3 miles
Distance
99 ft
Climb
-1,704 ft
Descent
00:34:04
Avg time

Special K Details

  • Riding area
    Moose Mountain
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
    2007
  • Land Manager
    AESRD

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
    00:34:04
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Status:
on Sep 11, 2018
Variable
Avg: 3.75 (17 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to special-k trailhead (50.914990, -114.770480)
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Special K Trail Reports

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Sep 11, 2018 @ 5:04pm
Sep 11, 2018
Aug 29, 2018 @ 1:23pm
Aug 29, 2018
Aug 22, 2018 @ 1:09pm
Aug 22, 2018
Very dry and loose - particularly below the recently done berms after the steep section, the corners are very slippery due to lack of rain - easy...
Jul 22, 2018 @ 9:24am
Jul 22, 2018
Dry and loose, top to bottom is clear of trees, and the lower berms are running great
Jul 15, 2018 @ 4:44pm
Jul 15, 2018
Upper section gets a little more haggard every year. All clear, grippy in spots, mostly loose.
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Aug 30, 2018 @ 3:21pm
Aug 30, 2018
Special K, Bragg Creek
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Aug 30, 2018 @ 3:19pm
Aug 30, 2018
Special K, Bragg Creek
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Jul 28, 2018 @ 6:34pm
Jul 28, 2018
Special K, My City
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Jul 28, 2018 @ 6:33pm
Jul 28, 2018
Special K, My City

Routes with this trail

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Special-K via Ridgeback/Tom Snow Loop
14 miles
The Big Moose Loop
22 miles
Sulphur-Pneuma-SpecialK-TomSnow Loop
11 miles
SS to Special K
12 miles

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 3
flag Gluz (Oct 20, 2014 at 21:46)
 Was running amazingly well this past weekend.
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  • + 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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