We decided to go up to the summit of Powderface Ridge to start: The trail up the north end of Powderface Ridge. POWDERFACE RIDGE 7 km one way 640 m/2,100 ft. End of Highway #66 or Three-trail Pass. North Powderface Ridge Route. The first to get to Powderface Pass got nice views to the west but it socked in again for a bit on the way up the ridge from there. A well-packed snow/ice trail made for fast hiking, enabling our group of 4 fit and enthusiastic Ramblers to average an impressive 4.2 kph (moving time) in both directions. Powderface Ridge from West via Three Trail Pass - Tue, Aug 25 2020 Print-Friendly Version Download to your Outlook Calendar PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page. This hike is listed in Gillean Daffern's Kananaskis Trail Guide volume 2 The hike starts by heading up the Powderface Creek Valley to the meadows of Three Trails Pass. Elev: about 640 meters Distance: about 7 kms round trip Brent lives in Queensland. The east ridge route is a fun, unnofficial trail that starts from Rainy Summit and climbs up the rocky east ridge over a hump known as Sunrise Hill. Then we returned to the summit and walked south to the boulder field, where we … Other short options that also connect with Prairie Creek trail: #24 Corri Robb trail over Vents Ridge and #23 Second Gap trail. There was much layering and de-layering as the sunny sheltered areas were quite warm but in the open areas the wind chill was decidedly chilly. An hour into the hike, the clouds parted, the sun came out, leaving us with a gentle breeze and temps in the low 20's C, perfect for hiking. Search for: Hiking. Notes: Vault Toilets are open, however visitors should plan to bring their own sanitary supplies, including paper and sanitizer. However before when we got to the summit less than 1/2 an hour later it looked like this. print. North Buller Pass Route. It was fitting that I made use of my MICROspikes and my snow shoes on this trip. Ride up the Powderface Trail to the intersection of the Powderface Creek Trail. Trails are snow-covered with depths ranging from 20 to 40 centimeters. While the usual hiking route would be inaccessible due to the closure of Highway 66, the approach along Powderface Creek likely wouldn't be a problem. As well, watch for slippery sections, overhanging or downed trees, and other natural hazards. So first of all hike up the unlovely Powderface Creek Trail to Three Trails Pass. I did this. Hiking with the Beanz ; Hockey with the Beanz; Photo Gallery; Hairy Bean Facts; Cool Beanz. A big wind recently made most of the autumn leaves go "poof" but there were still some pockets to provide photo ops. Agree with excel - Rode West-East from Powderface rd. Stars: Activities: hike mtn-bike Seasons: spring fall summer From: dartagnan686. Fog blowing through as we ascend from Powderface pass. (Honest, no Photoshopping involved!) To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. Its proximity to Elbow Falls, Powderface Ridge, and Beaver Flats can make it very busy, especially on weekends. North Bragg Trail. This forum is for you to use as you wish for asking questions or generating discussion on non-motorized use of trails in Kananaskis Country or of issues relating to trail use. I want to do. May 20, 2016 - After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16. North Fork Trail (southern portion to Death's Head intersection). There are Three H's in Life: Hockey and Hiking. Distance: 18 km Elevation gain: 850 m View map Download GPS track Hiking Powderface Ridge this past fall I realized that it would likely make a nice snowshoe trip with minimal avalanche risk come winter. Tues. 28 December: Powderface Pass Powderface Pass - my final adventure of a record year. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling. There is apparently a faint trail we can follow that will take us to the top of the North Ridge. Trail Tag: Powderface Ridge. The most recent trail report said -“Powderface Trail Road open but poor driving condition”. Very quickly we came out of the trees onto the col below Powderface Ridge. Roady Tune; STUDS; Travel; Search. It was a funny weather day. Turn left and climb Powderface Ridge Trail to the summit. A strenuous climb from either end, with great views and flower-filled meadows at the top. An hour into the hike, the clouds parted, the sun came out, leaving us with a gentle breeze and temps in the low 20's C, perfect for hiking. North Eastern end of Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit. Both were added to my outdoor arsenal only this year. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. Powderface Ridge Trail Total Distance: 0 km. Lots of loose rock both up from the Powderface Trail/Road to the junction with Powderface Ridge trail, if you can get over those (or push) the... Sep 12, 2020 @ 6:25pm. To the south, the snow-encrusted cone of Banded Peak dominated the skyline, while along our western horizon was the wall of Nihahi Ridge, with its many avalanche … Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN GETTING THERE: Prairie Mountain is a very popular hiking trail about 1 hour west of Calgary on Highway 66 in Elbow Valley. 