020 @ 2:34pm
      Apr 3, 2020

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • - 1
      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.
      • - 1
      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.
      • + 3
      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.
      • + 1
      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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