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 Jan 19, 2017
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Avg: 2.8 (5 votes)

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Powderface Creek Trail Reports

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...
Oct 28, 2016 @ 1:51pm
Oct 28, 2016
The majority of the trail up to Prairie Link is snow/ice covered. Can be ridden without studs. Trail dries up about 1 km before Prairie Link.
Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:24am
Sep 11, 2016
Great Fall conditions! A couple of very small muddy sections - only enough to let others know you were mountain biking
Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:53am
Aug 31, 2016
Mostly dry with a few wet spots
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Jan 19, 2016 @ 1:40pm
Jan 19, 2016
Powderface Creek, Kananaskis

Routes with this trail

Powderface Short Loop
7.5 miles

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Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
151 | May 18, 2016 , Bragg Creek

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