Explore the most popular forest 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.

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! 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.

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.

This trail was quite good! It started out with a a really easy flat walk but when you get to the path the intensity amplifies. It has quite beautiful views but I found the path hard to stay on and got lost once we hit the rock/scramble area. Everything looked like a path so we unfortunately went the wrong way but did finally make it to the cave. Other than getting lost the hike was amazing and the ice caves definitely make it worth it! It is smart to bring a strong flashlight and a jacket as the cave is cold enough to see your breath. In the opening of the cave you can climb up one of the sides for a gorgeous and slightly scary view. Biking to begin is a good idea as the beginning stretch is quite basic and is quite flat. All in all the trail is quite good just make sure you go the right way and have fun!

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8 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.

a great hike. definitely suggest a bike for the first portion IF you want to do it quick. other wise the walk is fine.
this is definitely not for little kids.
there is a bit of a rock scramble at the top to get into the ice cave.
ice cave was cool to see.
make sure I have proper foot wear..
honestly it was hard to have a dog on a leash the whole time.
they need to find their path way up and down a rock scramble. so keep this in mind..

over all it was beautiful

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

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13 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.

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14 days ago

Nice 2 hour hike. No amazing views but still really nice. Most challenging part was navigating around all the muddy spots. Some pretty steep inclines.

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15 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.

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15 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

The ice cave was super interesting. Same as every one else has said: bring a flashlight and a warm jacket. I brought a windbreaker with fleece inside and it wasn't warm enough for me. The majority of the hike was flat and it was cool to see some rams up in the mountains but the view was kind of tainted by the oil piping that was running along the hiking trail.

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.

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16 days ago

June 30, first hike of year, got heart rate going. Several sections covered with large puddles due to recent rainfall. Easy to get past. Waterproof footwear would be recommended. Trail muddy in sections but not too ‘slippery’.

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16 days ago

A nice, fairly easy hike. Some nice views and a couple inclines, not overly stressful.

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!

Would definitely suggest biking the road - then lock to a tree and then as short hike up to the caves. Bring a flashlight if you are wanting to explore inside them.

Enjoyed the varied terrain, good views on the way up but no real summit at which to picnic.

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.

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