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Moose Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 15

After the gravel it is great single track downhill with switchbacks and a couple of long rolling smooth sections. 30-40 minutes on the trail if you just go downhill. 2 hours if you ride the roads.
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Latitude
50.884625737302656
Longitude
-114.71271514892578
Trail Directions
Take hwy 22x west past Bragg Creek into Kananaskis Country. A few miles past the ranger station you will find a parking lot on the right side of the road, about a mile past this is a gravel road with a gate heading northwest uphill. The trail ends at the parking lot and you can start there if you want to ride the mile of pavement and about 3 miles of uphill dusty gravel road. If you want to wimp out you can shuttle up the gravel road and just do the downhill part back to the parking lot.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Calgary
   


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Review Date
October 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Matty77 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First of all my ratings could be misleading. Moose Mtn has tons of trails, and at least 5 could be considered purely freeride/downhill. But there are trails lots of trails there for ANY skill level.

I ride the trails that start at the top half of Moose Mtn Rd (see recommended route), so I'm reviewing those. BUT, there are tons of trails on the bottom half, which I'm guessing are more XC/trail riding oriented.

If you don't do downhill, DO NOT go down the the trails on the west side of Moose Mtn Rd on the top half. These trails have tons of suuuper steep, gnarly and technical parts with jumps, drops, berms, step-ups and skinnies mixed in. You can ride around almost all of the stunts if you just wanna check out a trail. There are at least 4 trails on the west side. The craziest trail is at the top of Moose Mtn Rd by the gate, 50m past the top parking lot (see Rec. Rte.)

The trails that go east of Moose Mtn Rd have more flow and are longer, and end up (as far as the trails I've done on the east side) at Station flats (see Rec. Rte.). You can ride the hiking trail that goes to the summit, but I've never done it. There is the 'Packer's Trail', which is 1.3k from the summit trailhead, which goes EAST (right). Packer's Trail is really fun to warm up on. It has a sweet section of steep switchbacks. After the switchbacks and a bit of fire road (1.5 k?) you'll turn right off the fire road at the sign. After the fire road turn it turns into a fun XC trail the rest of the way.

There is one other trail down the east side of Moose Mtn Rd near the top, and its my FAV-O-RITE! It's called 'Race of Spades'. Park at the first parking lot up the road (see Rec. Rt.), and ride down about 200m. The trail leads of the road on the left (east). It has tons and tons of stunts built to different levels of skill for you to progress on. This trail alone could make you into a damn good freerider. There is one up-hill part you have to climb ('The C.F.'), but its worth it. Race of Spades has everything (downhill, flow, techy, freestyle and some XC parts near the end). Its also hella well maintained (as of writing), and even has handmade wood signs for a lot stunts and sections (like 'Battle Axe', 'Fraggle', 'TGFASLT', 'hiccups'...).

So all in all Moose Mtn has sweet trails for pretty much every kind of mountain biking. Go explore.

Recommended Route:
Less than an hour from Calgary. Go to Bragg Creek and head south on 22 for a few k's. Turn right onto 66 @ the T (west, into the mountains, obviously). After about 10k or so you'll pass Station Flats, after 3 or 4 more you'll pass Paddy Flats. Turn right onto the dirt road just after Paddy Flats (about 300m). If you've gotten to Elbow Falls you've gone too far. Go up the dirt road. Some of its pretty rough. The first parking lot is along the right (west) side of the road. Keep going and you'll get to the top of the road, where you'll find a closed gate and a parking lot at the head of the trail that goes to the summit of Moose Mountain. There are sweet sweet trails going off both sides of the road all the way up.

Pick up point if riding down off the WEST side of Moose Mtn Rd, near the top: Go about 2 ks west of the entrance of road up Moose Mtn and turn right onto Canyon Creek Rd. There's a parking lot after about 1 k by a gate. If the gate is open you can keep going to where the trails meet up with the road, past the compressor (natural gas) station.

Pick up point if riding down off the EAST side of Moose Mtn Rd, near the top: Station Flats.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Um... why would you leave Moose Mountain!?!



Comments
Matty77 (10/20/2008)
Oops - the first parking lot is on the LEFT (west) side of the road
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Review Date
March 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pinkrobe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The Moosepackers! version of this ride is soo good. Start at Station Flats and ride the first half of Sulphur Springs to get to the road. From there it's 6 [7?] km to the top, then up and over to the switchbacks. Out of the switchbacks to a right turn onto Tom Snow, fly down through the woods and then get that last miserable climb out of the way and you're only a short ride away from Station Flats. Technically, it's not super challenging except for the scree before the switchbacks. Definitely take extra tubes for the DH, and maybe an extra lung for the climb. A variation of this ride is Special K, but I can't remember where the turnoff is. If you're quick on the climb, you can do this loop in less than 2 hours without shuttling.

Recommended Route:
Station Flats > Sulphur Springs > Moose Mtn road up > switchbacks > Right on Tom Snow > Station Flats

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pretty much everything out of Station Flats is good



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Review Date
July 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Justin , from Calgary

Summary:
I am not used to climbing so the ride up was HELL. It was worth the hour and a half it took to get up though. The Switchaback section was really fun, but the best part had to be the section after that. You could get flying through that section. It was a blast.



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Review Date
July 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Phil , from Okotoks

Summary:
I went off today looking for a new ride, and i came across moose mountain, not knowing what to expect i ventured up the gravel road to the trail head in my little VW Rabbit and head down the trail, beautiful views and scenery, the downhills are wicked, and the hill are a total work out, if a bit on the rocky side. Once at the top of the mountain take in the view and head back down the wicked switch backs, and along the rad trail. But pack a spare inner tube, because i blew mine just down the second switch back on some jagged rocks. but ride fast and hard.

Recommended Route:
highway 66, or through Mclean creek, whatever.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
great fun....



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Review Date
May 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Shawn , from Calgary

Summary:
Its not to hard getting up mostly but once you reach the final part it can get tricky

Recommended Route:
Take the switchbacks near the top then book it straight down after.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Galitia



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