5 miles
Distance
1,742 ft
Climb
-956 ft
Descent
00:01:23
Avg time

Prairie View Details

  • Riding area
    Barrier
    Exshaw, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - November
  • Global Ranking
    #8238
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Prairie View mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    786 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,521 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,061 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,312 ft
  • Grade
    3.271%
  • Grade max
    -49.284%
  • Grade min
    65.572%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,200 ft
  • Avg time
    00:01:23
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on Sep 17, 2017
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Avg: 4.2 (5 votes)

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Prairie View Trail Reports

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Sep 17, 2017 @ 8:40am
Sep 17, 2017
Overall great shape. Single tree down on the climb.
Aug 30, 2017 @ 10:25am
Aug 30, 2017
Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:41pm
Jul 30, 2017
Jul 20, 2017 @ 9:16pm
Jul 20, 2017
Mint shape. Was sprinkling on the climb. One log on climb. Still there as reported. Only people on trail. Smoke was blown away. Trail so fun...
Jun 21, 2017 @ 7:04am
Jun 21, 2017
One tree down about 3.8 km up Prairie View, large diameter. Otherwise perfect
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Sep 17, 2017 @ 8:40am
Sep 17, 2017
Prairie View, Calgary
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May 30, 2017 @ 8:22am
May 30, 2017
Prairie View, My City
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May 30, 2017 @ 8:21am
May 30, 2017
Prairie View, My City
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May 30, 2017 @ 8:21am
May 30, 2017
Prairie View, My City

Routes with this trail

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Prairie View to Jewell Pass Loop featured
10 miles
Canmore razors edge loop
7 miles
Camp Chief Hector Loop
9 miles
Prairie View/Jewel Pass
14 miles

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Prairie View ride with the Boys July 3, 2017
25:22 | 77 | Jul 8, 2017 , Exshaw
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