White Buddha via Powderface Trail

MODERATE 68 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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
9 days 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
9 days ago

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

hiking
16 days 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
19 days 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
24 days 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
24 days 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
26 days ago

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

5 months ago

Steep hike, great views up top but extremely windy!

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
7 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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
8 months ago

Short but you'll surely get your workout

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 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.

9 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.

9 months ago

Steep but short hiked, nice view in the top

9 months ago

Nice hike. Steep but short.

hiking
9 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
10 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 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).

11 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
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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
Thursday, May 04, 2017

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

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