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

My friend and I hiked this trail last weekend (May 19th). It had been awhile since either of us had hiked, and this trail was a great (re)start to our hiking adventures. The trail is wide and easy to navigate. The views at the top are amazing. Be sure to go beyond the first lookout to get even better views!

I do this hike once a year. The views at the summit are phenomenal.
It’s fairly easy until you reach the tree line to the top of the summit, it gets pretty steep. But the most challenging part is the fairly large incline right before you finish the trail back to the parking lot. It always gets me :/

Great hike! Very rewarding!

Excellent hike with amazing views at the top. May 20/18 Trail is muddy throughout until you get past the treeline. A couple sections of snow still left up near the top but easy to navigate through. Beautiful 360 views at the lookout up top. The last km back to the trailhead is steep and really makes you work for the finish line! Love this hike and it is dog friendly as long as you leash them at the sign as you approach the last push to the summit.

I quite enjoyed this hike!! The views from the top are amazing. I found the hike pretty easy except for a bit of a scramble to the top. I plan to do this one again!

Amazing views with an amazing hike! Definitely worth the hike up and around!

3 days ago

Decent hike but the payoff wasn't really great. Was quite busy and windy at the top but ok overall. Bring sunscreen, quite a bit of sun exposed stretches. My little dog enjoyed it!

trail in good spring shape, a little water and mud, snow in a few patches but nothing that a little soap and water can’t take care of. The views at the top are second to none BUT it’s very steep to get there and the lower half of the hike is all in the trees with little view. Well worth doing once, not sure I would return quickly.

Great trail best done counter clockwise

Great hike. A bit of a grind at parts but a wonderful view at the fire lookout. Went straight back down rather then taking the loop

excellent spring hike. spectacular views for moderate effort. snowy up higher take but microspikes not necessary.

7 days ago

Great first hike of the year, still too snowy to make it to the top of the mountain but we had a great time!

May 16, 2018.

Forgiving trail with a mild to moderate slope up, nice and shady as you go up to the lookout. However, doing the loop will take you about 4-5 hrs total and although you get to walk beside a lake for a few kms, its definitely a much longer walk than going straight back down the same route. Jewell Pass is heavily forested and there is a small waterfall along the route. If you're wanting to do a quick hike, don't loop. The snow is pretty much melted so no worries about that. Great prairie views on Barrier Fire Lookout and the view of the lake at the top is gorgeous, the lady manning the lookout was also very friendly and told us more about the surroundings. It gets busy mid-day so do try to get out early.

My friends and I did this trail yesterday. Nice wide trails, gradual slope up. Was a nice challenge, but nothing too crazy or difficult. The panoramic views at the top are beautiful and breath taking. Not too far out of Calgary, was only about 50 mins from out of the city. Would definitely recommend this hike.

We ended up just hiking to the Prairie View summit and back down, but I would have loved to have done the entire loop. However, it was really warm (29C) when we did this hike, and the trail isn’t terribly shaded. Would have enjoyed this even more on a cooler day, rather than battling with the heat as well.

9 days ago

Completed MM trail today - May 15

There are a few sections of snow still in the initial 2-3 km before you clear the tree line, but nothing to warrant extra equipment. Beautiful hike, easy to follow the trail so no route finding required. Great little early season hike. Completed in 3.5 hrs.

Really nice hike! Not too difficult! The view was beautiful from the summit, and alongside the lake walking down Jewell Pass. Perfect conditions right now.. only a little bit slippery walking down Jewell Pass.

Nice hike with a great view at the top. A bit muddy on the last bit of Prairie View Trail, and Jewel Pass Trail was fairly snowy on the way down. Took about 4 hours round trip with a 15 minute stop at the top.

Did this hike yesterday (May 6). Stunning views at the top, make sure you go all the way to the fire lookout and say hi to Flocka the dog! Hike up through the woods was pretty uninteresting, trail is mostly dry until you get up to the top. Poles would help but we were fine without them, spikes not needed anymore.

