5 miles
1,878 ft
-756 ft
Avg time

Powderface Creek Details

  • Riding area
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    204 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 29, 2017
Avg: 2.85 (7 votes)

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Powderface Creek Trail Reports

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.
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...
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Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:29am
Sep 11, 2016
Powderface Creek, Bragg Creek
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Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:28am
Sep 11, 2016
Powderface Creek, Bragg Creek
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Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:26am
Sep 11, 2016
Powderface Creek, Edmonton
160 |
Jan 19, 2016 @ 1:40pm
Jan 19, 2016
Powderface Creek, Kananaskis

Routes with this trail

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Powderface Short Loop
7 miles
Prairie Link Loop
7 miles
Around Moose Mountain Epic Loop
54 miles
Powderface Loop
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Powderface Short Loop
6:59 | 89 | Jul 14, 2017 , Bragg Creek
Kananaskis Powderface Prarie Link
288 | May 18, 2016 , Bragg Creek

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