6 miles
Distance
499 ft
Climb
-1,106 ft
Descent
00:55:08
Avg time

Prairie Creek Details

  • Riding Area
    Powderface
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • 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
  • Global Ranking
    #31051 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking
  • 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 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
    00:55:08
  • Avg reverse time
    01:09:18
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Status:
on Dec 2, 2018
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.45 (11 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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Trail Difficulties
  • 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
Directions to prairie-creek trailhead (50.878780, -114.890600)
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Prairie Creek Trail Reports

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Dec 2, 2018 @ 6:11am
Dec 2, 2018
Rode this on December 1st. Much of the tread is nicely packed snow. Other spots had a thin cover over dirt and rocks. Final rock “staircase”...
Sep 8, 2018 @ 9:04am
Sep 8, 2018
May 21, 2018 @ 9:12pm
May 21, 2018
Some wet puddles. Rode this from powder face trail to the highway. Mostly downhill this way, enjoyable ride, some nice rolling... Much much better...
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...
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Jul 22, 2018 @ 2:41pm
Jul 22, 2018
Prairie Creek, Cochrane
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Jul 22, 2018 @ 2:41pm
Jul 22, 2018
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag Lauraannebock (Jul 3, 2017 at 20:52)
 Rode with Howie July 3rd.
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