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
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    June - October
  • eBike Allowed
  • 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
    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 Oct 20, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 2.8 (10 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to powderface-creek trailhead (50.866100, -114.789450)
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Powderface Creek Trail Reports

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Oct 20, 2018 @ 4:46pm
1 days
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...
Nov 29, 2017 @ 6:41am
Nov 29, 2017
Need studs to escape parking lot. Mix of ice and glazed snow to the link trail. Looked nice further up towards the col, but we (perhaps foolishly)...
Nov 11, 2017 @ 6:28pm
Nov 11, 2017
Rode the short loop Saturday. Snowshoe and boot packed. Pedalled most of it. Have to duck under a blown down tree on the link at bottom of initial...
Jul 3, 2017 @ 7:23pm
Jul 3, 2017
Dry from the trailhead to Prairie Link.
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Photos

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6 |
Sep 15, 2018 @ 11:09pm
Sep 15, 2018
Powderface Creek, Calgary
17 |
Aug 9, 2018 @ 4:27pm
Aug 9, 2018
Powderface Creek, Calgary
195 |
Jan 19, 2016 @ 1:40pm
Jan 19, 2016
Powderface Creek, Kananaskis
350 |
Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:03am
Feb 13, 2015
Powderface Creek, Calgary

Routes with this trail

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Prairie Link Loop
7 miles
Powderface Short Loop
7 miles
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Powderface Loop
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Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
392 | May 18, 2016 , Bragg Creek
Powderface Short Loop
6:59 | 168 | Jul 14, 2017 , Bragg Creek
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