August 16, 2010
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Reviewed by: Ecogeek
Cross Country Rider
First, I am not surprised there are no other reviews.
I know this trail as Powderface/Prairie (Short Version) or "Powderface Creek/Prairie Link/Prairie Creek" to be more specific.
This is a nice trail for those building their skills and without a lot of stamina yet.
Climb slowly (pace yourself) for 3.something km to an obvious junction in a meadow w a sign and head right. Climb some more. Again go slow whenever possible to rest and you can clean the whole thing.
Then you get a decent short downhill to link up w Prairie Creek (head right when you meet it). You actually get more of Prairie Creek than you might expect. That is a good thing.
There are a couple of sudden random ditches that you should be wary of the first time you ride this. Plenty of mud-holes after wet weather too. Like right now.
It swoops its way back to 66 with a couple of short and steep and loose climbs to train you up. Hit 'em hard and go slow to rest between them. You'll probably surprise yourself and climb them all. Slow to a crawl once you're past the tough bits and rest as much as pos ready for the next bit. Repeat. You do not have to be a v good climber to clean this trail. Mildly fit, the right bike set-up, back tire, and some attitude will get you through.
After the final (and longest/hardest) climb (left hand bend then up loose stuff to a narrow rocky 'summit' with the river down to your right), there is a sudden drop. Ridable by anyone! Get right behind the seat and get off the front brake as you drop down it. Then away you go. There is one last obstacle to test you. As you come around a left-hand corner with a sign on the cliff saying caution, you should slow down!
Good riders will fly off this at speed. Noobs had better think twice.
The rest is easy, but rooty in places. Just remember to FLY at the final swoop back up to the highway at top speed, then stand and pedal like hell so you don't stall at the final hurdle. You can do it!
This has most of the fun of Powderface/Prairie proper, but without the gnarly climbing. I reckon you are better riding the short loop twice than the long one once.
Nice short ride. Takes under 1h clean. Can be busy.
Do it clockwise you fool!
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Powderface/Prairie full loop starts at same place for a MUCH sterner climbing test with some more technical DH just after the pass too.
Once you clean the short version, it is time to find out why you didn't do the long version yet. Do it and find out! You'll hate it at the time, but you'll be ashamed to find out that cleaning the short version was really nothing at all!