2 miles
Distance
36 ft
Climb
-810 ft
Descent
00:16:50
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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2139 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #124 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    00:16:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:59
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Status:
on Jan 20, 2019
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.4 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Jewell Pass Trail Reports

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      Jan 20, 2019 @ 4:50pm
      Jan 20, 2019
      Super awesome. Mostly packed snow. A couple of the (otherwise) rocky parts in the top third were nicely filled in. Chunkier on the flatter section...
      Oct 26, 2018 @ 8:30pm
      Oct 26, 2018
      First 1/2 of trail is ice/snow covered. Barely rideable on skinny bike. Last 1/2 is dry/tacky. Totally rideable on skinny bike all the way back to...
      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.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 13 miles avg distance
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      Photos

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      136 |
      Jan 20, 2019 @ 8:24pm
      Jan 20, 2019
      Jewell Pass, Red Deer
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      Aug 18, 2018 @ 1:59pm
      Aug 18, 2018
      Jewell Pass, Edmonton
      216 |
      Jun 22, 2016 @ 7:33am
      Jun 22, 2016
      Jewell Pass, Calgary
      407 |
      Feb 7, 2014 @ 9:19pm
      Feb 7, 2014
      Jewell Pass, Kananaskis

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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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      245 | Jan 24, 2017 , Exshaw
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