At the 3-way intersection, turn right onto Hwy 66. Powderface. Half and full marathon options available. Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. Powderface Trail, Bragg Creek, AB, Canada Visit Website . July 29, 2018 September 13, 2018 Maecy Leave a comment. This is an Alberta favourite, a classic, the one that started it all and a ‘must-do’ for any trail runner. The trail then descends to a bit of a rocky area. finishing on Powderface CreekTrail 2.8km. This time, we took Chewie to his first hike at Kananaskis Country. This … COVID-19 Update from the 5 Peaks team. Turns out the buses are … It was beautiful and sunny - perfect condition for a hike! The middle section is OK, but overall I don’t like this trail. The Powderface 42 serves up 44.4km (bonus!) The only way it could’ve been better was if it hadn’t been a 7 km plod through essentially viewless forest! It is unfortunate that the official Powderface Trail spends so much of the time on the viewless, dark, shady, snow-choked east side of Powderface Ridge. I particularly don’t like the initial section out of the parking lot, which is stoney, steeply uphill and holds the ice really well into spring. CanadianSyrup33 (Jun 6, 2020 at 12:05) Rocky* + 0. jerryssskwan (Jul 24, 2020 at 8:02) Not rideable due to the rock on 1/3 of the powderface Creek uphill. The current version is fast and rolling, not to mention a lot drier than it has been in the past. The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction. Turn right (West) on Hwy 66 to Powderface Day Use, just passed Elbow Falls. Here is my second hike of 2020! The approach via Powderface Creek trail is long and boring. Powderface Trail/Smith Dorrien Trail, Bragg Creek to Canmore, Alberta . Turn right onto Powderface Trail, a gravel road, and ride it for ~2.8km. There is still more work to be done on the road, so expect to see the grader and possibly other equipment working in there for a few more weeks. Read our COVID-19 guidelines by clicking this banner before visiting one of our parks. Watch Queue Queue Hi everyone! Climb the trail for approximately 15 short switchbacks. The trailhead has an orange sign on a tree saying "Powderface Creek", and there another orange sign at the 2.4 km mark, where the trail opens up and offers some good views of Powderface Ridge. Powderface Ridge; Prairie Link; Trail Creek; Wildhorse; Glenbow Ranch; Kananaskis Valley; Mount Shark; Peter Lougheed; Sandy McNabb; Sheep and Highwood; Sibbald Flats; Spray Valley; West Bragg Creek; Avalanche Report ; Fire Bans & Restrictions; Annual Road Closures; Annual Trail Closures; Backcountry Safety; Wildlife; Park Management; Education; Volunteering; Library ☰ MENU. Hike is a circuit from Elbow Falls, up Prairie Creek Trail, across Prairie – Powderface Link and down Powderface Creek trail to Elbow Falls. This would add approximately 1 hour to the hike. Park here - the trail begins at the far end of the parking lot. If weather and snow conditions are suitable we could take a side trip to Vents Ridge off Powderface Creek trail. There's a wooden boardwalk you can ride to stay out of the swampy bits. This is a time compressed video of the Powderface Trail which runs from Little Elbow to Hwy 40. Sure, I think the goal is well worth it. I left for Northwest at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon as to avoid the rush hour of public transpo. Once you arrive at the Prairie Link Trail turnoff, keep going straight on the Powderface Creek Trail. Comes back out where you park. The barricades at the Elbow end have been removed and the grader operator assured us that the road would remain open from now on. Powderface Trail (Road) Kananaskis Country ... West Bragg Creek; Avalanche Report; Fire Bans & Restrictions; Annual Road Closures; Annual Trail Closures; Backcountry Safety; Wildlife; Park Management; Education; Volunteering; Library ☰ MENU. CanadianSyrup33 (Jun 6, 2020 at 12:05) Very Rockey ever since the flood the small loop is your better bet + 0. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of … It's usually pretty quick, with a general downhill grade and hopefully no big washouts. After the bridge, continue for about 400 metres. Some sections of this trail have been rebuilt and rerouted over the years; at least 4 major reroutes in the last 20 years. Yep, the Big Kahuna. Ed's note: For a longer ride, see "PowderCreek PrairieCreek Loop" in trailpeak.com (trail… Turn right and re-enter the forest for some somewhat easier climbing until you come out on the ridge. Powderface Creek Trail. You can do the long loop, but it doesn't really get you anything extra, other than more climbing. Not a very nice start! 4 Reviews & Comments. (It gets better though.) Then we took the Prairie Link which is 2.9km. Alberta Transportation has hired “an engineering consultant to carry out a detail design and arrange for the regulatory approvals to repair and replace” the bridges. For the vast majority of people, it will be hike-a-bike time, as the eroded slope exceeds 20%. August 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm « Canmore Nordic Centre; High Rockies Trail » We’ll be working on a short reroute on the Powderface Trail. Head east on the slowly descending Prairie Creek Trail as it follows alongside the creek meandering up and down the riverbank until popping out next to Highway 66, 200m east of Powderface parking. If you're riding the trail between Dec 1st and May 15th, Hwy 66 will be closed West of Elbow Falls. Sold out. This is where the most strenuous park of the hike begins. There was virtually no snow on this entire route. Or head east down Powderface Creek towards Highway 66, about 8 kilometres away. It is located near Bragg Creek, Alberta. Powderface Trail: You’ll be happy to know that Powderface Trail (the road) will remain closed until at least 2015. At the 3 km mark there is a trail map; this is the junction with the Prairie Link connector trail which goes off to the right. Bears, creeks, climbs, 2-3 foot ruts on the DH, exposure and LOTS of mud. This lovely loop follows two creeks on undulating terrain. At the pass I finally got my first views: Nihahi Ridge stretches out like a massive wall from left to right, with Compression Ridge right behind it to the right. 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. Continue on Hwy 66 for 27.5 kilometres. Volunteer Now. Prairie Creek trail intersects with Powderface Trail where the valley opens up to the west at the end of Nihahi Ridge just past a small bridge that crosses Prairie Creek. From the Powderface Creek trail, I then used the Cow Pass trail (Hike # 28E) and the Southwest Fork trail (Hike #28B) to make a nice loop back to Rainy Pass. Yep, the Big Kahuna. This trail is easy to find and is quite wide. We drove Powderface trail today on our way to hike Prairie Creek. Very nice when you make it in the loop. Score Time + 0. The turnoff to the Prairie Creek Trail is in the middle of a big clearing on the right, and should be pretty hard to miss. ** The trailhead is straight up the grassy hill on the same side of the road. Had the chance to spend the weekend with the Armonia family again. Hike is 13 km, 380 m EG with expected time of 4 hours. **There is no sign at the pullout. Powderface Long Loop - Powderface Creek to Powderface Trail to Prairie Creek Trail. The Drive . Park at the junction of Hwy 66 & Powderface Trail in the pullout on the right side of the road. No shuttle required! From Powderface Creek day-use area, follow the old exploration road in steep, stony waves up a hill from the back of the parking lot. Map: Moose-Prairie. > 96% > 90% > 80% > 70% > 50% < 50%; Trail Last Ridden. And I tried something new. Powderface Creek trail. *Note. Will we try again? But if you’d prefer to take your sweet time on a rugged backcountry road, Powderface Trail is your huckleberry. The trail runs quite close to the creek, and there are often some very wet sections to contend with. Participants: Sue Davies (Photos, Report), Beth Davies. Powderface Creek Trail, sometimes referred to simply as Powderface Trail (without the Creek), seems popular no matter the time of year or the weather conditions, although the day of our visit, things were oddly quiet. Thank you for your understanding. 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