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. From the town of Bragg Creek, head South along Hwy 22. Turn right and re-enter the forest for some somewhat easier climbing until you come out on the ridge. I left for Northwest at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon as to avoid the rush hour of public transpo. The approach via Powderface Creek trail is long and boring. Watch Queue Queue Continue on Hwy 66 for 27.5 kilometres. At the 3-way intersection, turn right onto Hwy 66. 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. You will see a trail on the right hand side that scurries up the mountainside. (It gets better though.) Enjoy a peaceful walk along the ridge proper. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension. The trail runs quite close to the creek, and there are often some very wet sections to contend with. 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. 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. This is an Alberta favourite, a classic, the one that started it all and a ‘must-do’ for any trail runner. It was beautiful and sunny - perfect condition for a hike! Yep, the Big Kahuna. Sure, I think the goal is well worth it. This is a time compressed video of the Powderface Trail which runs from Little Elbow to Hwy 40. Some sections of this trail have been rebuilt and rerouted over the years; at least 4 major reroutes in the last 20 years. Other short options that also connect with Prairie Creek trail: #24 Corri Robb trail over Vents Ridge and #23 Second Gap trail. Weather forecast for Powderface Creek (Alberta), with all weather data such as: Temperature, Felt temperature, Atmospheric pressure, Relative humidity, Wind speed, Wind gusts, Isotherm, Precipitation, Cloud cover and Heat index - www.ViewWeather.com Prairie Creek Trail is 5.7 km. The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction. It gets steep and loose, and stays that way. Or head east down Powderface Creek towards Highway 66, about 8 kilometres away. From the Powderface Creek junction, the trail continues south through a treed section and out onto the scenic open meadow ridge. All registered racers are still registered, but at this time we are not accepting new registrations. It's usually pretty quick, with a general downhill grade and hopefully no big washouts. Thank you for your understanding. Thankfully, the Powderface Creek trail was packed solid and travel was very easy to the turnoff for Vent’s Ridge, very easy with a few drifts to the Prairie Link trail, and mostly easy with a few more drifts to Powderface Pass. The Drive . This trail is easy to find and is quite wide. Hike is a circuit from Elbow Falls, up Prairie Creek Trail, across Prairie – Powderface Link and down Powderface Creek trail to Elbow Falls. However, due to sensitive 4 Reviews & Comments. For the vast majority of people, it will be hike-a-bike time, as the eroded slope exceeds 20%. Trailhead: Powderface 50.86516N, -114.7923W . Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. Participants: Sue Davies (Photos, Report), Beth Davies. finishing on Powderface CreekTrail 2.8km. Powderface Trail/Smith Dorrien Trail, Bragg Creek to Canmore, Alberta . Ed's note: For a longer ride, see "PowderCreek PrairieCreek Loop" in trailpeak.com (trail… If weather and snow conditions are suitable we could take a side trip to Vents Ridge off Powderface Creek trail. Had the chance to spend the weekend with the Armonia family again. Directions from Bragg Creek: Take Hwy 22 South. You can do the long loop, but it doesn't really get you anything extra, other than more climbing. Park here - the trail begins at the far end of the parking lot. 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. Comes back out where you park. Bears, creeks, climbs, 2-3 foot ruts on the DH, exposure and LOTS of mud. There was virtually no snow on this entire route. After the bridge, continue for about 400 metres. **There is no sign at the pullout. 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. Very nice when you make it in the loop. Not a very nice start! Here is my second hike of 2020! 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. We are monitoring our operations to prevent the spread of … 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. It is located near Bragg Creek, Alberta. This would add approximately 1 hour to the hike. This time, we took Chewie to his first hike at Kananaskis Country. 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. 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. Score Time + 0. July 29, 2018 September 13, 2018 Maecy Leave a comment. > 96% > 90% > 80% > 70% > 50% < 50%; Trail Last Ridden. This lovely loop follows two creeks on undulating terrain. Ride up the Powderface Trail to the intersection of the Powderface Creek Trail. This … and 1671m of elevation gain on some wickedly beautiful K-Country singletrack. Powderface Creek Trail. 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. Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 2 Trail #21. But if you’d prefer to take your sweet time on a rugged backcountry road, Powderface Trail is your huckleberry. Will do this trail again. The current version is fast and rolling, not to mention a lot drier than it has been in the past. 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. Powderface Trail. Follow Hwy 66 for just under 12 miles (just over 19km) to the Powderface parking area. The only way it could’ve been better was if it hadn’t been a 7 km plod through essentially viewless forest! Powderface Creek trail. and 1671m of elevation gain on some wickedly beautiful K-Country singletrack. Yep, the Big Kahuna. The Powderface 42 serves up 44.4km (bonus!) Turn Right (West) on Hwy 66. Powderface Creek Trail and Forgetmenot Pond with the Armonia family. Sorry! Map: Moose-Prairie. No shuttle required! Park at the junction of Hwy 66 & Powderface Trail in the pullout on the right side of the road. COVID-19 Update from the 5 Peaks team. Wednesday 10/10/2018 Powderface Creek – Prairie Creek Loop. So this brings me to Powderface Creek trail, an exploration road that very handily follows the length of the valley. The trail then descends to a bit of a rocky area. 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. 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. The Powderface 42 serves up 44.4km (bonus!) 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. Turns out the buses are … This video is unavailable. Meeting time: 9:00am (9:00am-4:00pm) Meeting location: Powderface Day Use – go through Bragg Creek to Kananaskis Country. Powderface Trail, Bragg Creek, AB, Canada Visit Website . Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes. Luckily, the trail was packed all the way to the pass so I didn’t have to use my snowshoes, which saved me a lot of time and energy in the first few hours. 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 Short loop is the way to go. Powderface Long Loop - Powderface Creek to Powderface Trail to Prairie Creek Trail. ** The trailhead is straight up the grassy hill on the same side of the road. This is an Alberta favourite, a classic, the one that started it all and a ‘must-do’ for any trail runner. 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