4.8 miles
Distance
1,878 ft
Climb
-756 ft
Descent
01:06:56
Avg time

Powderface Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Powderface
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #35888 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in E-Biking
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Environment and 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 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 mile
  • Distance flat
    204 ft
  • Avg time
    01:06:56
  • Avg reverse time
    01:43:17
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Status:
on Jun 13, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 2.95 (15 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Powderface Creek Trail Reports

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      Jun 13, 2021 @ 7:32pm
      Jun 13, 2021
      A bit splashy here and there but typical
      May 27, 2021 @ 6:44am
      May 27, 2021
      Mostly dry to the turn onto Prairie Link
      May 23, 2021 @ 9:40am
      May 23, 2021
      Starts off dry and as you climb it turns into a mud with snow covered. Should be good to go in a couple of weeks of dry weather.
      May 23, 2021 @ 9:37am
      May 23, 2021
      Starts off dry and as you climb it turns into a mud with snow covered. Should be good to go in a couple of weeks of dry weather.
      Feb 19, 2021 @ 12:34pm
      Feb 19, 2021
      From parking lot to prairie link intersection it’s pretty good, a bit more traffic is needed. After intersection heading straight west there is...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 11 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 94 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 10, 2020 @ 4:32pm
      Sep 10, 2020
      240 |
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 8:35pm
      Aug 17, 2019
      131 |
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      Aug 17, 2019 @ 8:35pm
      Aug 17, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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      Prairie Link Loop
      7 miles
      Powderface Short Loop
      7 miles
      Bragg to Canmore
      63 miles
      Around Moose Mountain Epic Loop
      54 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      funkybuddha (Jul 18, 2019 at 22:31)
       Closed due to animal carcass
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mtnranger (Aug 8, 2019 at 22:28)
       Not fun. Straight up and down, loose and eroded, no curves
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      jerryssskwan (Jul 24, 2020 at 8:02)
       Very rocky. Lots of loose rock.
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      • + 0
      mneuner (Sep 19, 2020 at 9:06)
       Surprised by the few bad reviews for running this trail. If you feel up to pushing through a few steep spots, it is runnable from car to top of Powderface and back. To me, this makes it a great run for the distance and proximity to the city.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      galejda (Dec 9, 2020 at 8:27)
       Boring especially if you choose wrong way from elbow falls to little Elbow (neverending uphill).Did this 8 Dec and with melting snow it was one of the worst trail experience what I had in Canada .
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      Videos

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      Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
      731 | May 18, 2016 , Bragg Creek
      Powderface Short Loop
      6:59 | 386 | Jul 14, 2017 , Bragg Creek
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