Distance: 1.4 km
Time: 5 – 20 min
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 229 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No

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Billy Dog is yet another fun and challenging advanced (black) downhill run located on Moose Mountain, near Bragg Creek. I like to use this one as a warm up. It is a shorter run, with intermediate to expert Technical Trail Features (TTFs) littering the bottom half of this trail. Located on the left side of Moose Mountain Road and well-marked by a signed trailhead, this trail takes to you to the Ing’s Mine parking area. Word of caution, Billy Dog is not the best trail to ride in early spring or after heavy rains, as it contains several low points that pool water and become super muddy.

Billy Dog starts with a steep line to two options, steep and steeper, before the first TTF, a wooden drop. Following this you’ll continue on down some more switchbacking, steep and tight singletrack, before coming to a clearing in the trees. The first large TTF, a gap jump, followed by a smaller gap, is straight ahead. Make sure to check the TTF before you leap and to gage your speed to clear it. From this point the trail heads back into the woods, with several more TTFs littered along Billy Dog until the end of the trail. The last section contains a few more short, but steep downs that demand respect as a fall here would see you land further away from your bike than you might find comfortable. Once you pop out at the bottom of the trail, there are two options to get across Canyon Creek. If the creek is running high, use the BCT trail (head right) to connect with the wooden bridge built across the creek or if it is running low/dry than ride straight across it. Remember to pedal left, once you cross the creek, to get back to the Ing’s Mine parking area.

TRAILHEAD | N50 53.842 W114 45.107

Drive about 4.2 km up Moose Mountain Road to the trailhead located on the left hand side of the road. It’s not the easiest trail to spot, so start looking for it after driving 4 km. There is small pull off on the right side of the road to park, but again, if no one is parked there it is not that obvious. If you find yourself driving past the trailhead for Toothless and SLF, you’ve gone too far.

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