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.
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.
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.
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.