17 days ago

Went on Saturday May 5, still lots of snow in the last km to the top, bring poles and waterproof shoes. First 3km were nice condition though. Took us 1.5 hrs to go up with 2 kids and a dog, but also took us 1.5hrs to get down because of all the snow, very slippery.

18 days ago

Went today and thoroughly enjoyed this hike though poles and micro-spikes are still needed. Some loose rock/avalanche areas and icy steep parts. It took us about 2 hours up and about that back, but we were sliding quite a bit. Didn’t think we needed our micros-spikes so we only brought poles. Nice to have lunch at the top!!

The trail on the way up was great, with barely any snow on it and just some mud. However, on the way down via Jewell Pass, most of the trail was covered in snow, some points being snow up to our knees. Most of the snow was compacted from previous hikers but quite slippery. If you’re looking for an extra challenge definitely take Jewell Pass down. It took us 4.25 hours with a 15 minute stop at the top for lunch and plenty of water breaks.

Definitely recommend ice cleats! Did it this weekend, worth it for the views and seeing the helipad and fire lookout cabin is pretty cool!

Great hike! Pretty slushy on the way up to Barrier Lake, but worth the view. Definitely recommend to keep going too, there’s a little scramble up to the higher viewpoint near Yates Mountain, but it’s a beautiful view of the prairies/flat land. The hike up to see the helipad and fire lookout definitely needs ice cleats, but worth the extra effort up that way too! Really cool seeing the highway and the different mountain ranges. We carried back on down the rest of the Prarie Trail and ice cleats really helped with the slush skidding. You go by a frozen waterfall and different scenic parts, it is quite long but is all good for a solid hike! Took us 6 hours to do the whole loop, and to check out the helipad, and for a few breaks. Popular hike so get there early!

1 month ago

Trail had some gorgeous views but was very narrow so passing people was a bit of a pain as the snow to the sides of the trail was VERY deep. Once we arrived at the end of the trail the wind picked up and snow rolled in so we did not stay long.

Great views at the top for such an easy hike! However, it is quite a long trip to take the Jewell pass on the way down. The map on the trail is a bit deceiving. If you’re looking for a shorter hike, I would go back down the same way. Really pretty walking along the lake though!

Great hike, easy to the top of Barrier Lake Look out. Recommend snow shoes from top of Barrier lake to jewel pass and back to the parking lot

Awesome views! Trail was nicely packed down. We had spikes on, but could have easily done it just in hiking boots. We hiked up Prairie View Trail, then once at the top we took the Barrier Lookout Trail to the summit of Yates Mountain to the fire lookout station & heli pad. Well worth it!! Came back down and descended on Jewell Pass.

Did it on 18th Jan 2018, trail covered with snow but packed down due to high traffic, no snowshoe needed but only micro spike and poles.

Love this hike. Stunning views from the top with a picnic table to have your lunch. You can also sign a visitors book. Has some steep parts but overall a great hike.

Windy around the lake and at summit, but warm in the trees. Brought snowshoes in case but didn’t end up needing them, the trail was pretty packed down. Amazing hike, will definitely do again!!

Alrighty then....went up a roughly compacted prairie view trail. We were on snowshoes but others had beaten up the trail with just walking on it. Great hiking through the trees. Was super windy so it was nice to be protected in the trees. Had to kick off the old snowshoes to climb up the trail as it went up behind some steep rock. Came out on top and needed snowshoes as it got deep. There were some signs with arrows at that point, that helped showed us the way as the winds had blown the snow over the trail. Once we went passed the amazing 360 view, there were two arrow signs and that was it. Unfortunately it took us off the trail and was very confusing as to where to go. There needs to be better marking at the top and on the whole prairie view trail until it meets Jewell Pass trail. Thankfully we had AllTrails app that helped us find the loop out. There were no other tracks or markings to find the trail. Another gal was lost and found our tracks in the snow. Was so beautiful coming down through the trees on Jewell Pass trail as the trees were still covered with snow. Definitely needed snowshoes to do this Loop as it got really deep after the top. You should be able to find the trail from our tracks, as long as it doesn’t get blown over again. Awesome hike. Harder to snowshoe in all the foot holes from boots. Was like walking on a fluffy cloud after the top.

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