5.6 miles
499 ft
-1,106 ft
Avg time

Prairie Creek Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    June - October
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

It's a pretty mellow ride, with some punchy climbs to keep it interesting. Keep a sharp eye out for trees across the trail, at least until you get East of the Prairie Link Trail. The trail runs quite close to the creek, and there are often some very wet sections to contend with. Some sections of this trail have been rebuilt and rerouted over the years; at least 4 major reroutes in the last 20 years. The current version is fast and rolling, not to mention a lot drier than it has been in the past.

Most people will use the east section of the trail to complete the Short [or Long] Powderface Loop. There are a couple of challenging ups and downs, but nothing you couldn't rock on a hardtail with 3" fork and v-brakes. Keep an eye out for hikers [especially families strung out along the trail] and cows.

Access Info

Access is from the Powderface trailhead, or from Powderface Trail/Road [closed for 2015].

More Stats for Prairie Creek mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -607 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,942 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.1 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.1 miles
  • Altitude end
    4,942 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.7 miles
  • Distance down
    3.6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,551 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jan 19, 2017
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 3.35 (6 votes)

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Prairie Creek Trail Reports

Jan 19, 2017 @ 6:33pm
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 @ 9:24pm
Nov 28, 2016
Rode entire trail Saturday, November 26. A few icy spots but generally great traction. Not enough snow to fill in final rock step. Fat bikes...
Nov 26, 2016 @ 9:26pm
Nov 26, 2016
90% snowpacked from intersection with Powderface Mountain trail to parking lot. No ice, snow felt "sticky" and fun on the fatbike (no studs). ...
Oct 28, 2016 @ 1:51pm
Oct 28, 2016
Great fall conditions. A few wet spots when the trail dips down towards the river but no snow/ice on the trail...yet!
Sep 11, 2016 @ 7:33am
Sep 11, 2016
Great Fall conditions! A few perpetually muddy holes that can't be avoided. Otherwise, dry and fun
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Prairie Creek, Calgary
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Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:04am
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Prairie Creek, Calgary

Routes with this trail

Powderface Short Loop
7.5 miles

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