4.8 miles
1,878 ft
-756 ft
Avg time

Powderface Creek Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    June - October
  • Global Ranking
  • 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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,122 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude start
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude end
    1.1 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3.5 miles
  • Distance down
    1.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    204 ft
  • Avg time
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on May 14, 2017
Avg: 2.8 (5 votes)

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Powderface Creek Trail Reports

May 14, 2017 @ 5:56am
May 14, 2017
Large bear spotted about half way along prairie creek trail. Came to a clearing and about 50 yards uphill just in the tree line was what seemed to...
May 14, 2017 @ 5:52am
May 14, 2017
There was a bit snow/ice in shady areas on the way to the turn to prairie creek, but rideable. There's definitely a few muddy spots but we didn't...
Mar 5, 2017 @ 9:34am
Mar 5, 2017
Rode the short loop Saturday, March 4. Powderface trail had a thin layer of fresh snow over a well packed tread, as did the link. Prairie Creek...
Jan 19, 2017 @ 6:34pm
Jan 19, 2017
From FB: "There was a lot of solid ice (not my preference). Even the snow was pretty bullet proof in the majority of the trail, but with studs had...
Nov 28, 2016 @ 9:20pm
Nov 28, 2016
Rode this as part of full Poderface-Prairie Creek ride on Saturday, November 25. Was great with a fat bike, suds not necessary. Generally compact...
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Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
187 | May 18, 2016 , Bragg Creek

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