White Buddha via Powderface Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Abbeydale, 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 March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Great hike to some fun bouldering and sport routes. Need Canadian Rockies sport and boulder books. Very little easy routes but fun. Sharp rocks and juggy.
This is a great short hike. It took us 2 hours 21 minutes return trip which included stopping atop the ridge for lunch.
The trailhead is powder face creek parking. About 350m -400m after the first bridge crossing over the creek there's a small in assuming foot path on the right going off up the hill. It's the first one you come across. After two switchbacks you have an option to go right or left. Choose left. Then there's 13 more switchbacks that bring you to the base of white Buddha.
Follow white Buddha left on the foot trail, right close to the end of the rock face there's a trail to the left that goes up. That takes you to the ridge. Great views of Prairie Mountain and Elbow Valley.
Close to Calgary. Area looks like it's straight out of the Revenant. Nice gradual incline to get the heart pumping. The path looks like an old Fire Road more than a hiking trail. The stretch going up to White Buddha is steep and I recommend poles. It was too Misty to see The View when I went.