White Buddha via Powderface Trail

MODERATE 89 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.

rock climbing
3 days ago

Went up to climb at the crag to climb and realized I'd never been to the top of the hill! The view was awesome, better than prairie mountain in my opinion. I think this will be my new go to if I want a quick hike without having to commit to a whole day of trekking.

5 days ago

Beautiful, nice and easy hike!

hiking
5 days ago

Short hike, beautiful on top, very windy

8 days ago

Nice and short. Steep at some parts. A bit of smashed up stones as you get closer to the top which can be somewhat slippery. Not too tedious and pretty easy overall.

18 days ago

Very short hike roundtrip, about an hour and a half. Beautiful views at the top, mountains in almost all directions. The elevation is a great workout for the legs, hiking poles helpful for the decent.

hiking
19 days ago

short trail with a few switchbacks. definitely doable in jeans.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail did the full loop. Powderface, vents ridge other way down and prairie creek trail back to plot on hway 66

hiking
25 days ago

Quite a short hike, from the trail head about an hour to the top. Amazing payoff once you're there. Just before the end some loose stones make for a minor challenge. We brought an 11 pound dog and he made it to the peak.

We tried to take the "white Buddha alt route" on the way down but ended up losing the trail. Instead of trail blazing we decided to double back. No worries, just stressed out the missus a bit.

hiking
25 days ago

Not an easy hike. Someone previously mentioned this would be a good trail to bring small kids on which I disagree with. The powderface trail is easy and fairly flat but once you hit the white Buddha trail it becomes moderate with quite a few switchbacks. The very end right before the top I would consider moderate-hard as we were practically scrambling on the scree. (We also didn’t have the proper footwear or equipment as we thought if small children could do it, it wouldn’t be necessary. That being said I would recommend hiking boots & poles). As other people have also mentioned it’s easy to miss the White Buddha trail if you’re not paying attention so keep an eye on your map. Once you get to the top the views are breathtaking, one side has lush green mountains and the other has snowy mountains. Took us about 90 minutes to the top (we had also accidentally passed the white Buddha trail by quite a bit and had to turn back) and less than an hour down. Great shorter hike that’s close to the city!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Not the fittest in the world and managed this with plenty of breaks and it is pretty short! Bring hiking poles for coming down as there are a lot of loose rocks. Amazing views at the top. Would definitely recommend

hiking
1 month ago

quick trail with some steep parts, but nothing crazy. view up top is great!

hiking
1 month ago

What a hike! May 6/18 a tiny bit of snow on Powderface creek trail but once you get to the turn off to White Buddha it’s dry and rocky! Great views at the top and a short trail with easier switchbacks. If you have smaller kids this would be a good option to bring them on. The trail is accessible from the Powderface parking lot and take the Powderface creek trail for around 2km until the turn off. Highly recommended hike if you are just looking for a short, rewarding afternoon hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy little hike with spectacular views!
May 3/18 - lots of snow still and slippery on Powderface Creek Trail but once you start climbing White Buddha it’s completely dry.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike with great views at the top (after my first two failed attempts to find the right trail). As the winter gate is still closed (it's the end of April), you have to park at Elbow River Falls and walk to the Powderface parking/picnic area to begin the hike down the Powderface Trail. The map of the local area at the trailhead/parking lot is missing, so try downloading or printing one in advance. As the Powderface Trail parallels the creek in the shade, the trail is still largely snow-covered. However, the trail up White Buddha is completely dry. To not miss the trail up the mountain (like I did twice), hike a little ways beyond the wooden bridge that crosses the creek (if you go now, the creek is still under snow/ice in this area) and keep your eyes peeled to the right-hand side of the trail. If you reach an open gate and fence, you've gone too far. There are no markers indicating the trail. There are a couple of rocks that look somewhat like stone steps as the trail forks off the Powderface Trail and immediately switchbacks in the direction from which you just came beginning your ascent. The trail is short, fairly steep and used by lots of rock climbers (as there are good places to rock climb just before the summit).

hiking
1 month ago

Great short trail! Did this last week and took us 65 min to reach the summit, and 40 min to get down at a steady pace. Lots of climbers out at the cliffs. The entire Prairie Mountain trail is still covered with snow and quite slushy in areas. Spikes recommend at this time. White Buddha is quite exposed and the moment you veer of the trail it's quite clear of snow

hiking
1 month ago

An awesome little excursion! Steep incline but you get to the top quickly with spectacular views.

6 months ago

Steep hike, great views up top but extremely windy!

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
9 months ago

Short but you'll surely get your workout

9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 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.

10 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.

10 months ago

Steep but short hiked, nice view in the top

10 months ago

Nice hike. Steep but short.

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