Explore the most popular forest trails in Bow Valley Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The chained part isn’t as difficult or frightening as some might think. Cool Bits of scrambling. Very lengthy runs of scree coming down. I wouldn’t do this hike again without hiking boots. Views of the mountains and the prairies. Lots of exposure on this one. Wear sunscreen & a hat.

Did this hike on May 21. It was a great hike. I found it more on the difficult side. But 100% worth it! We went down the back side of Loder Peak down to Jura Creek, which is worth the trip. Make sure to sign the book at the top of Loder Peak!
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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!

Great hike. The snow is pretty much gone. The first part of the trail is straightforward, and then it transitions into a mild scramble followed by a tougher scramble around the back of the ridge aided by a chain bolted into the side of the mountain (not dog/small child friendly). The view from the top was superb. There were bugs about but nothing that bit, although if you don't like little flies you might consider bug spray. We ran down the scree slope on the front face which was good fun.

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!

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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!

3 days ago

Lovely views! A “harder” easy trail.

Great trail best done counter clockwise

This turned out to be quite a long hike but it was so worth it! You reach a few different summits and there’s about equal scrambling upwards as there is downwards on the horseshoe, traffic was pretty heavy but staggered so it wasn’t too congested. It took us 5 hours to complete and there was only 2 sections with snow left on it!

Enjoyed the first half of the hike, had to turn around as my dog could not get up the chimney/back part of the mountain which was too bad. Still a good day out in the mountains. Beautiful views. Very popular.

good hiking and scramble

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

Cyclists said you couldnt do the 14 km loop yet without seeing snow however going up taking your first right there was no ice or snow in sight.

Excellent early season hike, not hard like some people say. On the way up door jamb stay just to the right of the ridge and you won’t encounter much steep scrambling. If you go too far left you might find yourself facing a wall. Getting to Loder Peak is nice and easy from there. To complete the loop requires some path finding and bushwacking until you hit the riverbed from which to the end it’s a flat and long hike back to the road.

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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!

Easy walk with a beautiful view!

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.

This was a much longer and harder hike than initially anticipated. There isn't a very well defined path for around 50% of heart mountain, the path around the horseshoe is a bit better- but not something I personally would have felt comfortable navigating alone. there was still snow up to my hip at some parts on the other ridges. This took my group of 3 about 8 hours to complete.

Overall, it was a long, hard hike, but there were just enough amazing views to make it worth it all. Just be prepared- and this hike isn't well suited for most dogs.

Did this hike May 13, 2018. Good conditions. Great pick for an early season half day hike which is always worth the views. We did the ascent on the Barrier Look our trail and was in good condition - 1 hr 15 mins. Descent down the Prairie View/Jewel Pass good condition but a few snowy spots - 3 hrs. Nothing which took away from a great half day capped off with a pic-nic over looking the lake. Busy with lots of families and dogs out (including ours!)

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.

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11 days ago

A great start of the season hike. The trails are mostly dry with only a very few muddy or snow patches. Very busy this May 13 with lots of families with kids and dogs out.

Quaite is a really nice day hike or camping trip depending on your plan. You can either start by parking on the highway at the mouth of quaite creek and hike roughly 2km in or park at the heart creek junction and hike about 5 km towards the quaitee camp. Without a doubt i'd consider it an easy hike but be aware of long stretches of time where you'll be walking on a slight incline which can kill your legs slowly. Other than that it's a nice day trip, or possible 2 day trip if you wish to use it to try and link up with barrier lake for a multi day backpacking adventure for beginners in multi day trips.

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 last Friday, little ice or snow when getting to the ridge but it was quite snowy getting to the peak, we decided not to because we had no crampons, on the way down we sort of freestyled, be wary of ticks!! We found about 7 in the car on the way home!!

Great hike, not much scrambling but great views and looks like a ton of great climbing

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.

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