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    Jeff E reviewed Prairie Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Did this hike today 3 September 2018. Conveniently only an hour from Calgary. As others have said, you will drive past the trail head and park on your left in the little parking lot. Then you cross Highway 66 and walk towards your right, passing at least one other trail before you get to this one.

    Arrived just after a heavy morning rain so there were not many people on the trail. A lot of the hike is through forest, emerging from time to time in the open air and then to a kind of open field at the top. No scrambling or scree towards the top just a pretty easy walk up to a beautiful view and a rock cairn with a flag planted in it. There was light snow on the ground in the trees starting at about halfway up the hill.There are some steep sections on the way up to test your cardio, but not too strenuous. I enjoyed walking through the forest parts but from the comments below I gather that is not for everyone. All in all I thought it was a great hike. Would do it again

    Jeff E completed Prairie Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Jeff E saved Prairie Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Jeff E saved Miners Peak

    3 months ago

    Jeff E saved Moose Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E reviewed East End Of Rundle (Eeor)

    5 months ago

    Great hike with a lot of variety in terrain. Beautiful views, a sort of meadow/grassy area just before the rock and scree on the way to the summit. For the last stretch might be easier to put away hiking poles for the scramble, but poles really help on the way down. Cold and windy at the top so be sure to bring warm layers. We started late and got to top around 1630 hrs. Had some light rain and temperature up there was only 7-8 Celsius.
    We went same day as John Harris below, on Saturday July 21 and he describes the traffic jam due to construction just before the trailhead. It is faster when you leave than when arriving but be prepared to wait a while.

    Jeff E completed East End Of Rundle (EEOR)

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Indefatigable Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E completed Rimwall Summit

    5 months ago

    Jeff E added Rimwall Summit

    5 months ago

    Jeff E completed West Wind Pass

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Rimwall Summit

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Old Goat Glacier Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Three Sisters Pass

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Big Sister Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Spoon Needle Route

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Old Baldy Ridge Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E reviewed Wasootch Peak via Kananaskis Peak Route

    5 months ago

    Great hike (July 5, 2018). Very strenuous! Really challenging from a fitness perspective. As for climbing I’m a novice but the only hard part from a climbing perspective was the steep slope of scree right before the summit. I finally gave up just prior to the summit, and found the descent on that slope hard and a bit nerve racking. Still, the view from that slope near the summit is wonderful and worth it.
    Be sure to bring lots of water because it is quite a workout (for me anyways!) and once you get to the scree it’s very dry and there is no cover from the sun. Aside from that section, for much of the hike you are in the forest or in and out of it which is very nice.
    Finding the trail head from Highway 40 is a little hard. There is nothing to indicate where it starts. Just look for the dry creek bed and trust your GPS (I used Google from AllTrails). There is a helpful little pile of rocks someone put but it is hard to see from the road. Once you make it up to the creek bed then there are some helpful signs that people have left, including an arrow made of rocks and another pile of rocks showing where the path begins. I included both in my photos.

    Jeff E added Wasootch Peak

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Boundary Ridge Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E saved Baldy Pass Trail

    5 months ago

    Jeff E reviewed Wasootch Ridge Trail

    5 months ago

    What a great, challenging, trail! Hiked Monday, July 2nd. The views as you continue along the ridge path get better and better as you get to higher and higher points along the ridge. I started late afternoon and had to turn back at about 4 km in at 6 PM when rain and fog set in. As others have said the wind on the many exposed areas can get cold, and temperature and weather up here can change very quickly, so bring a few different layers. The steep beginning section is challenging on the return descent (particularly after a couple hours of rain to make it muddy and slippery). Going to come back and do this in the morning on a clear day and see it all. Well worth it.

    Jeff E completed Wasootch Ridge Trail

    5 months ago