5 miles
Distance
1,878 ft
Climb
-756 ft
Descent
00:12:10
Avg time

Powderface Creek Details

  • Riding Area
    Powderface
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June - October
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #35888 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

The Powderface Creek trail has a split personality. The east half is wide, mellow and almost qualifies as beginner trail. From the Powderface trailhead, the trail goes straight up what is basically a rocky jeep road. Once you're over the initial hump, it flattens, climbs briefly and descends down to Powderface Creek. Until you're past the junction with Prairie Link, it's rolling, bumpy and fairly quick climbing that even beginners can handle without too much trouble.

Beyond the Link junction, it morphs into a challenging ride with steep, eroded tread. You'll definitely know you've climbed something! Still heading west, the Powderface Ridge trail heads up and off to the south [left]. The Powderface Creek trail descends to meet with the Powderface Trail [road], where you can turn right/north and head for Prairie Creek Trail.

Access Info

This trail can be accessed from the Powderface trailhead off Hwy 66, or the Powderface Trail [closed to wheeled motor vehicles for 2015].

More Stats for Powderface Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,122 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,641 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,064 ft
  • Grade
    4.448%
  • Grade max
    -82.119%
  • Grade min
    96.81%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    204 ft
  • Avg time
    00:12:10
  • Avg reverse time
    01:24:18
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Status:
on Jan 5, 2019
Snow Packed
Avg: 2.8 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Powderface Creek Trail Reports

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      Jan 5, 2019 @ 6:52pm
      Jan 5, 2019
      Rode this over the pass and down to Powderface Trail and on to Prairie Creek. Thought it would be bare on descent towards Powderface Trail but was...
      Dec 31, 2018 @ 8:36am
      Dec 31, 2018
      Rode this on Saturday. Nothing but snow. Studs not necessary. High winds have loaded upper parts (ie. above the link trail) with drifts. These...
      Dec 2, 2018 @ 6:06am
      Dec 2, 2018
      Rode this to the prairie link junction on December 1st. Nicely packed tread.
      Oct 20, 2018 @ 4:46pm
      Oct 20, 2018
      Lots of snow. Packed and rideable but not much fun
      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...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 11 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      Photos

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      Dec 27, 2018 @ 4:53pm
      Dec 27, 2018
      Powderface Creek, My City
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      Dec 27, 2018 @ 4:52pm
      Dec 27, 2018
      Powderface Creek, My City
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      Sep 15, 2018 @ 11:09pm
      Sep 15, 2018
      Powderface Creek, Calgary
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      Aug 9, 2018 @ 4:27pm
      Aug 9, 2018
      Powderface Creek, Calgary

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