7 miles
1,495 ft
-1,495 ft
1 miles
High Point

Old school Kananaskis classic. Most people ride it clockwise to maximize the DH fun.

For the experienced rider, this is a quick after-work ride that can be done in an hour or less. For those who are a bit more green, this loop presents climbing and descending challenges, but is still doable in under 2 hours.

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag gwest (Dec 20, 2015 at 12:44)
 Wonderful loop for fat bikes!

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Trails in Route


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  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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More Stats for Powderface Short Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,943 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,943 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,286 ft
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Powderface Short Loop
Powderface Short Loop
6:59 | 155 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jul 14, 2017
This used to be one of the most popular intermediate/blue rides back in the days when everyone rode hardtails and had 3x9 gearing. It's still a...
Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
356 | comments: 0 | favs:
May 18, 2016

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Prairie Link
Jul 17, 2018 @ 2:50pm
Jul 17, 2018
Large tree down as you descend with speed. Can ride, under if staying right, but tall riders may soil themselves if cruising through the turns. Otherwise usual ruts that could end up in OTBs if not careful - they seemed worse this year but I don't ride it often. Otherwise, awesome!
Powderface Creek
May 21, 2018 @ 9:15pm
May 21, 2018
Still some snow close to the top. Not enjoyable. A slow climb that just gets steeper and steeper close to top. No switch backs. Requires uphill bike pushing for significant portion of top. Only one area of view. We did powder face trail, then along road to connect with Prairie creekl trail. This was definitely the right direction for the loop, as you can cruse down the road. However a nicer ride would have been out and back on Prairie.
Prairie Creek
May 21, 2018 @ 9:12pm
May 21, 2018
Some wet puddles. Rode this from powder face trail to the highway. Mostly downhill this way, enjoyable ride, some nice rolling... Much much better than powder face trail, which requires lots of bike pushing!!
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