“Special K is a Moose Mountain classic, and the area's original downhill-specific trail.”
— Paul Lindfield
This is a downhill ONLY trail.
To ride this trail as a shuttle, park in the main parking area at the top of the Moose Mountain road. Pedal down the road a few hundred meters until you see a small road branching off to the east for a pipeline station. The trail drops in immediately to the right of the small shack located there. Youll finish your ride at Station Flats, so leave your retrieval vehicle in the parking lot there.
As downhill trails go, Special K is fairly long and meandering its likely the most time consuming shuttle run on the mountain. Expect to spend around an hour on this one, unless youre in training mode for the next SuperD race. Moderate in technical difficulty, this trail is the most physically demanding of the downhill trails on the mountain due to the length and elevation gain at the end.
While this trail can be ridden on most any bike, youll probably enjoy it most on a mid-travel all-mountain type of bike. The trail is best enjoyed during the drier parts of the year.
Theres no time to ease into this trail as the it begins with a few steep pitches and youre quickly met with the biggest man-made drop on the trail. Dont worry, theres a ride-around. The trail begins to mellow out and youre treated to flowy turns as the trail criss-crosses a stream bed over a number of bridges, while throwing in a couple of nice steep challenges to keep you on your toes. The trees begin to thin out and the speed increases as the trail flies through some meadowlands and tricky sidehill sections.
After a short climb, youll wind through tight pine forest singletrack and emerge onto an old cutline. Navigate your way down two technically challenging pitches and youll find yourself out in a grassy (and sometimes a little boggy) cutline. Follow the trail eastward, make a creek crossing, and youll reach Tom Snow - South. Time to raise the saddle and pedal south (to your right) to the Station Flats parking lot. Dont forget to save some legs for the climb!