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To the left is a trail to Powderface Ridge, straight ahead a continuation of the Powderface Creek Trail which drops down to the Powderface Trail Road (lots of Powderfaces here, all named after a local First Nation’s fellow). An hour into the hike, the clouds parted, the sun came out, leaving us with a gentle breeze and temps in the low 20's C, perfect for hiking. It was a funny weather day. Use caution at creek crossings. Town: Kananaskis, AB. Type: out-and-back. Traveling in groups, making noise on trail, keeping pets on leash and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. North Molar Pass Trail. Right from the car you basically walk straight up for 3km’s with a slight break in elevation right before the last section followed by a wide-open free for all up to the flag pole. North Powderface Ridge. It was a funny weather day. Northover Ridge Trail. Group pauses at Three Trail (Powderface) Pass. Nihahi Ridge Trail. Approaching the ridge from the north and east is a better option for this time of the year as it’s much closer to the winter gate right by the trailhead for Prairie Mountain (highway 66 west of here is closed from Dec 1 st to May 15th). The trail from Powderface Trail road, up to the Three Trail Pass, through the trees on a good track, seemed shorter and less steep than I had remembered. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. It was a funny weather day. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. The most common way to hike the ridge is from the south at the intersection of Powderface Trail and highway 66. AllTrails Link: Prairie Mountain, Prairie Creek, Powderface Creek Trail Loop. At the trail’s apex you can either stay on the trail that traverses the forested eastern slope, or do what we did, which was to enjoy more ridge by heading south to just BEYOND the top at 520325. 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. A much longer but quite enjoyable trail is the Powderface Creek trail, which runs all the way up the cool, shady valley of Powderface Creek to Three Trail Pass on the ridge and is also good for skiing in winter. You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. POWDERFACE RIDGE A strenuous climb from either end, with great views and flower-filled meadows at the top. Note: Most often people don't go all the way to Three Trail Pass, preferring to combine the easier first section of trail with Prairie Link #22 and Prairie Creek trails to make an 11.8 km loop. North Kootenay Pass Trail. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. Great views from both ridges. The Bragg Creek area is another exceptional place to go hiking for those looking for a quick day trip out of town. Of course with any low km trail, you should be expecting a steep incline, this was the case for powderface east ridge! We made the short climb up to Three Trail Pass admiring the wildflowers on the way. Powderface Trail (road) closed to automobiles December 1 - May 14 inclusive. add review. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. The shortest way is from a high “pass” on Powderface Trail at about 7 km north of Little Elbow campground. Soon the forest thins, announcing your arrival at the pass. 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. We will follow the Powderface Creek Trail to Three Trail Pass just below Powderface Ridge to our South and North Powderface Ridge to the North. A longer but more popular summer trail goes up from near Little Elbow campground at the start of gravel road, and finally, the longest route involves slogging up a trail beside Powderface Creek. An hour into the hike, the clouds parted, the sun came out, leaving us with a gentle breeze and temps in the low 20's C, perfect for hiking. Starting at the Three Trail Pass pullout on the Powderface gravel road the plan is to climb up to the main Powderface ridge before returning the same way and then adding on as much or as little of North Powderface as we feel like, all dependent on how much snow we encounter on the trail. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. Access: End of Highway #66 or Three-trail Pass, 7 km one-way, 640 m/2,100 ft. PRAIRIE CREEK The first two kilometres of this trail climb the edge of a cool, shaded canyon. That was good enough for us, so off we went mid-morning (May 29) for a quick jaunt up Powderface Ridge from 3 Trail Pass, via the shortcut route. Powderface Ridge. Where a blog has been linked to the forum, please follow the link at the bottom of the blog to the forum to make comments. Status of Powderface Trail | Information & Issues | Kananaskis Outdoors Forum. North Kananaskis Pass (Maude Lake) Trail. We had lunch on the summit … After spending some time on the high point of the ridge, we descended towards Three Trail Pass and had lunch in a toasty sheltered spot. We hiked up the ridge line, arriving to a chilly wind which kept changing directions, from north to west to east. Looking north from Powderface Ridge in late fall. Sep 12, 2020. The trail will of course be snow covered and may get a bit icy if it warms up a bit so microspikes are mandatory for this hike. 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