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Ford Creek

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Warning: This is not a popular cyling route you'll see why. If you take the second parking lot the start of this trail is a fun, well groomed, rolling single track (thanks equestrians!) You will leave this trail (stay left, follow signs). Trail then turns up for several km. Many steep elevation gain and losses after the major climb, each trough is a stream crossing. This is the only trail west of the road so no matter you're not lost. Eventually you get spit out at the Powderface road directly across from the Powderface Ridge/ trail connector. Important when you get to the right hand turn take it. Or you go through more "roller grinder" terrain and end on the Prarie Creek connector. The turn takes you down 1.3 km of one of the best descents in the area (I feel) before you hit the road. Warning: this trail trail sees heavy equestrian/ cattle usage and can be badly chewed up in spots. especially on the last 3 stream crossings at the bottom of the descent. Once on the road its a 3 km climb then a screaming fireroad descent. ( Can easily hit 80 km in the big ring, but gravel surface is very loose and drivers tend to swing wide on corners. ) Those of us who did this trail wondered if it may be better starting on the fire road and then doing the trail. I mean REALLY wondering because of that big climb in the middle from the south. No question this is a grunt. Bring food because you will leave behind your lunch.
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Latitude
51.01375465718818
Longitude
-115.400390625
Trail Directions
From Calgary take the no 8 to Bragg Creek turn off. then left to Bragg Creek. Continue straight through 3 way stop turn right at T intersection ( to Kananaskis country ) stay on highway past Elbow Falls to Powder Face Connector (road turns to gravel if continue straight) Park here. Or turn left follow paved to next AND last parking lot (to your left of road). Trail head back across road about 250 m. (Pedestrian gate on log fence) Large taril marker/ map visible at about 2o'clock from gate. Head left and follow the signs. Ask any one at any bike shop or in Bragg Creek and they can give you directions.
Trail Length
15km trail + 8 km fire road
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Calgary/ Brag Creek
   


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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: chris

Summary:
I loved this trail. It is not like the "highways" to the east of the Powderface Road. The climbs are loose, steep and long and require racer style wind and leg power. The descents were loose and rocky, with lots of bumping around. Throw in some superb views of the Rockies and this trail rates 5 out of 5. I would not recommend this trail for the novice. This trail would be appreciated by someone with a MTB racing background and a light bike. Make sure you are prepared for any problems because this trail does not appear to see a lot of traffic.

Recommended Route:
Start the trail from the Ford Creek Loop, enjoy some rough climbs and then descend onto the Ford Creek Trail. Follow the trail until you are finally spit out at the Powderface road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jumping Pound Ridge



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Review Date
November 2, 1999

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jethro , from Calgary, AB,Canada

Summary:
Be fit bring food and water. Plan to be out about 3- 4 hrs. See trail description. Rating is low because of difficulty and the condition of trail when we road it. DO NOT bring out anyone to this ride who is not experienced as a rider, with at least moderate fitness, and who likes to take their bike for the odd walk (at least up). Every descent was ridable for me, but there were two areas on the last third of single track that the rest of the group I was with walked.

Recommended Route:
Like I said in the description we all REALLY< REALLY wonder if this trail woundn't be better starting with the fire road. However we all felt there is no easy route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Almost any trail to the east of the Powderface fire road.



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