Prairie View Details
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.
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 change787 ft
Altitude min4,521 ft
Altitude max1.1 miles
Altitude start4,526 ft
Altitude end1.0 miles
Distance climb2.4 miles
Distance down1.5 miles
Distance flat3,393 ft
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Prairie View Trail Reports
May 8, 2017 @ 5:32pmMay 8, 2017
|Mud and snow from Camp Chief Hector all the way up.|
Jan 29, 2017 @ 4:10pmJan 29, 2017
|Rode this Jan 29 Ascent was great. Mostly smooth with excellent traction. Studs not necessary but seemed helpful|
Nov 13, 2016 @ 4:06pmNov 13, 2016
|Dry. Perfect riding condition. Bad weather in the forecast, so ride it soon!|
Nov 11, 2016 @ 11:22amNov 11, 2016
|Dry, good to go. no snow no puddles, beauty|
Oct 30, 2016 @ 8:02pmOct 30, 2016
|Climb is clear. Still small patches of slushy ice before the Razor's junction and a few hundred metres of greasy and slushy trail near the Quaite...|
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|
|Bow Valley Extreme||162.3 miles|
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