3 miles
Distance
99 ft
Climb
-1,704 ft
Descent
00:34:06
Avg time

Special K Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Moose Mountain
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Log Ride
  • Global Ranking
    #16142 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in E-Biking
    • 65 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2003
  • Land Manager
    AEP

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
    6,412 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,388 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,783 ft
  • Grade
    -10.268%
  • Grade max
    -71.49%
  • Grade min
    12.127%
  • Distance climb
    1,839 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    292 ft
  • Avg time
    00:34:06
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Status:
on Jul 25, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 3.85 (25 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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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • 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
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • 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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      Special K Trail Reports

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      Jul 25, 2020 @ 10:54am
      Jul 25, 2020
      Jul 3, 2020 @ 3:01pm
      Jul 3, 2020
      Jul 3, 2020 @ 3:01pm
      Jul 3, 2020
      May 29, 2020 @ 5:04pm
      May 29, 2020
      Steeps are very snowy and patches of snow continue for the first 1/3 of the trail, then clear
      Sep 19, 2019 @ 5:05pm
      Sep 19, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 100 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
      All
      • 598 rides
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      Photos

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      Apr 3, 2020 @ 2:36pm
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      179 |
      Jun 5, 2019 @ 1:04pm
      Jun 5, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      Bragg EPIC with Special K
      37 miles
      Some old and new
      53 miles
      727 Special
      16 miles
      Special-K via Ridgeback/Tom Snow Loop
      14 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      flag Gluz (Oct 20, 2014 at 21:46)
       Was running amazingly well this past weekend.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Gasket-Jeff (May 30, 2016 at 6:42)
       Rode much of moose on sat. k was by far in the best shape
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag traviswbrown82 (Aug 24, 2019 at 6:26)
       This isnt a wet weather trail. The top km will take your mere 35% traction on the sharp jagged rock, moss, pine needles and bring it down to a mere 5 or 10%. That being said, special k is a good rip on when the sun is out. Happy hucking guys!
      [Reply]

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