Powderface Trail

Powderface Trail: a memorable road trip

The scenic and twisty Powderface Trail is a very exciting journey located  in the front ranges of Kananaskis Country, in the heart of Alberta, Canada. It is a spectacular drive which demands serious respect.

How long is the Powderface Trail?

The road is 34km (21 mile) long running north-south from Highway 68 (Sibbald Creek Trail) to AB-66. At the beginning of the road a sign warns: ‘Road not recommended for travel. Use at your own risk’. Caution: watch for livestock on road. The road cuts through remote Kananaskis Country environs, running alongside creeks and dense coniferous forests.

Is the Powderface Trail dangerous?

It is a twisting, turning, roller coaster well maintained gravel road. Some parts of the tough stretch of gravel are periodically washed away. There is no cell phone coverage so be prepared. Heavy winds sometimes blow over the ridge. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Keep in mind the trail requires some skills as gravel is loose in some sections, bumpy stretches and very dusty conditions.

Is the Powderface Trail open?

Located in the heart of Rocky Mountains, drive with care as this is a mountain road topping out at 1.854m (6,082ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. It’s closed from 1st December to May 15th, weather permitting.

 

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