6 miles
Distance
499 ft
Climb
-1,106 ft
Descent
00:56:29
Avg time

Prairie Creek Details

  • Riding area
    Powderface
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    June - October
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • 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
    5,549 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,549 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,942 ft
  • Grade
    -2.037%
  • Grade max
    -54.243%
  • Grade min
    28.802%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,551 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:29
  • Avg reverse time
    01:09:18
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on Nov 29, 2017
Icey
Avg: 3.4 (8 votes)

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Prairie Creek Trail Reports

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Nov 29, 2017 @ 6:39am
Nov 29, 2017
Rode this entire trail. Best conditions are west of the link junction. Hilariously icy on the final descent. Not super easy to walk, never mind...
Nov 11, 2017 @ 6:29pm
Nov 11, 2017
Rode the short loop Saturday. Snowshoe and boot packed. Pedalled most of it. Have to duck under a blown down tree on the link at bottom of initial...
Oct 25, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Oct 25, 2017
From Prairie Link back to parking lot. Overall ok, wet in some sections. A few downed trees on the way down but otherwise ok.
Aug 27, 2017 @ 9:31pm
Aug 27, 2017
Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion) by cattle. This used to be a nice singletrack trail...
Jul 3, 2017 @ 7:49pm
Jul 3, 2017
From Prairie Link back to the highway, quite dry. Cattle grazing is happening in one of the meadows, so watch out for shizzle.
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Prairie Creek, Edmonton
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Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:04am
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Prairie Creek, Calgary
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Feb 13, 2015 @ 11:04am
Feb 13, 2015
Prairie Creek, Calgary

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1 Review & Comments

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flag Lauraannebock (Jul 3, 2017 at 20:52)
 Rode with Howie July 3rd.
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