7 miles
Distance
1,495 ft
Climb
-1,495 ft
Descent
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

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flag gwest (Dec 20, 2015 at 12:44)
 Wonderful loop for fat bikes!
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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    219
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
    -37.329%
  • Grade min
    34.975%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,286 ft
Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)
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      Powderface Short Loop
      Powderface Short Loop
      6:59 | 173 | 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
      415 | comments: 0 | favs:
      May 18, 2016

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