4.5 miles
1,748 ft
-961 ft
Avg time

Prairie View Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May - November
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

This is an old school XC classic that's also incredibly popular with hikers on weekends. Weeknights are the best times to avoid dodging walkers.

The Prairie View trail begins at the Barrier Dam trail head, and follows a gravel road over the top of the dam and around the north side of the lake before heading up hill. At the top of the first short climb, cross the powerline trail and keep heading up the gravel. You'll eventually come to the junction with the Stoney Trail. Keep going up the very wide dirt and gravel path, and enjoy the 11 switchbacks. Side note: the last switchback is also the start of the Camp Chief Hector DH.

The first major viewpoint is not quite to the top of the mountain, but it's a good place to stop and collect stragglers. Follow the trail around to the right and ride as far as you can up the steep slope before doing the hike-a-bike up and over the top. Time to drop seats, tighten straps and check tire pressure before plunging down the other side! It starts off as scree and abruptly changes to roots of all sorts. Erosion has had its way over the years, and there's plenty of root steps, loose rocks and abrupt corners [it was originally a hiking trail], all of them taken at speed. Things start to level off at the bottom, and the start of the Razor's Edge trail is on the right. The end of Prairie View is at the junction with Quaite Valley and Jewell Pass trails. QV goes north to Hwy 1, and JP goes back toward Barrier Dam via Stoney Trail to close the loop.

Access Info

This trail is in Kananaskis Country. Take Hwy 1 to Hwy 40 turnoff, head south. The Barrier Dam trail head is a right turn off of Hwy 40 westbound.

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More Stats for Prairie View mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    787 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,521 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.1 miles
  • Altitude start
    4,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    1.0 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2.4 miles
  • Distance down
    1.5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,393 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 24, 2016
Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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Prairie View Trail Reports

Oct 24, 2016 @ 5:38pm
2 days
From FB: Climb was clear. Small patches of slushy ice before the Razor's junction and a few hundred metres of greasy and slushy trail near the...
Sep 20, 2016 @ 9:34pm
Sep 20, 2016
Snow up top...wet below. Prepare to be muddy and smiling!
Sep 17, 2016 @ 6:34am
Sep 17, 2016
Lower section very dry and dusty, a little loose. All in all, in great shape.
Aug 16, 2016 @ 6:51am
Aug 16, 2016
Trail is in great shape.
Aug 14, 2016 @ 6:48am
Aug 14, 2016
The trail is in amazing shape. A little loose on the climb up the switchbacks, but hero dirt on the way down.
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Technical Trail Features (TTF)


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Oct 17, 2016 @ 8:30pm
Oct 17, 2016
Prairie View, Canmore
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Oct 17, 2016 @ 8:30pm
Oct 17, 2016
Prairie View, Canmore
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Aug 16, 2016 @ 6:52am
Aug 16, 2016
| 1 comments Prairie View, Banff
204 |
Dec 13, 2015 @ 6:48am
Dec 13, 2015
Prairie View, Calgary

Routes with this trail

Prairie View to Jewell Pass Loop featured
9.9 miles
Camp Chief Hector Loop
8.8 miles
Prairie View/Jewel Pass
14.2 miles

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