5.6 miles
Distance
129 ft
Climb
-716 ft
Descent
00:58:06
Avg time

Prairie Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Powderface
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June - October
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #51762 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #31949 in E-Biking
    • #15638 in Trail Running
    • #54708 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 45 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Land Owner
    Alberta Environment and 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.

Winter fat biking is allowed:
https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/activities-events/winter-activities/fat-biking/

Access Info

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

More Stats for Prairie Creek multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -587 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,969 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,559 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,555 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,967 ft
  • Grade
    -2%
  • Grade max
    -20.3%
  • Grade min
    21.2%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,326 ft
  • Avg time
    00:58:06
  • Avg reverse time
    01:30:26
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Status:
on Sep 10, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.6 (13 votes)
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      Prairie Creek Trail Reports

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      Sep 10, 2022 @ 11:17am
      Sep 10, 2022
      Jul 23, 2022 @ 10:03am
      Jul 23, 2022
      Jan 28, 2022 @ 3:19pm
      Jan 28, 2022
      After Prairie Link - packed, icy, or mud, depending on sections. The narrow icy track in the exposed sections is sketchy, but fun.
      Dec 11, 2021 @ 3:49pm
      Dec 11, 2021
      From Prairie Link back to the parking lot: packed snow in the trees, deeper and softer in the meadows. The blind "CAUTION" rock roll has been...
      Oct 7, 2021 @ 3:09pm
      Oct 7, 2021
      Trail is in excellent fall conditions. Some signs of snow in spots but otherwise dry and grippy.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 28 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 251 rides
      • Last: Oct 2, 2022

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      Mar 4, 2021 @ 8:27am
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      Oct 5, 2020 @ 9:30am
      Oct 5, 2020
      98 |
      Dec 27, 2018 @ 4:56pm
      Dec 27, 2018
      91 |
      Dec 27, 2018 @ 4:56pm
      Dec 27, 2018

      Routes with this trail

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      Around Moose Mountain Epic Loop54 miles
      Powderface/Prairie Creek Figure 8 Loop17 miles

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      hizzity (Apr 12, 2020 at 15:19)
      When its dry its a lot of fun. fast and awesome, but if it has been wet you will be covered in mud head to toe.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Lauraannebock (Jul 3, 2017 at 20:52)
      Rode with Howie July 3rd.
      [Reply]





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      Mountain Bike - Powder Face Creek to Prairie...
      1560 | Sep 5, 2017 , Bragg Creek
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