OverviewSome world class singletrack combined with easy routefinding and some exciting but rideable no-track leads to an alpine col at nearly 2500m. An exposed scramble reaches the summit at 2500m followed by a 1000m descent to the bottom of the mountain. This is a backcountry trip for endurance and adventure fanatics and requires maps of the area.
Trail DescriptionThe trail starts at Station Flats parking. From there it's a short highway spin to canyon creek road, which quickly terminates at a gas wellsite. Watch for the caves on the north side (Ings Mine), it is a fine cave for another day.
Locate an obvious trail over the wall and begin the push through the canyon on the old creek bed. Don't worry...eventually the boulder filled creek becomes nice singletrack.
At the top of canyon creek, head north on the signed junction with jumpingpound ridge. The climb is great all the way to the jumpingpound summit on high quality switchbacks. From the summit head northeast (northwest is Cox hill) and enjoy some steep but sweet singletrack ridge riding.
Eventually the ridge will change into rideable no-track. At the end of the ridge find a way to get down to the gas well road, there are several options. Head southeast on the road towards the wellsite nestled under the north summit of moose mountain.
Now the work begins. Ascend the north summit. From here until the south summit, the exposure is very dangerous...watch your step.
Once at the top, traverse the ridge to the south summit where you can see the ranger station (will require some honest scrambling). The col is narrow, loose and extremely exposed, there are a couple short rideable sections if you like...
From the ranger cabin it's a 17km fast descent with more than enough sweet sections to keep you on your toes.
Getting ThereFrom Calgary, head west on the 22x towards Bragg Creek. At the junction with the 22 (roughly 45km), keep going straight and follow the main road. Park at the Station Flats parking area. Canyon creek is roughly 4km west on the hwy.
When to BikeThis is a high alpine ride with travel through unmaintained wildnerness over 2500m and as such should be ready late july - early october. choose a DRY day and start at sunrise.
***This is a serious backcountry ride, through some exposed terrain. Be prepared for anything***