Distance: 18.8 km (one-way)
Time: 2 – 3 hrs hours
Elevation Gain: 742 m
Elevation Loss: 766 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Skogan Pass is one of the longer and more epic rides in Kananaskis, connecting the Ribbon Creek day use area (Kananaskis Village) with the Bow Valley near Canmore. It is best ridden from Ribbon Creek if you’re looking for more flow and a gentler climb up to the Pass. The descent down to Pigeon Creek is fast and fun, but watch out for hikers or riders coming the opposite direction.
Skogan Pass is a Norwegian word meaning a magic forest with elves and trolls. Ride it as a part of the big epic ride, Whole Lotta Up, and you might just be seeing elves and trolls near the end of your ride.
From Ribbon Creek follow the well-marked trail made up of dirt and gravel which gradually climbs the doubeltrack all the way to Skogan Pass. A short side trip (400 metres return) to Skogan Pass Viewpoint is highly recommended and found about 10 kilometres up the trail. Once you hit Skogan Pass, the fast and loose descent begins to the Banff Gate Mountain Resort parking area; end of the trail. If you didn’t organize a shuttle, you can turn around and ride the trail in reverse or continue on to Jewell Pass and return via Stoney Traill; see Whole Lotta Up.
TRAILHEAD | N50 55.965 W115 08.864
South access: Take Hwy 40 south to the Kananaskis Village turnoff (Mount Allen Drive). Drive a few hundred metres on Mount Allen and turn left onto Centennial Drive; followed by a quick right to Ribbon Creek day use area. Signs point the direction of trailhead for Skogan Pass.
North access: Take Hwy 1 to the Dead Man’s Flats interchange. Exit and drive south to the parking lot near Banff Gate Mountain Resort. The trailhead is accessed from the parking lot.
N50 55.965 W115 08.864 (Ribbon Creek)
N51 01.590 W115 14.584 (Resort)
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