4.2 miles
913 ft
-2,302 ft
Avg time

Powderface Ridge Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • 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
    1.4 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.3 miles
  • Altitude end
    5,246 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.6 miles
  • Distance down
    2.6 miles
  • Distance flat
    345 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 4, 2016
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.25 (4 votes)

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Powderface Ridge Trail Reports

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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Powderface Ridge, Calgary

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