Kananaskis Country Trail Guide: Volume 2
by Gillean Daffern (Rocky Mountain Books)
© Gillean Daffern/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.
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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