Hittin' the Trails
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
powderface creek to prairie creek
We made this loop but took the shortcut called second gap. We left the highway at Prairie creek and took the path that angles up from the ditch into the forest, heading toward Powderface creek. Soon we came to a junction marked with yellow and red ribbons, we turned right and were now on the old pack trail, a well worn trail that is single file , unlike the wide 4 people wide Powderface creek trail on the far side of this vally. This trail gets full sun and isn't muddy in the spring and fall as Powderface creek trail usually is. In a kilometer or so the trail comes to a T intersection a few metres above the creek where you either go right ,which takes you up to the Vents , or left which takes you down to Powderface creek trail and the creek. ( a nice photo spot and mini waterfall ).
About another kilometer and a half yellow and red ribbons indicate the second gap trail. We followed the ribbons to Prairie Creek where the ribbons cease. The trail is mostly in nice soft moss and very relaxing, not steep except for the short descent to Prairie creek .The creek was not inviting so we hiked down stream and found a narrow spot that we dragged three logs to and crossed. From there we angled up hill to Prairie Creek trail ( a short but steep hike) . A little way down the trail we came to an area on a cliff, where a 10 metre detour takes you to the cliffs edge ,and a great spot to photograph the group. The rest of the trail was enjoyable as it went beside cliffs in places , and through a forest with the creek nearby, very relaxing. Great picnic spots everywhere.