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. Trail Tag: Powderface Ridge. 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. 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. Group pauses at Three Trail (Powderface) Pass. 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. 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Of course with any low km trail, you should be expecting a steep incline, this was the case for powderface east ridge! Its proximity to Elbow Falls, Powderface Ridge, and Beaver Flats can make it very busy, especially on weekends. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. 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. 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. print. North Eastern end of Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit. 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. Trails are snow-covered with depths ranging from 20 to 40 centimeters. 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. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. The most recent trail report said -“Powderface Trail Road open but poor driving condition”. 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. 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. Fog blowing through as we ascend from Powderface pass. 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. Use caution at creek crossings. Tues. 28 December: Powderface Pass Powderface Pass - my final adventure of a record year. 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 … Hiking with the Beanz ; Hockey with the Beanz; Photo Gallery; Hairy Bean Facts; Cool Beanz. 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 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. North Fork Trail (southern portion to Death's Head intersection). The shortest way is from a high “pass” on Powderface Trail at about 7 km north of Little Elbow campground. 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. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. Soon the forest thins, announcing your arrival at the pass. 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. 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. It was a funny weather day. 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. We and everyone else out inspecting the road can report that it’s in pretty good condition especially the northern half. PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN GETTING THERE: Prairie Mountain is a very popular hiking trail about 1 hour west of Calgary on Highway 66 in Elbow Valley. Autumn colours are still bright in parts of Powderface Creek. Other short options that also connect with Prairie Creek trail: #24 Corri Robb trail over Vents Ridge and #23 Second Gap trail. AllTrails Link: Prairie Mountain, Prairie Creek, Powderface Creek Trail Loop. Type: out-and-back. North Powderface Ridge. Primary Menu. There are Three H's in Life: Hockey and Hiking. 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. Looking north from Powderface Ridge in late fall. Northover Ridge Trail. Traveling in groups, making noise on trail, keeping pets on leash and carrying bear spray is highly recommended. 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. North Fork Pass trail. 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. 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. Open to Snowmobiles December 1 to April 30 inclusive. North Powderface Ridge Route. 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. Elev: about 640 meters Distance: about 7 kms round trip Brent lives in Queensland. Turn right and re-enter the forest for some somewhat easier climbing until you come out on the ridge. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. 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). add photo. 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. Search for: Hiking. I want to do. It was a funny weather day. Powderface Ridge. Downhill section from there was mostly... Sep 9, 2020 @ 9:48am. 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. Occasional soft spots elsewhere will need a bit more ditching and gravelling. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. add review. About the Beanz; The H’s. North Kananaskis Pass (Maude Lake) Trail. Both were added to my outdoor arsenal only this year. The Bragg Creek area is another exceptional place to go hiking for those looking for a quick day trip out of town. 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. POWDERFACE RIDGE A strenuous climb from either end, with great views and flower-filled meadows at the top. Sep 12, 2020. Sep 9, 2020. Tough technical climb to the Ridge junction. 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. North Buller Pass Route. 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. Users should come prepared with warm clothing, extra socks, and a backup plan. Nihahi Ridge Trail. It was a funny weather day. Be wildlife aware! It was a funny weather day. At the meadows the trail splits and we will be heading up to Powderface Ridge. Town: Kananaskis, AB. 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. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. Turn left and climb Powderface Ridge Trail to the summit. Agree with excel - Rode West-East from Powderface rd. It was fitting that I made use of my MICROspikes and my snow shoes on this trip. (Honest, no Photoshopping involved!) 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. Great views from both ridges. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. Roady Tune; STUDS; Travel; Search. POWDERFACE RIDGE 7 km one way 640 m/2,100 ft. End of Highway #66 or Three-trail Pass. Status of Powderface Trail | Information & Issues | Kananaskis Outdoors Forum. We made the short climb up to Three Trail Pass admiring the wildflowers on the way. 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. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. I did this. Very quickly we came out of the trees onto the col below Powderface Ridge. North Kootenay Pass Trail. We had lunch on the summit … As well, watch for slippery sections, overhanging or downed trees, and other natural hazards. Ride up the Powderface Trail to the intersection of the Powderface Creek Trail. To start, it was overcast and dreary in Calgary, and even in the mountains clouds were swirling about. Powderface Trail (road) closed to automobiles December 1 - May 14 inclusive. 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. You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. We decided to go up to the summit of Powderface Ridge to start: The trail up the north end of Powderface Ridge. Notes: Vault Toilets are open, however visitors should plan to bring their own sanitary supplies, including paper and sanitizer. A strenuous climb from either end, with great views and flower-filled meadows at the top. Coming home in the car, we saw great thunderheads forming. Then we returned to the summit and walked south to the boulder field, where we … North Molar Pass Trail. May 20, 2016 - After a hiatus of three years, Powderface Trail the Road finally opened on May 16. 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