3 miles
Distance
177 ft
Climb
-636 ft
Descent
00:32:52
Avg time

Tom Snow Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    All year
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #47927 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback

Tom Snow connects Hwy 68 at the Dawson trailhead to Hwy 66 in the south at Station Flats. It has been around since the 70s [at least]. It is not particularly bike-friendly during the spring/summer/fall, largely because it runs beside/over creeks, springs and seeps for most of its length. The water makes a muddy trail, but lots of cows and horses make it far worse. In the 90s, the chunk between Moosepackers and Station Flats dried out for a couple of weeks each summer [and it was AWESOME], but it doesn't seem to do that anymore.

Maintenance of the trail is theoretically the responsibility of Alberta Parks, but it doesn't get much love. Trails that do use it as a connector to other trails, [i.e. Ridgeback, Special K, Cox Hill DH] tend to pick the driest sections and the maintainers of those trails are more likely to clear downed trees and such.

Overall, expect Tom Snow to be a boggy mess 99% of the time. It's probably okay when frozen over, but don't bet on it.

Access Info

Access from Station Flats trailhead off of Hwy 66 [south], turn right [north] at the start of the Diamond T Loop. Tom Snow starts at the junction of Diamond T and Ridgeback 1.
Access from the Dawson Equestrian trailhead off of the Powderface Trail from Hwy 68.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Tom Snow bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -460 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,696 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,220 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,189 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,731 ft
  • Grade
    -2.6%
  • Grade max
    -42.7%
  • Grade min
    28.8%
  • Distance climb
    3,658 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    518 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:52
  • Avg reverse time
    01:11:32
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Status:
on Jul 15, 2020
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 1.6 (10 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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  • 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
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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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      Tom Snow Trail Reports

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      Jul 15, 2020 @ 12:43pm
      Jul 15, 2020
      Still very muddy. Best bet is to take Ridgeback.
      Jun 14, 2020 @ 2:01pm
      Jun 14, 2020
      Sep 8, 2018 @ 3:44pm
      Sep 8, 2018
      Bear signage and a moose carcass in one of the meadows. Not worth the risk to ride. Kestrel is ridable to TS, but then you have to suffer the...
      Jul 26, 2018 @ 6:29am
      Jul 26, 2018
      Bear Closure - Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop July 24, 2018 Effective Date: July 24, 2018 until further notice Where: Tom Snow...
      Jul 6, 2018 @ 2:38pm
      Jul 6, 2018
      Does it ever dry out and not be muddy? High spots are fine. Low spots are mud
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 7 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      • 23 rides
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag psingbeil (May 24, 2017 at 14:26)
       Rode it yesterday evening. Lots of mud and fallen trees
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag psingbeil (Jul 26, 2018 at 6:26)
       Bear Closure - Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop
      July 24, 2018
      Effective Date: July 24, 2018 until further notice
      Where: Tom Snow Trail from Mountain Road to Moose Loop
      Why: Bears feeding on carcass

      The sign that shows the closure is not well marked, A small notice that has a map is posted at the entrance of Tom Snow from the Mountain Road. We looked at it and thought it was in the South direction and proceeded on the trail going North. We encountered yellow closure markings by Ab parks at the base of the large hill and some of us encountered a strong smell. We turned around and retreated back up the trail.
      [Reply]

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