2 miles
Distance
36 ft
Climb
-810 ft
Descent
00:16:45
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Jewell Pass Trail
  • Friends of Kananaskis Country

Jewell Pass Details

  • Riding area
    Barrier
    Exshaw, Alberta
  • AKA
    PV-JP Loop
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - November
  • Global Ranking
    #1847
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

Jewell Pass is the second part of the XC classic Prairie View - Jewell Pass loop. It's popular with hikers [and the occasional horse] on the weekends, so weeknights are a good option.

Beginning from the junction with Quaite Valley and Prairie View, head down the Jewell Pass singletrack. It starts off as fast, windy singletrack, a few hits to jump off of, with some sections of loose rock and roots. The floods of 2013 and subsequent rebuild radically changed parts of the trail. What used to be a narrow dirt trail with a few hinky bridges and techy bits is now wider, faster and pretty damn fun at speed. Take it easy on your first ride through. There's one short, sharp climb to take you out of the gully, and you're back to blasting along on rooty dirt before ripping across a cutline and dropping onto the Stoney Trail. Head left/east on Stoney to get back to Barrier Dam.

Access Info

Access is from Quaite Valley trail [Hwy 1], Prairie View trail [Hwy 40], Stoney Trail [Hwy 40]

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Jewell Pass mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -774 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,523 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,297 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,297 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,523 ft
  • Grade
    -8.333%
  • Grade max
    -28.392%
  • Grade min
    15.293%
  • Distance climb
    937 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    267 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:59
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Status:
on May 19, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.4 (10 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to jewell-pass trailhead (51.044050, -115.095960)
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Jewell Pass Trail Reports

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May 19, 2018 @ 8:43pm
May 19, 2018
Perfect trail conditions today. Tacky with only one or two super minor wet spots.
May 14, 2018 @ 9:41pm
May 14, 2018
Large snow patches on the higher ground, but rideable. Next week will be perfect.
May 7, 2018 @ 10:13pm
May 7, 2018
Still covered in deep snow. Had to walk most of it with my bike. Give it another 2 weeks.
Oct 9, 2017 @ 1:40pm
Oct 9, 2017
Dry and rocky. Say no more.
Aug 30, 2017 @ 10:25am
Aug 30, 2017
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Photos

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Aug 18, 2018 @ 1:59pm
Aug 18, 2018
Jewell Pass, Edmonton
192 |
Jun 22, 2016 @ 7:33am
Jun 22, 2016
Jewell Pass, Calgary
390 |
Feb 7, 2014 @ 9:19pm
Feb 7, 2014
Jewell Pass, Kananaskis
393 |
Oct 24, 2013 @ 5:55pm
Oct 24, 2013
Jewell Pass, Edmonton

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag em141 (Aug 18, 2018 at 13:58)
 A spectacular ride! Short but memorable.
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