Distance: 8.6 km (one way)
Time: 1.5 – 2.5 hrs
Elevation Gain: 197 m
Elevation Loss: 393 m
Technical Rating: Int. – Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Ridgeback trail was built the fall of 2010 by CMBA with the help of a grant received from the Canadian government. The trail is anything but boring. You’ll find it twists, rolls, climbs and descends along a sweet tight singletrack. It may be ridden either direction, so watch out for oncoming traffic, as an out-and-back, or as a part of a loop. The trail criss-crosses Tom Snow in several spots providing the rider an option to bail out from the trail via Tom Snow, if short on time or running out of steam.
The great thing about Ridgeback is that it is a fun trail to ride on its own or even better when combined as a part of a loop. Loop this trail by starting your ride up Pneuma, over to Moosepackers and down Ridgeback, or ride up Tom Snow from Station Flats to descend back down Ridgeback. I personally find Ridgeback flows best when descended.
The trail stats provided are based on riding Ridgeback down from Moosepackers to Station Flats. If riding from station flats, expect twice the elevation gain and about an hour longer to ascend.
TRAILHEAD | N50 54.049 W114 42.702
Take Hwy 66 west of Bragg Creek to Station Flats Day Use Area. Park and ride out on Diamond T Loop/Tom Snow over to the Ridgeback trailhead. It is well marked at all intersections with a sign and trail map.
N50 54.049 W114 42.702 (TH Station Flats)
N50 54.049 W114 42.702 (Moose Packers)
bikepirate rating: 4 Skulls
You can ride this trail as an out-and-back, or you can loop it by taking Pneuma up to Moosepackers, over to Ridgeback. Last option is to climb Tom Snow to the Ridgeback trailhead, taking Ridgeback down. Ridgeback offers many options and if you think you’re in over your head, you can always pop out from Ridgeback onto the Tom Snow double track which will take you back down to the Station Flats parking lot.