Distance: 2.8 km
Time: 10 – 30 min
Elevation Gain: 55 m
Elevation Loss: 332 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Moosepackers is a classic trail that can be used as a climb or as a fast descent to connect with several trails found in the area. When ridden as a descent, this trail is fast, flowy, and fun. It offers up several steep switchbacks for the rider to enjoy navigating down. Don’t get too carried away shredding down the trail and make sure to stay in control. Moosepackers is very popular among hikers and several other trail users and does get busy during the summer months. Ride in control and give right-of-way to other trail users.
Moosepackers is primarily used to connect Pneuma with Tom Snow or with the recently built Ridgeback trail. My favourite route is to combine Pneuma with Moosepackers, taking Ridgeback down to Station Flats Day Use Area. From there I ride the short section of highway 66 west to Moose Mountain Road in order to retrieve my vehicle at the Pneuma trailhead.
TRAILHEAD | N50 55.528 W114 46.730
To access the east end of the trail, park at Station Flats and ride north on Tom Snow for 5.4 km and look for the trail to rider’s left. To access the west end of the trail ride up Pneuma until it spits you out on Moose Mountain Trail, just before the junction/trailhead for Moosepackers.
N50 55.528 W114 46.730 (West TH)
N50 55.555 W114 45.330 (East TH)
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Option 1: As a climb from Station Flats, take Tom Snow north. It is a wide trail that often has water drainage problems so please avoid widening it more by skirting the puddles. The trail has a gradual gradient, but a few physically demanding sections will be encountered along the way. Maps and markers along the trail, where Ridgeback crosses Tom Snow, will point you in the right direction. Follow Tom Snow all the way to the start of Moosepackers. Moosepackers is steeper and has several technically demanding switchbacks when ridden as an uphill. Moosepackers ends at the Moose Mountain Road. Once there, take a left to reach the summit parking lot or a right to ride to the summit of Moose Mountain.
Option 2: Alternatively, you can climb Pneuma up to the start of Moosepackers. Pneuma is a gradual singletrack climb that takes you to the summit of Moose Mountain, after which it connects you with Moosepackers.
GPS of the Moose Mountain Loop (Pneuma to Moose Packers to Ridgeback) can be downloaded here.
Option 3: Your last option is to shuttle Moosepackers. Drop off a retrieval vehicle at Station Flats parking lot and drive up Moose Mountain Road. Park at the Moose Mountain Summit parking lot and take Moose Mountain Fire Road to the T-intersection at the bottom of the rocky hill where you will turn right to find the start of Moosepackers.