Flagging Powderface Ridge from the east


arlier this year we went up Powderface Ridge from the Rainy Creek lay-by on Hwy. 66.  The latest logging road that was good for biking had been reclaimed and was unusable, so we more or less hiked the old logging road in the southwest fork and found it a mess. On the return we found a better route trodden out by animals and resolved to go back and flag it. So we went back a few days ago and lo and behold someone had gone in and flagged the old route which in parts is bushy and very boggy with no obvious trail nowadays. Sorry whoever,  but we removed all of your carefully put up yellow and pink flagging and put it on our trail, a brilliant route  that takes a higher line, is easily followed (we removed deadfall and trimmed branches under the watchful eye of the wildies who stood around and watched us), and best of all is completely dry. It comes out higher on the old logging road below the steeper bit at 533347. We also enlarged the cairn at the junction with #28F.


You never know who you might meet on the trail.

To access, cross the highway from the lay-by and climb the bank above the guard rail to flagging. Here starts the recommended trail.


The old oven at the start of the cutblock.

Other things to note en route to Powderface Ridge after the latest go-around of logging.

  • After the aforementioned steep bit, you reach the latest reclaimed logging road at flagging  and have to walk up it a way to where the old 1940s road heads off to the right.
  • After passing the oven follow the rough trail at the edge of the cutblock back into trees. There meet a better trail coming down the slope from the left. Turn right and follow it down into ‘logging camp meadow’.  Then as before via #29. (As you climb the big grassy slope a view opens up of the extensively-logged slope on the opposite side of the valley!)
Grassy slope

The trail leads to the big meadow below the east ridge.


Looking down the big meadow to some of the recent logging.


The easy way through the rockband onto the summit ridge of Powderface.

5 comments… add one
  • Pete Oct 27, 2015, 7:44 pm

    Followed your route and flagging today up to the top of Powderface ridge. Nice route and I prefer it hiking the reclaimed logging road. Thanks for flagging the trail it made route finding a breeze!

  • RyderDA Sep 7, 2015, 9:45 am

    Powderface Road remains closed this year but should re-open in 2016. I’ve travelled it’s whole length, and the biggest issue is that the Shell/SLS temporary bridges are being replaced, but there’s also some culvert work being done. There’s also a washout at the south end that reduces the road to one lane (with a nasty drop on the west side); I suspect that’s why they were against re-opening that portion.

  • GMJ Sep 6, 2015, 1:52 pm

    Does that mean the road is shut permanently? or thatthe southis fixed but theywon’t open it up yet?

  • Gillean Daffern Sep 6, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Yes, walking up from Powderface road is the shortest option. Too bad Alberta Transportation decided not to open up the south end after all.

  • GMJ Sep 5, 2015, 9:14 pm

    Aha! I’ve been wondering what state that route is in, specially since Powderface Trail the road is shut (i have been up Powderface from Trail Creek more times than anyone)

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