Explore the most popular birding trails near Bragg Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing views from the top and great workout. Like others have said the return part can be a bit sketchy in some areas, but taking your time coming down is safe.

Beautiful views. The trip down is a bit tough on the knees - hiking poles are a must-have.

This trail is a little on the difficult side because of the incline (or decline) of the trail. For the majority of the trail you are going 3 feet forward, 1 foot up in elevation. it is a very rewarding hike with absolutely beautiful views. at the top, someone has left a Canadian flag and Alberta Flag - it is great.

If you are fit and acclimatized to the the elevation, you should be able to get up and back in 1'45" to 2 hours. If you are taking your time, I would count on it being a 3 hour hike.

Worth all of the effort.

Relatively easy walk to the flag, I think it goes on for a while longer but I didn’t have time. Also a nice trail for horses if you have!

Yup yyyyytt

hiking
7 days ago

Super swell views and a great workout. Bit steep in some parts but nothing crazy

Great hike. No flat spots at all, straight incline from the first step! The was amazing. arrived on top at 9pm the sun was setting and it was well worth it.

Great hike. Not much traffic on a Friday morning. Steep ascent doing the trail counter clockwise. The descent would be quite wet, muddy and slick after some rain. I would consider this moderate to hard due to the heat on this day.

Great hike! Like others said, be careful not to miss the trail directly to the right of the pretty little waterfall. The trail goes up quite steeply and appears to almost be an animals trail. The hike is steep and the dirt is loose and easy to slip on but the views are amazing at the top! Great short hike!

We almost got lost because there weren’t any signs. I found it hard but it was all worth it at the top!

We approached the trail to White Buddha (Otherwise known as Vents Ridge) by way of the Powderface Trail on the south side of Powderface Creek. Maps suggested an optional route along the north side but we didn't see the starting point of the north side trail. The trail north from Powderface is pretty clear once you get there but it is easy to miss it when the waterfall catches your eye. My old knees found the trail kind of steep but footing was good and overall the trail up wasn't particularly hard. The cliff face was really great. Obviously well used by climbers. Lots of hardware bolted into the rock. Shale and scree was a bit slippery for the last few feet but not a problem with the right footwear. Beautiful views all around (Calgary is visible some 60 km away). On the way down we found the trail on the north side of Powderface Creek and followed it back to the parking lot. Not easy to pick up the start among the cars but it's there. Overall a good hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Did this on July 6/18. Fairly easy hike with no exposure. Nice views. Lots of options for little side trips to other lookout points.

Maybe I'm a newbie, but found this hike on the harder side. Mostly because I was wearing nikes with no grip. My bad. slipped a couple times on way down. Took us 2 hours up and back. Trailhead is tricky to spot - like another said, you'll see waterfall on left, a few steps back is a dirt trail on the right going up - that's the one. Channel your inner mountain goat and enjoy.

hiking
14 days ago

Fairly steep for 3/4 of the way up. Last 1/4 to ridge/summit not as bad. Took 3 hours round trip from parking to south summit with a 3 year old. Great views.

Loved this trail! Path was in good condition (early July 2018). Wide enough for two to walk side by side. Lots of cows by the side of the trail but they ignored us. Cows made me think of ice cream for most of the loop...sure enough the ice cream on the way home was unforgettable! I would recommend Pistachio and Butter Pecan in a waffle cone after this hike, but you won’t need the sprinkles. All in all a memorable day.!

if you do get distracted by the beautiful little waterfall and pool, which we did, you will miss the trail going up - it's only a few feet back on the trail across from the waterfall.

Steeeeeeeeep. The view at the top helps you forget the burning legs. Great quick hike but would choose Moose Mountain over this if time in your day allows.

Very steep but short! Views from the top are amazing.

Easy start on the Powderface Trail. No markings for White Buddha, but with the app it’s simple to locate trail up the mountain. Good incline up the mountain, switchbacks all the way up. Couple decent climbs, but not overly stressful. Views at the top are amazing. A Few spots to picnic and take it all in.

on Prairie Mountain Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike. A steep hike with a wide path. Hiking poles would be an asset, bring them if you have them. The view at the end is spectacular, I will be doing this hike again.

hiking
21 days ago

I did this hike with my 14 and 15 yr old. It's a very very manageable hike with kids and some spots with nice rolling hills. Not too much climbing and some beautiful views towards Elbow once you do climb up a bit. We even ran into a bear about 10-15 feet off the track eating from some kind of bush! We had a bear bell jingling and were talking loud but there he was when we came around the corner. He didn't seem too concerned about us, foraged a bit longer, and then leisurely made his way the other way. We were glad we had bear spray and whistles, etc, even though we didn't need to use them.
The nice beginnings of wildflower season up there too.

hiking
21 days ago

I would classify this hike as moderate, it’s definitely not hard. The first little bit is kind of a slog. Great views at the top and lots of forest walking and mountain flowers. Easily done in 2 hours

Did this hike with 4 boys aged 10-16. The rocks at the end were a great stop for a snack and kept their interest. Pretty easy hike with short steeper final approach. Lots of wildflowers, good quick hike close to the city. I would like to come back here and climb. I would do it again for a quick hike when time is short or with older kids.

Follow signs for Prairie Creek Trail once parked. Couple forks in the trail at the start, but I believe all really lead to the main trail. I really enjoyed this hike! Rather steep, but so worth it!

Steep incline for the first 40-50min (longer or shorter depending on how many breaks you take), then beautiful ridge and fairly smooth descent, good workout.

Good "quick" hike for before work/after. Steep the entire way but gets you to the top quickly!

Great hike! Trails are well defined. I wouldn't say it was a hard hike. The uphill in the beginning was moderately strenuous but doable.

Short but steep trail. Good for a day where you get a late start. Awesome views at the top.

Great hike! Very scenic and beautiful views. However, I would not consider this hike as hard. It is a bit steep at the beginning, but nothing any novice hiker couldn't tackle and it can be easily done without hiking poles.

Great easy hike, loved the views of Mt Baldy and Barrier Lake. Will come back to do the whole loop including Jewel pass.

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