4.5 miles
Distance
1,590 ft
Climb
-847 ft
Descent
01:35:49
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, Fat
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #5997 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #7731 in Trail Running
    • #1095 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 100 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.

Open for winter fat biking:

https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/bow-valley/prairie-view/

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.

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More Stats for Prairie View mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    742 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,522 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,091 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,548 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,289 ft
  • Grade
    3.1%
  • Grade max
    -63%
  • Grade min
    69.2%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    23 ft
  • Avg time
    01:35:49
  • Avg reverse time
    02:03:57
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on Jul 31, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 3.95 (19 votes)
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      Prairie View Trail Reports

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      Jul 31, 2022 @ 7:59am
      Jul 31, 2022
      Jun 18, 2022 @ 9:57am
      Jun 18, 2022
      A few puddles, generally in decent shape
      May 2, 2022 @ 10:23am
      May 2, 2022
      90% dry with a few icy patches, especially near the top in the trees, but in great shape. No crampons needed for this section
      Mar 22, 2022 @ 9:53pm
      Mar 22, 2022
      Some mud, some snow, some ice! Bring studs for your tires and your feet (for the hike a bike)
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 3:52pm
      Mar 20, 2022
      Good hard packed snow. Icy on the hike a bike sections - would help to have spikes on your shoes. Studded tires essential for occasional ice. ...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 9 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 99 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,493 rides
      • Last: Aug 18, 2022

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      Apr 21, 2021 @ 6:20pm
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      Apr 21, 2021 @ 6:20pm
      Apr 21, 2021
      386 |
      Sep 4, 2017 @ 1:15pm
      Sep 4, 2017
      713 |
      Mar 25, 2016 @ 12:24pm
      Mar 25, 2016

      Routes with this trail

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      Prairie View to Jewell Pass Loop featured10 miles
      Prairie View/Jewell Pass Barrier Loop9 miles
      razors edge loop from parking lot11 miles
      PV and Razors12 miles

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      happywarrior (Jul 28, 2022 at 10:28)
      This is a hiking trail. The climb is very much a hiking trail, so too is the descent. Just for anyone expecting an actual blue bike trail…

      This should be labelled as hiking primary on trailforks
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      evangelineleclair (Jan 18, 2021 at 15:41)
      18JAN2021- LOST BONTRAGER BIKE LIGHT on either PVJ OR JEWEL PASS. If found, please let me know!

      Oh yes, trail conditions are amazing.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      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]
      • + 0
      Powderbadger (May 29, 2019 at 14:15)
      Good to go
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      Jewell Pass // Prairie View // Mountain Biking
      12:49 | 1046 | Apr 15, 2019 , Exshaw
      Prairie View ride with the Boys July 3, 2017
      25:22 | 557 | Jul 8, 2017 , Exshaw
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