Special K Details
Riding areaMoose Mountain
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Bike typeAM, XC
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyDouble Black Diamond
TTFs on trailBridge, Jump
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 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 min4,783 ft
Altitude max6,412 ft
Altitude start6,388 ft
Altitude end4,783 ft
Distance climb1,839 ft
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat292 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Special K Trail Reports
Sep 11, 2018 @ 5:04pmSep 11, 2018
Aug 29, 2018 @ 1:23pmAug 29, 2018
Aug 22, 2018 @ 1:09pmAug 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 @ 9:24amJul 22, 2018
|Dry and loose, top to bottom is clear of trees, and the lower berms are running great|
Jul 15, 2018 @ 4:44pmJul 15, 2018
|Upper section gets a little more haggard every year. All clear, grippy in spots, mostly loose.|
Routes with this trail
|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|