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Race of Spades

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Length

3.0 Miles 4.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

41' 12 m

Ascent

-1,426' -435 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

6,139' 1,871 m

High

4,753' 1,449 m

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A downhill/freeride trail with increasingly challenging TTFs, all with easy ride-around options.

Paul Lindfield

Overview

This is a downhill-only trail.
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Description

This trail is on the east aspect of Moose Mountain, so it takes a little longer to dry out than some other trails. There are a few moderately steep, short pitches, but it is generally low-angle, winding, flowy singletrack through tight forest. It's suitable from intermediates to rippers. Many of the technical trail features (TTFs) are for experts only, so look before you leap and ride within your ability. There is a hike-a-bike midway down, so even at a decent clip this trail will take you 40 minutes.

If you're shuttling, leave a retrieval vehicle at Station Flats, where the trail ends. Drive approximately 6.5km up the Moose Mountain road, where the road widens and the grade flattens. There is a guardrail on the right (east) and ample parking on the left (west). As always, dont dust-out hikers/bikers on the road on your shuttle up.

From the parking lot, roll down the road. You'll see the singletrack cross the ditch on your left and run parallel to the road for about 30m before it drops into the trees. The trail bobs-and-weaves through the tight pine forest, generally traversing down and right. There are a series of small-medium drops and a couple of skinny features (aka TTFs); all with easy ride-arounds. The trail continues with very little braking, some pedaling, some pumping, and impressive TTFs of increasing size and difficulty.

Youll come to a long skinny feature with a teeter in the middle that dumps you onto a cut line. Follow the trail left along the cut line and up the hike-a-bike back into the woods on your right. From the top of the hike-a-bike, the trail weaves along the ridge before making a hard left into the woods. More corners, berms, and TTFs eventually bring you to the bottom of the singletrack and onto doubletrack through mixed forest / cow pastures. The last 600m along the north leg of Diamond T Loop brings you to the Tom Snow - South trail. Turn right at the junction, cross the bridge, up the mini hill, and follow the doubletrack out to the Station Flats parking area.

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Jun 20, 2015
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in Alberta

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