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Powderface Ridge Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 2,936 ft Route type Out & Back

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The trail starts at the end of Highway 66 (about 40 minutes from Calgary). Do not be confused by the signed trailhead with a similar name further to the east on Highway 66. Park on the shoulder of the road immediately before pavement gives way to the unpaved Powderface Trail (a road; currently closed). There are several variations of the trail, all with decent views, making it suitable for a variety of fitness levels.

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Mrunalini J
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HikingMuddyRocky

My friends and I had went for a hike last Sat. The hike wasn’t too bad, it was a bit steep here and there. Small mud puddles as well. Very few raindrops, and plenty of wind at the top. The view was breath taking from the top, the hike was worth it. Although my car did get a bit damaged due to the road to get there is not properly built, I was driving at 20-30speed but still got damaged(colour chipped and scratches). From the main road, it took us about 15-20mins of gravel road to get to the place. A lot of gravel, so be careful about that and definitely considered it especially if you have brand new car or rental.

Erin Dumenko
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Hiking

Steep initially, but overall a nice moderate hike with a great view midway between forest treks and an amazing 360 view at the end. Most folks seem to stop at the first peak so the second section was really quiet, didn’t see a soul over lunch. Some snow at the top when we did it a few weeks ago and muddy trail.

Megan Rolfe
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BugsMuddy

Great trail, went up this afternoon at 12:30pm and was back to the car at 4:30pm. Moderately steep at the beginning to the East point but it's a steady up and down onto the next part of the ridgeline. A bit wet between those parts as well but easily avoidable. Only a few footsteps of the trail are snow covered and it can also be avoided. I spent about 45 mins between breaks and chats so if you're in good physical fitness, expect about 3 1/2 - 4 hours round.

Natasha Hoehn
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Hiking

Okay trail close to the city. You get few views throughout, as you are in the trees most of the way and the ridge walk portion is very very small. More of a walk to a lookout than a true ridge trail. Wonderful wildflowers in the open sections! It’s a bit of a slog up to the first peak. Most people turned around here, making the second (flatter) half quieter and more enjoyable. Can also be done as a through hike with two cars.

Avery Krahn
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Hiking

Good trail, steep enough to feel it at all times. An abundance of wildflowers and things to see. Good beginner push hike.

Lindsay Stewart
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Hiking

Great hike! A bit steep to start off but it’s gets your legs warmed up quick! Not overly busy on July 3 but very windy at the top!

Heather M
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HikingMuddy

muddy in low spots and somewhat easy to miss the turn (coming from north to south) to descend the ridge for the "traverse" - there is still a very small band of snow covering this spot only. great 360° views on the north and east high points.

Tim Prahl
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Hiking

Did this on June 25 and it was well worth it! Took me an hour from the parking spot to the first peak and then about 45 minutes more to the second. Both are well worth the summit. Still somewhat muddy between 1 + 2 but not terrible. Still snow at peak 2, which my dog loved. Most of the hike is in the trees, but was still feeling plenty hot on this warm day and wish I had an extra water bottle

Shiwu Zhang
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Hiking

We took the gravel road back to the trailhead so it is 15km total. Overall it’s a good hike with beautiful wild flowers along the trail and decent view at the ridge top.

Kevin Griffiths
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HikingSnow

June 23 Trail in very good condition., though there was a few wet and muddy sections , west of the summit. There was a small amount of snow where you gain the ridge , but no spikes or gators needed.

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Karen L
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Great hike for building endurance! Most people end off at the first viewpoint, but we continued to the second one where it was quite muddy with rolling hills. A little bit of snow at the top, but was manageable.

Jenn Christians
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Hiking

Straight up for about 1.5 hours but well wort it for a nice lunch at the top.

Heather Suttie
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HikingMuddy
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Sarah Kathleen Soltesz
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This is a quick and easy hike. It starts with a steep incline, but it doesn't last long. If you push through the first third of it, the rest is a comfortable climb. The view is pretty at the top. If you're looking for a leisurely, half-day hike, close to the city, this is the one!

Nick Man Mathias
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Hiking

Not muddy and a gorgeous view

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Shannon Ellen
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Hiking

Clear, dry hike. Lots of route options, we did a shuttle starting about 5.4 km down the gravel road past little elbow rec area and walked back close to 10km to a car left at little elbow. It was a great, easy hike with beautiful views of the back range. Route finding can be tricky so pay attention to your maps

Lindsay Gunn
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Hiking

Completed June 15th. A quick and lovely hike. There was little to no mud, just a couple spots that you could avoid. We started at around 10:15 and were back down at around 12:45, including 30ish minutes up top. A nice day out of the city!

Chris Bugan Sarmiento
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HikingMuddy

I would rate it 5 because of the views at the ridge, it’s all worth it making it to the top. My husband and I are average hikers, we reached the ridge in 3 hours and that includes our short stops. The trail wasn’t busy when we started at around 9:20am, I guess our timing was perfect. The trail is well maintained, it’s wide, it looks like a dirt road.

Sammie Bush
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Muddy

We did this today and it is one of my favourite hikes!! It's steep but not nearly as steep as Prairie mountain. Once you get up to the east ridge it flattens out and you even have some downhill. There is a good amount of mud going forward from this point but you can get around it. One you get to the ridge you have to climb through a bit of snow but it's only about 20 meters. The view is amazing and it's gets your heart pumping but it isn't too steep at any point. I will for sure do this again, one of the best hikes I've done!

A. R. Davis
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HikingMuddySnow
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Danika Nociar
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HikingMuddy
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Jirka John
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockySnow

Pretty easy hike, just the first third of this hike is lightly steep. Couple patches of the snow on the pathway, so it was melting and muddy. But in next days it’ll be better and better. 120 mins up with snack break at East Ridge and 60mins down.

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Dillon Cole
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HikingMuddy

Fun trail. Not really an out and back, but can treat it like one.

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Tanya Koob
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HikingMuddySnow

We started from Powderface Trail (the gravel road at the end of highway 66) at Sacramento Pass. We hiked to the ridge via Three Trail Pass and came down the normal route shown here. We only had 400 metres of height gain so it was easier going up. 600 metres going down I believe. Total distance of 7km with a car shuttle. We ran up to the East Ridge summit where there’s a flag. That was the prettiest part of the trail. No snow or mud on our way up until we dropped off the ridge to begin our descent. The route shown here has a lot of mud and snow. I recommend good hiking boots right now. I appreciated my poles on one very steep snowy pitch below the ridge.

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