4 miles
913 ft
-2,302 ft
Avg time

Powderface Ridge Details

  • Riding area
    Kananaskis Country
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

This trail can be ridden in both directions. I prefer riding North to South, parking at the start of the Powderface Trail (where hwy66 turns to a gravel road at the intersection with Little Elbow Campground). Ride up the Powderface Trail to the intersection of the Powderface Creek Trail. The wide and sometimes loose single track climb is 100% rideable if you have the legs! As the forest opens you'll reach the intersection with the Powderface Ridge trail. Turn right and re-enter the forest for some somewhat easier climbing until you come out on the ridge. The ridge features several short sections of technical rocky riding where balance and power is rewarded. At the very top of the ridge look for the marker for the trail as it descends sharply to your left back into the forested slopes. It's a long and fast trip down with a couple of short climbs to wake up your tired legs. The last few hundred metres of the trail have suffered from years of erosion and have become a braided mash of roots and loose rock.

More Stats for Powderface Ridge mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,389 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,246 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,170 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,636 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,246 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    345 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 10, 2017
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 3 (12 votes)

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Powderface Ridge Trail Reports

Oct 10, 2017 @ 11:03pm
Oct 10, 2017
Ride later in the evening so it was pretty much frozen, could be sloppier if during the day
Jul 15, 2017 @ 5:04pm
Jul 15, 2017
One medium sized tree across trail after dropping down from ridge. Trail is braided in sections, but is running fast, loose and dry.
Nov 4, 2016 @ 9:46pm
Nov 4, 2016
Snow covered from Powderface Creek intersection. Climb up Powderface creek from Powderface Trail is snow/slush covered (2-3") with spots of damp...
May 30, 2016 @ 9:20pm
May 30, 2016
Good, dry with very few wet spots.
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Aug 7, 2017 @ 2:00am
Aug 7, 2017
Powderface Ridge, My City
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Jul 15, 2017 @ 5:06pm
Jul 15, 2017
Powderface Ridge, Bragg Creek
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Oct 12, 2016 @ 12:06pm
Oct 12, 2016
Powderface Ridge, Calgary
149 |
Oct 12, 2016 @ 12:06pm
Oct 12, 2016
Powderface Ridge, Calgary

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Mountain Bike - Powderface Ridge - not your...
56 | Sep 5, 2017 , Bragg Creek
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