White Buddha via Powderface Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews

White Buddha via Powderface Trail is a 3.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bragg Creek, 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
292 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

scramble

Great hike to some fun bouldering and sport routes.

4 months ago

Steep hike, great views up top but extremely windy!

hiking
4 months ago

was a great day and the trail condition was ok, hiking poles are recommended at this time (because icy).

hiking
6 months ago

Was challenging near the top, the walk down was a little slippery with all the loose rock. Probably wouldn't do it again for that reason.

hiking
6 months ago

from the parking lot the trailhead starts immediately. it's roughly 1 km to the actual trailhead that branches off the main trail head on the right hand side. once you get into it it's fairly steep the whole way with quite a few switchbacks. definitely a fair amount of elevation gain in a short time and Steep and some sections as well. once you get towards the top, there is some huge Rock overhangs which provide a bit of shade. this hike is definitely not awe inspiring but more of a test of your legs. the views are nice a lot of trees for sure but there's really no big payoff at the end. it's worth checking out if you live in Calgary cause it's so close. in total from the parking lot to the top and back took roughly three hours. And I would rate this hike as moderate in difficulty.

hiking
6 months ago

Great little hike! Short but a good workout, and spectacular views at the top! Dog friendly!

6 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
7 months ago

Short but you'll surely get your workout

7 months ago

bit of a slog for a fat guy but well worth the effort :)

hiking
8 months ago

the view on top is beautiful. However, It took considerable amount of effort to get on top due to the loose rock ways, narrow path and the guess work involved at places. My 6 years old was able to get up and down by himself. I would not recommend it to people with knee injuries.

hiking
8 months ago

It's really steep to get to the top. You have to be careful on the way back. Not recommended for children or people who is not used to hard hiking. Be prepared to climb. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain.

8 months ago

Short hike but definitely steep and a good workout going up. Took about 1.5 hours total round trip with a stop for lunch at the top. Would recommend poles given the incline.

8 months ago

Steep but short hiked, nice view in the top

8 months ago

Nice hike. Steep but short.

hiking
8 months ago

Took us 1 hour 15 minutes to the top but stopped for photos and my dog wanted to sniff everything. Could easily go up in 45 min.
The top is nice to take a break, photos (great views!), and lunch.
Going down took no time at all.

Would recommend this hike for all levels. It's a quick hike but views are nice.

hiking
9 months ago

Steep switchbacks eventually lead to a rocky ridge. Once at the ridge either a short scramble or quick climb to the top. Great views of the surrounding valley and Prairie Mountain.

9 months ago

Beautiful and really not that long !!! Worth it if you don't have to much time

hiking
10 months ago

Access from Powderface access point. The parking fills up by noon in June, so get there early.
I'd recommend hiking boots and poles for this trail. The first part is easy but the ascent part has significant sections over jagged loose rock.
We took a slow pace with 3 short breaks and the round-trip was 4 hours in good weather.
There are no signs or markings along this trail until the top, however, you shouldn't find it hard to stay on the trail. Take a left at the marker pole where there is a clear split in the path. The right path does not ascend (at least from what I saw) and I believe it is called the Prairie Link trail. See uploaded photo of the map sign we found at the top. I believe the orange bolt head is the location at this point, and the Powderface Trails from Elbow Falls is the route we took. The Powderface Ridge Trail continues further up but we didn't explore that.
You can see from the map sign that the vista we saw was toward the mountain range that includes:
Remus, Romulus, Fullerton and Howard. I believe Romulus is the prominent whitecap mountain we saw on the left of our panoramic photo (uploaded).

10 months ago

Did it on May 22nd.
Nice trail, took me 2hrs to top and return with a moderate pace, starts with a easy flat walk on a gravel road for 20mins approximately, then diverts to a footpath incline all the way to the top.
View at the top is beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome hike. The last couple hundred metres involved a couple of breaks, but the view was totally worth it. Could see Calgary in the haze, and the mountains were amazing!

hiking
11 months ago

Really great hike overall, great for dogs as well. Did not take to long to get to the top. Once at the top there were stunning rocks and views.

11 months ago

Had a great time climbing this one. Short but steep. Great views at the top.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Great short hike, good elevation and tones of sport climbing routes at top shelf,,,that you can hike around no problem.
We ended up hiking down the south ridge, back to the road to make it a loop.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Excellent trail

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

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.

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