3.0 miles
99 ft
-1,704 ft
Avg time

Special K Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

Special K is the original downhill-specific trail built off of Moose Mountain Road and has morphed into a proper all-mountain trail. There’s no time to ease into this one, as the trail begins with a few steep pitches and ruts before you’re quickly met with an optional man-made drop. The trail grade begins to mellow out and you’re treated to a fast and flowy section before another bridge crossing. Past the last bridge, the trees begin to tighten and the trail flies through the forest. Be ready for that one uphill mid-trail - this is an AM trail after all! After threading the needle through the trees you're rewarded with mid-trail berms, before eventually reaching the final bridge crossing with the notorious "Wet Yer Pants" option.

At the end you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Tom Snow trail. Time to raise the saddle and pedal south (to your right) to the Station Flats parking lot. You can continue on Tom Snow or take Ridgeback out.

While this trail can be ridden on most any bike you can find, you’ll probably enjoy it most on a mid-travel all-mountain type of bike, making the best out of the techy descents and yet not punishing you too much on the pedal out!

Special K has a split personality - the first km is old-school FR/DH, and much steeper than something like SHAFT or Race of Spades. Once you're past that second bridge, it turns into a mellow ride with some berms here and there.

Note: Logging in the area introduced 2 road crossings in the trail. The road was reclaimed in the late Fall of 2016 but still do exercise caution crossing. At each crossing the trail connects directly across the road.

Access Info

Access to this trail is typically from Pneuma or the Moose Mountain Road. If you're riding up Pneuma, Special K is the next trail above Race of Spades. If you're on the road, access is at the high point of the road, where there's a small service road going up to the right and back. If you start being able to coast down the road, you've gone too far.

To ride this trail as a shuttle, park in the main parking area at the top of the Moose Mountain road. Pedal down the road a few hundred meters until you see a small road branching off to the east for a pipeline station. The trail drops in immediately to the right of the small shack located there. You’ll finish your ride at Station flats day-use area, so leave your retrieval vehicle in the parking lot there.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Special K mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,605 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,783 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude end
    4,783 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,839 ft
  • Distance down
    2.6 miles
  • Distance flat
    292 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 24, 2016
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.9 (13 votes)

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Special K Trail Reports

Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:28pm
Oct 24, 2016
The steep section still has a lot of snow on it.
Oct 22, 2016 @ 12:37pm
Oct 22, 2016
Old, crusty snow for the first .5km, otherwise awesome.
May 29, 2016 @ 4:51pm
May 29, 2016
Trail is mint right now. Freshly raked and 2 new catcher berms after the initial steeps.
May 16, 2016 @ 8:41pm
May 16, 2016
Snow for first bit. Very slippery/greasy. Rest of trail is good
May 16, 2016 @ 8:40pm
May 16, 2016
Snow for first bit of trail, very slippery/greasy. Rest of trail is in good shape
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Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:39pm
Oct 10, 2014
Special K, Calgary
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Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:38pm
Oct 10, 2014
Special K, Calgary
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Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:37pm
Oct 10, 2014
Special K, Calgary
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Aug 31, 2014 @ 4:53pm
Aug 31, 2014
Special K, Bragg Creek

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 3
flag Gluz (Oct 20, 2014 at 21:46)
 Was running amazingly well this past weekend.
  • + 1
flag Gasket-Jeff (May 30, 2016 at 6:42)
 Rode much of moose on sat. k was by far in the best shape

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