Hike White Buddha via Powderface Trail



2.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1148.3 ft

Route Type


Added by Cassidy Vanderhoek

Short half-day hike close to Calgary. Beautiful views of Prairie Mountain and the Elbow Valley.

Follow Hwy. 66 until you come upon the Powderface Staging Area. This is the trailhead. If you are coming between December & May, park at the Elbow Falls Day use area and walk along the road approximately 100 meters. This trail is easy to find and is quite wide. Follow the Powderface Creek Trail for a while until you reach a bridge. After the bridge, continue for about 400 metres. You will see a trail on the right hand side that scurries up the mountainside. This is where the most strenuous park of the hike begins. Climb the trail for approximately 15 short switchbacks. You’ll know your done the switchbacks once you reach the base of the cliffs. This is an awesome place for rock climbing! Follow the trail right, making sure to stay out of the way of climbers. This trail leads directly up to the summit where you can enjoy great views of Prairie Mountain and the Elbow Valley. It took us a short 2.5 hours to complete the whole hike, with a break at the top.

If you still have energy, be sure to cross Hwy 66 and check out the Beaver Flats or make your way down to Elbow Falls. 

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