ElevationAscent: 2,016' 614 m
Descent: -2,025' -617 m
High: 6,642' 2,025 m
Low: 4,951' 1,509 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“An okay ride with a gravel road section and some crappy bits.”— David Mills
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
On the plus side, very few people ride or hike west of the Prairie Link Trail turnoffs, so there's lots of peace and quiet if you want it.
Need to Know
The descent down to the road is rough and loose, and has become quite eroded in spots over the years. No flow here, but fans of olde-school tech XC will be happy. There will be a junction with a hiking trail, but stay left on the main route and continue down to the road.
Turn right onto Powderface Trail, a gravel road, and ride it for ~2.8km. It's usually pretty quick, with a general downhill grade and hopefully no big washouts. The turnoff to the Prairie Creek Trail is in the middle of a big clearing on the right, and should be pretty hard to miss. There's a wooden boardwalk you can ride to stay out of the swampy bits.
Once on the singletrack again, it's a pretty mellow ride all the way back to Hwy 66. Keep a sharp eye out for trees across the trail, at least until you get to Prairie Link Trail junction. The trail runs quite close to the creek, and there are often some very wet sections to contend with.
At the Prairie Link junction, stay left and keep going. For details on this section, check the Powderface Short Loop description.