2 miles
Distance
36 ft
Climb
-810 ft
Descent
00:16:34
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Jewell Pass Trail
  • Friends of Kananaskis Country

Jewell Pass Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 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]

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
    00:16:34
  • Avg reverse time
    00:30:59
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Status:
on Oct 6, 2019
Variable
Avg: 4.4 (13 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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  • Closed

  • 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
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Jewell Pass Trail Reports

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      Oct 6, 2019 @ 9:52am
      Oct 6, 2019
      Top section from Quaite intersection to waterfall largelly snow covered but rideable from hiikers packing it down. No ice. Melted sections and mud...
      Sep 8, 2019 @ 9:49am
      Sep 8, 2019
      A few muddy bits but otherwise in great condition.
      Sep 4, 2019 @ 5:06pm
      Sep 4, 2019
      small muddy patches, but 95% tacky/dry
      Aug 19, 2019 @ 3:32pm
      Aug 19, 2019
      Jul 28, 2019 @ 12:57pm
      Jul 28, 2019
      Trail is all good, no issues to report.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 269 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 713 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      235 |
      Jan 20, 2019 @ 8:24pm
      Jan 20, 2019
      108 |
      Aug 18, 2018 @ 1:59pm
      Aug 18, 2018
      275 |
      Jun 22, 2016 @ 7:33am
      Jun 22, 2016
      467 |
      Feb 7, 2014 @ 9:19pm
      Feb 7, 2014

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      Prairie View to Jewell Pass Loop featured
      10 miles
      razors edge loop from parking lot
      11 miles
      Prairie View/Jewell Pass Barrier Loop
      9 miles
      Prairie Razor Quaite Jewel
      15 miles

      1 Review & Comments

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

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      youtuber THE RAZOR'S EDGE | Mountain Biking near...
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      12:49 | 168 | Apr 15, 2019 , Exshaw
      Jewell pass falls frozen over.
      299 | Jan 24, 2017 , Exshaw
      Prairie View to Jewel Pass (PVJ) - June 26 2016
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