Explore the most popular birding trails near Bragg Creek with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Steep climb this one but worth it for the view at the top. Makes Calgary look like a tiny village! I tried to run all the way up it but it’s steep and not for the faint hearted. I had to stop a few times on the way up! Very very cold and windy at the top so wrap up warm if you are walking it. Ran all the way down easily in walking boots in 20 mins. No spikes needed as most of the track is rocky and/or earthy. Minimal snow or frost at present. Good runner will go up and down in around 75 mins. Slow walker will take 3-4hours. Highly recommend this for runners and walkers as a challenge with a reward;-)

Breathtaking views from the top! Today was a beautiful day with no wind. Definitely would do again!

Completed on Jan. 12. Very little snow and only required spikes on the back loop. If you want to extend the hike, complete the back loop ( check out prairie mountain and prairie creek route ). Different views and adds about an hour to the overall experience. Easy hike for experienced hikers; hard for beginners.

Hard to rate. If you’re a beginner this is hard. If you’re an experienced hiker this is a beginner trail. Nothing technical. That being said, it is a great workout and the views are incredible. Well worth it. We only had to put our spikes on during our descent on the loop.

hiking
7 days ago

A warm winter has allowed the trail to be dry and accessible! Fantastic January hiking! Lunch by the river before hiking back made for a fun day for the whole family!

hiking
7 days ago

Enjoyed the views, came across (what we suspected) a film set down by the river. Nice nature walk to get out of the city for a bit.

A fantastic loop! Make sure to add this onto Prairie Mountain Trial to get the most out of your outing. The way down is way easier and has some amazing views.

The incline is a lot of work, but the top is quite stunning! Hard work pays off in this case!

Great hike today. Nice to have the micro spikes in a few spots. Stunning views along the hike and 360 at the top.

Can have dogs off leash once outside of the provincial park (first 500 meters... There are signs)

hiking
15 days ago

Good hike, great thigh burner with longish steep sections. Worth bringing out spikes in the winter season as it can be icy.

Hold on to to your hat at the summit as the last few hundred meters can be windy!

hiking
16 days ago

Nice quick loop with very little elevation. Not great views but an amazing forest walk. Very little snow and ice. I used micro spikes for maybe a fifth of the hike. Definitely passable without spikes, but slippery.

I wouldn’t say it’s hard. Just a good push, no snow, yak tracks a good idea. It’s a good one to do if you are ina pinch for time as we completed in 1:30. That being said we ran down and we are fit avid hikers. Great trail for dogs too!

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Well-marked, good trail for both snowshoes and microspikes given conditions.

good beginner Trail..

trail head is .5km past the road closure gate. well packed down right now with not too much snow. twice I've done this trail counter clockwise. it's probably easier clockwise from the parking lot. I was hoping to find the trail up to prairie mountain but I didn't spot it. I'll probably save that for the summer. micro spikes are a good idea.

hiking
26 days ago

nice and easy hike. I had my spikes on so no problems with all the ice but my companion hiker was slipping and sliding a handful of times cause he didn't bring any spikes. The top of the "summit" was dry and the deeper you get into the valley the snowier it was. no need for snowshoes right now!

hiking
26 days ago

We did this trip at the end of December, but there wasn’t much snow on it. Some ice and snow patches, so we used spikes on the way down but managed to go up without them. Great view on the top, and once you get up there, you will know why this mountain was named Prairie Mountain. The 360 degree view is definitely worth it.

It’s a great cardio workout too, not too long but steady steep climb pretty much all the way up to the tree-lines. Lots of people use this hike as a workout, doing it every week or doing it back to back multiple times a day.

Not hard- this trail is on the easier side of moderate.
Not many views, very forested area. Very well marked trail.
We did need our yaktrax, as there were many icy patches.

It was a nice hike a easy first but but then it’s switch backs all the way up the side of a mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Was a bit icy in spots, definitely bring some yaktrax with you. The views were mainly obscured by forest, so that was a bit disappointing. Not well marked in the very beginning, but after that, easy to follow. Lots of fat bikes out, so keep your eyes peeled.

Good for beginners, just a weeeee bit challenging like being on a stairmaster for 2 hours, crampons come in handy

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike last weekend with a friend and my dog and the last review summed it up perfectly. There were a lot of fat bikers, but not too much that made the trail a nuisance. Also, all of them that we came across were extremely nice and always let us know if there were more bikes or not.

There were a ton of cross country skiers in the area (I’m sure typical for the weekend), and didn’t have any issue. Although we did have someone at the end almost begin to lecture us about walking on the ski trail (which we weren’t, and were ensuring that we weren’t stepping on the grooved lines), thinking that we were just beginning our hike when in fact we were ending it. Other than that, everyone was respectful and nice and the trail was definitely a more easy-moderate as it didn’t require too much effort at all.

well marked, heavily trafficked. only forest views. pretty easy trail.

Trail good and compact, but still recommend micro spikes and gaiters. Brilliant sunshine and not too windy at the top compared to other days. A good hike at anytime of the year if you are looking for some elevation gain, awesome views and want to burn a few calories! Recommend going mid week though as it is a very popular trail.

this is a difficult hike for beginners, but beautiful view on top

hiking
1 month ago

Completed hike on 2018-12-02. Crampons/Ice Cleats highly recommended. Not really enough snow on this date for snow shoes. Great hike, great views especially the summit with it's 360 degree panorama.

Completed this hike a couple weeks ago, crampons not needed. It’s pretty fantastic at the top with the pearlier feels but most certainly a steep incline that can make you question for a second what you got yourself into. I was sore for a week after this hike! But the experience is worth it, a solid hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Cute hike! There were a few nice views that broke up the hike nicely. We ran into a lot of fat bikers along the way. They pack the snow down nicely so you don’t really need snowshoes at the moment. It was well marked and fun to navigate at each map post. This hike was on the easy side of moderate, not too much uphill climbing but the length might make it more challenging for some. We were able to do it in less than 4 hours with some breaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail!

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