Ford Creek Trail

Millarville, Alberta

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Basically, this trail runs parallel to Powderface Trail the highway as far as Canyon Creek, connecting Little Elbow Recreation Area to the trails in the Jumpingpound, The name is misleading. For the most part it is NOT the easy valley trail you think it is. It is, in fact, quite strenuous. Clearly, loops can be made, though if you're daft enough to try the obvious one with Powderface Ridge be sure to pack a spare pair of legs for a total height gain exceeding 1000 m. The geology is interesting. "A line of round green hills" is how geologist D. D. Cairnes described the eight hills below Nihahi Ridge and the two below Compression Ridge in 1905. Apparently, water running off the eastern escarpment cut down through bands of soft shale (valleys), leaving between them hills of erosion resistant cardium sandstones.

Ford Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Basically, this trail runs parallel to Powderface Trail the highway as far as Canyon Creek, connecting Little Elbow Recreation Area to the trails in the Jumpingpound, The name is misleading. For the most part it is NOT the easy valley trail you think it is. It is, in fact, quite strenuous. Clearly, loops can be made, though if you're daft enough to try the obvious one with Powderface Ridge be sure to pack a spare pair of legs for a total height gain exceeding 1000 m. The geology is interesting. "A line of round green hills" is how geologist D. D. Cairnes described the eight hills below Nihahi Ridge and the two below Compression Ridge in 1905. Apparently, water running off the eastern escarpment cut down through bands of soft shale (valleys), leaving between them hills of erosion resistant cardium sandstones."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Millarville
Distance: 11.81
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: Long day hike, backpack
Local Maps: Map 82 J / 15 Bragg Creek.
Driving Directions: Directions to Ford Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/1/2008
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I started the Ford Creek Trail from the Forgetmenot Pond picnic area at the very end of highway 66. Instead of going the full distance of Ford Creek Trail, I made a right turn at 10-11km in, which took me briefly onto Trail Creek, and then onto the Powderface Ridge trail to complete the loop back to where I parked the car. Upon finishing the entire 21km loop I vowed it would be a trail I would never again ride on a bike. Although, the primary reason for that was not the Ford Creek Trail portion of the ride, but the Powderface Ridge portion. Traveling South down the last part of Powderface Ridge is an insanely steep, rocky, dangerous and long descent. (I can't believe I didn't bail.) I've never had to hold my brake levers so hard and for so long. I even had to stop and rest my forearms part way down. Let off the brakes for even half a second while going down this, and you'll be bruised, broken and bloodied. But, as for the Ford Creek Trail portion of the ride, it was fun for the most part, although there was tons of climbing, and many stretches that were too much. I had to walk quite a few different parts. Going back down this in the other direction (South) would probably be a riot of a downhill ride, and I might give it a try one of these days.



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May 2018