Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta

 

Powderface Ridge near the end of Kananaskis Elbow is a scenic hike with great valley views.

 

 

Powderface Ridge, in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada is a popular, easy hike offering excellent views of the Elbow Valley and Forget-Me-Not Mountain.  This hiking day begins with a stop at Allen Bill Pond on the way out for a hike on this gorgeous, sunny day.

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada At the shore of the Elbow River

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada View along the Elbow River

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Receding spring ice at Allen Bill Pond in Kananaskis Country

 

The Powderface Ridge trail, at the junction of Powderface Trail (the road north) and the end of Hwy 66 is moderately steep at the beginning and more forgiving near the top. 

On this day there are wet areas from spring runoff, and substantial dead-fall across the trail from wind storms.  The sustained and moderate ascent is either over it or off-trail around it.  It is still early in the season and trail maintenance teams will soon have this all cleaned up for the summer and fall hiking season.

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Hiking up the Powderface Ridge Trail in Kananaskis Country

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Mountain view from the top of Powderface Ridge in Kananaskis Country

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada View west along the Elbow River Valley from Powderface Ridge in Kananaskis Country

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

On the return drive to Calgary, Alberta, Canada a stop at Cobbler Flats provides the opportunity for another brief walk in wonderful mountain scenery along the Elbow River in the Bragg Creek area of Kananaskis Country.

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Relaxing and light hiking at Cobbler Flats in Kananaskis Country

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Serene water at Cobbler Flats in Kananaskis Country

 

Powderface Ridge – Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada Mountain view from Cobbler Flats in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

The canal and the small wooden footbridge at Cobbler Flats were destroyed by the June 2013 floods.  A wide variety of terrain in the area was altered dramatically or washed away completely.  The area remains an excellent but different experience.

Allen Bill Pond is gone, washed away by the June 2013 flood and it's future is uncertain.

 

 

 

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