Little Buddha via Powderface: Trail Report

If you’re looking for a quick win with big views, you might be looking for Little Buddha via Powderface. It’s a win. I mean really, you could even work a full day first and manage to hike this one before sunset. I can’t say much expect that this hike was a lot of fun and the views exceeded expectation.

Suggested Stops

The Heart of Bragg Creek cafe pretty much has my heart. The cafe and yoga studio not only has an oh-so-very-instagramable environment but serves up some mean vegan dishes and treats. Actually, we discovered this cafe through instagram. The first time, ordering all-the-carbs. Because really, it’s all delicious. A clear stand out however was the avocado toast and oat milk lattes. Oh, and if you happen to be there when they make cinnamon rolls, do yourself a solid and have one. #littlepieceofheaven

Important Insights

Verify that route 66 is open prior to attempting this hike. Watch for livestock on the road.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, Stoney, Tsuu T'ina, and Michif Piyii (Métis) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Little Buddha via Powderface Trail in Kananaskis is managed by Alberta Parks.

Suggested Stops

The Heart of Bragg Creek cafe pretty much has my heart. The cafe and yoga studio not only has an oh-so-very-instagramable environment but serves up some mean vegan dishes and treats. Actually, we discovered this cafe through instagram. The first time, ordering all-the-carbs. Because really, it’s all delicious. A clear stand out however was the avocado toast and oat milk lattes. Oh, and if you happen to be there when they make cinnamon rolls, do yourself a solid and have one. #littlepieceofheaven

GPS Coordinates

50.805528581567266, -114.84121473022813

Street Address

Powderface Ridge, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0

Directions

50km (40min) drive from Calgary or 90km (55min) drive from Canmore. From Hwy 1, take the 22 South (Exit 161A, nearest the PetroCan) towards Bragg Creek. Drive 17kms on the 22 to Bragg Creek. Take the 758 towards Kananaskis. Turn right (west) on Route 66. Follow route 66 into the park. Parking and trailhead will be indicated by signs and on the right side.

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

Open year round, best used May-November.

Trail Map

Available from the Parks Canada.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

1

Total Distance (km)

3.5

Elevation Gain (m)

300

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands

Activities

Hiking, Snowshoeing

Dogs

Permitted on-leash