3.0 miles
Distance
2 ft
Climb
-1,640 ft
Descent
00:32:09
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
  • 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
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Log Ride
  • Global Ranking
    #7278 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #8305 in E-Biking
    • #91050 in Trail Running
    • #86349 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2003
  • Land Owner
    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.

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More Stats for Special K mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,639 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,779 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,418 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,418 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,780 ft
  • Grade
    -10.5%
  • Grade max
    -82.1%
  • Grade min
    0.9%
  • Distance climb
    243 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    240 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:09
  • Avg reverse time
    01:30:40
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      Special K Trail Reports

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      Sep 23, 2023 @ 10:33am
      Sep 23, 2023
      Sep 17, 2023 @ 2:28am
      Sep 17, 2023
      First 2 km are totally dusty dry and blown out. The rest of it was really good.
      Jun 25, 2023 @ 12:12pm
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      Jun 7, 2023 @ 11:03am
      Jun 7, 2023
      May 27, 2023 @ 1:41pm
      May 27, 2023
      Muddy at the top
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