5 miles
Distance
1,721 ft
Climb
-950 ft
Descent
01:11:53
Avg time

Prairie View Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Barrier
    Exshaw, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13680 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #122 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
  • 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
    771 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,521 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,061 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,297 ft
  • Grade
    3.235%
  • Grade max
    -49.338%
  • Grade min
    65.656%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,209 ft
  • Avg time
    01:11:53
  • Avg reverse time
    01:59:07
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Status:
on May 15, 2020
Snow Covered
Avg: 3.9 (12 votes)

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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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
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      Prairie View Trail Reports

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      May 15, 2020 @ 8:06am
      May 15, 2020
      I rode this the evening of May 14. The first half to two thirds is dry with some wet patches. After the two thirds point there is significant...
      Dec 18, 2019 @ 2:13pm
      Dec 18, 2019
      Rode this Wednesday. Takes some work to get down the first bit, because wind loading. Descent was narrow and smooth once you enter the woods.
      Dec 18, 2019 @ 2:10pm
      Dec 18, 2019
      Rode this on Wednesday. Easy going until near the first lookout, where last night's wind had filled in the track.
      Oct 20, 2019 @ 4:50pm
      Oct 20, 2019
      Rode Prairie View/Jewell Pass Barrier Loop anticlockwise (up Prairie View & down Jewell Pass. Trail was dry and clear for most up the ride...
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 7:22pm
      Sep 22, 2019
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 59 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
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      • 1,030 rides
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      Sep 4, 2017 @ 1:15pm
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      Mar 25, 2016 @ 12:24pm
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      Routes with this trail

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      9 miles
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Powderbadger (May 29, 2019 at 14:15)
       Good to go
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag mtnranger (Aug 9, 2019 at 12:58)
       Prairie view - jewel pass. Awesome loop, including short and steep hike a bike. Very fun descent down jewel pass trail.
      [Reply]

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      Jewell Pass // Prairie View // Mountain Biking
      12:49 | 341 | Apr 15, 2019 , Exshaw
      Prairie View ride with the Boys July 3, 2017
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