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Powderface

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Moderate to steep climb for 3 Km. Fast single track downhill with a short 2 km ride on a gravel road half way through.
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Latitude
50.680797145321655
Longitude
-114.78515625
Trail Directions
Drive west on 22X from Calgary about 20 miles. Get map.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Calgary
   


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Review Date
March 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: pinkrobe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Powderface Short loop is the way to go. Bears, creeks, climbs, 2-3 foot ruts on the DH, exposure and LOTS of mud. The trail is frequented by cows and horses, so watch for green "rocks" that look kind of wet. You can do the long loop, but it doesn't really get you anything extra, other than more climbing. Watch out for hikers on the last 1/3 of the trail, and drop-offs to your right. I've seen at least a couple of guys lose contact around a corner and go head-first into the gorge.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sulphur Springs, Moosepackers!, Quirk Creek/Wildhorse Trail



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Review Date
November 12, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jeff , from Park City, Utah

Summary:
Sorry boys. An alright trail but I'm not gonna let Bruce get away with his lame comments about the worlds best mtb area, Utah. You come on down to Huntsville Bruce and we'll see if you can hang with me on a 6,000 foot climb and then the return trip down. Pending the results, you don't have room to talk.
-Bruce spewed:
>You pussy ass americans ought to make the trip up to >Alberta and forget about that Moab crap. The >Kananaskis area rains supreme and I've ridden in most >parts of North America.

Recommended Route:
The same one everyone else is yacking about.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Two stars just because of Bruce's weak dribble.



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Review Date
October 7, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bruce , from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Summary:
Although the short loop will take you no longer than 1.5 hrs its awesome featuring a little bit of everything makin it one great ride. Steep Climbs, wicked down hills, tree roots, loose rock, and a whole lot of mud. The secenery aint too shabby either.
Today I rode it and it was completely snow covered giving it a whole new angle to experience.
This ride is EPIC no matter what time of the year you ride it.
You pussy ass americans ought to make the trip up to Alberta and forget about that Moab crap. The Kananaskis area rains supreme and I've ridden in most parts of North America.

Recommended Route:
Straight up from parking lot trail head. ( Clock Wise ) There are 2 loops to choose from. If you wish the longer with a killer uphill then keep going straight once you get to the 1st sign past the trail head. If you wish the smaller loop then turn right at the 1st sign past the trail head. Both are challenging.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mosse mountain, Cox Hill , Jumping Pound Ridge, Quirk Creek, Tom Snow, Sulpher springs....The list is endless man !!!



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Review Date
June 7, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jimbo , from calgary

Summary:
the small loop is by far the my favourite after work ride, it's only about 45-60 min ride, and 20-30 min of driving. The big loop is awesome, but I haven't ridden it enough yet. THe small loop starts with a 2.5 km climb on a rocky double track that follows powderface creek. Once this is done you come to a junction. turn right for the small loop. You then begin another climb (2 km or so) through the trees, on a wide trail with almost no rocks or obstacles. Hey, you'll notice a tree that looks like the letter "d" to your left. It's kind of cool. Once atop this climb you'll begin a super fun descent, that is fast and full of rocks, roots and and all other kinds of bumps. At the bottom you'll come to a creek (Prairie Creek), it has a bridge, but is easily rideable. Continue the trail, turning right at the trail map post, once across the creek. The rest of the trail is up and down doubletrack that is rocky as hell! Beware of pinch flats. It comes to a peak (a tiny one) that looks over the trail. Then you ride downhill to highway 66, look to your right and there is the parking lot. This trail is not all too technical, but is still a blast. Beware though of hikers (there are tons on the weekends), and the occiasional horse or two. Sometimes the free range cows are grazing away here, but oh well. All in all ride this trail, and it will become a favoutite.

Recommended Route:
take highway 22X west past Bragg Creek, follow until you see the powderface parking lot. (highway 22X turns into highway 66 at Bragg Creek). Depending on your time allowance you can ride the big loop or the small loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
too many in k-country to list.



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Review Date
January 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Danny , from Calgary, Alberta

Summary:
Short loop is great for zipping out after work and getting a quick ride in (short loop is only about 50 mins total). One of my favorite trails. There is a lot of hiking traffic on the weekends, most of them are paying attention and see you coming.

Recommended Route:
Both Short And long loops, I prefer short



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