Powderface Creek and Pass Topo Map

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The name Powderface commemorates Stoney Tom Powderface and his family who lived near the Elbow Ranger Station during the 1920s. Before this time the creek was called Rainy and shown as such on Wheeler's 1896 map, a name resurrected and transposed to the neighboring valley carrying the highway in 1983. An exploration road and trail carries you the full length of the creek over a pass to Powderface Trail the highway. Some observations: The fastest way onto Powderface Pass and Powderface Ridge is from the unofficial west access—a mere 1.3 km. Otherwise, this trail works best when combined with either Prairie Link/Prairie Creek trails or with Powderface Ridge which requires two vehicles. Another suggestion is to turn north at the pass for a spot of gentle ridge wandering over Powderface Ridge north.
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Mar 2018