Albertawow

Powder Face Ridge Trail

  Ratings:    Ratings 3 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 2 to 3 hours / 7K return Elevation Gain: 500m

Trailhead: Park in the ditch next to the #66 highway just before the Little Elbow Campground turn off. During the winter highway closure Dec 1st to May 15th, park on the north side of the highway opposite the Elbow Falls entrance and locate the trailhead in the Powder Face trail parking lot located a few hundred meters from the locked gate.

Description: Powder Face Ridge trail can be hiked in two directions. The first is located 100 meters past Elbow Falls starting at the Powder Face Trail parking lot, the second more southerly approach shown in the pictures below is located at the Little Elbow campground turn off. The south end trail winds it's way up through a Spruce and Pine forest opening onto a beautiful mountain meadow that leads to Powder Face ridge. In September of 2008 there was a blow down near the south start of the trail. Blow downs are rare events that are are caused by very strong winds funneled into one spot by local geography. The pictures of the fallen tree's clearly shows the impact and strength of these winds. This trail offers excellent views of Mount Glasgow, Mount Cornwall, Outlaw Peak and Banded Peak. The summit offers a classic transitional view of prairies to mountains with the city of Calgary visible on the eastern horizon. Powder Face Ridge is a perfect spring time hike for getting your summer legs back in shape.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Goose Berry campground, Little Elbow, Beaver Flat campground, Paddy's Flat campground. Trailheads to Elbow Falls, Forget Me Not Ridge, Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Ice Cave, Nihahi Ridge, Prairie Mountain, Elbow Loop and Forgetmenot Pond day use picnic area are all located near here. You are in bear country.

 

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Trailhead Located Near Little Elbow Campground Turn Off  
   
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Mount Glasgow And Mount Cornwall
   
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