4 miles
Distance
913 ft
Climb
-2,302 ft
Descent
01:04:23
Avg time

Powderface Ridge Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #32075 in Mountain Biking
  • 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 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
    -6.248%
  • Grade max
    -42.728%
  • Grade min
    30.596%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    345 ft
  • Avg time
    01:04:23
  • Avg reverse time
    00:11:52
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Status:
on May 29, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.4 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Powderface Ridge Trail Reports

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      May 29, 2018 @ 7:06am
      May 29, 2018
      Trail is dry except for a short snow drift you have to walk through and a handful of mud puddles. A challenging ride nevertheless.
      May 19, 2018 @ 6:40am
      May 19, 2018
      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...
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      Powderface Ridge, Calgary

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