Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

hiking
23 hours ago

My family of 6 did this last summer with kids ages ranging from 7-14. They had a blast in the slot canyon creek walk and in the little areas of water where they could slide in and cool off.
But (the reason for 3 stars) then we walked a long way on a dry hot creek bed and unless you loop to another hike it just ends with no real view. I would recommend just having fun up to where the creek ends and enjoy that, nothing exciting past.

Killer day. Counterclockwise is easier (go right and up at the first trail map). Go down along the lake and up for the harder longer route - watch out for mtn bikers and feel the burn. Whole loop took us 5 hours with a stop at top.

Nice day hike to do early season. Not a ton of views on the way up/down but beautiful once on top.
Expect switch backs on the way up through a forest area. But once you're out, you basically reached the lookout.

Great trail! A bit muddy to start but clears up right away. I’d suggest taking the route along the lake through to Jewell Pass instead of hopping right onto Prairie View Trail if you want more of a gradual incline. You’ll do your first 9kms and get up to the altitude slowly if you take that way rather than going right on Prairie View. Either way would be great, though! Would definitely do again.

Amazing views from the top lookout and a great hike.

It was a good day and exactly what we needed as we had a time crunch and a dog with us , who is a mediocre hiker. However as it is fast, close to the highway and canmore, and relatively well known, it was very busy. Also the top is not as spectacular as you would hope due to not going about the tree line, the plant, and being one of the smaller mountains in the area.

Beautiful trail

Great hike! It was raining pretty steady the whole time so we had to be cautious on the way down with the slippery rocks but no slips.

trail running
11 days ago

Did it today, conditions were great, quite easy one, there is only one section, which is a bit steeper, all the rest is not bad.. Beautiful views from the top, nicely spent day..

hiking
13 days ago

A nice hike with lots of rocks on the bottom half and lots of roots on the top half. Some okay views along the way and a great view at the top of the pass. We'll probably come back to head up some of the peaks nearby - you can definitely do more than just the pass if you're up for it.

Decent shorter hike! Hour and a half up, hour down. Lots of tree roots to keep it interesting. Second half steeper but definitely doable. A lot of scree and rocks so watch the ankles! Good workout, we didn’t have time to explore further but the pass is nice for lunch, view is mainly of trees though!

Little slog at the beginning but long easy decline around the loop. Awesome trail.

hiking
16 days ago

My friend and I hiked this trail and enjoyed the views! Overall was not too difficult. Windy up top and a tad chilly, we brought layers.
We also ate lunch up on the ridge line. We did hike out towards Mount Baldy and got to the third highest peak before turning around.
We didn't see any snow :) we went June 5th. It was not too busy either.

mountain biking
17 days ago

Awesome ride, though the way up is just wide double track surrounded by huge pine trees the view is extraordinary at the top. Very rewarding ride and fun rooty descent. Excellent fat biking in winter also! About a 2-3 hour ride

Did this trail yesterday (June 4th), took us 6 hours with over an hour break at the top. A couple really beautiful look out points near the top. Getting to the very tip was steep but not that bad! No snow on the trail at all. The waterfall on the way down was really nice.

We did this May long weekend 2017. The prairie view side was sunny and the Jewell pass side was snowy.

Hiked to the prairie view look out and back. Would pack more water.

Great hike, the whole loop from the parking lot took us 4.5 hours. Apple Watch gps says it’s a bit longer 15.48K. Beautiful lookout.

Great hike. it's about 2 hours up to summit with breaks and gradual climb the whole way with a short scramble at the end. Views are amazing. The loop back through Jewell Pass is mostly shady and there is a lot of creeks and even a water fall to cool off. venture off the last stretch of trail and walk along the lake to make it extra special. The loop is about 4.5 hours depending on how many breaks you take.

Great trail on the mountain but the waymarking around the parking lot is hopeless, especially at the moment whilst the return trail is closed due to flooding/landslip. Anyone who's about to do this, go counter-clockwise, follow the red diamond ♦ waymarks when the scramble steepens, walk straight out to the highway on the way back and follow this to the parking lot and ALLOW 6 hours!

Great conditions today. No issues with getting wet going up the creek, did the loop up to Loder. No snow and brace for some serious wind along the ridge.

This trail was great!! I wasn’t sure how much I was going to do, I just knew there was a lookout over barrier lake. I LOVED the Forest and how thick the trees were on the way down. I was a little concerned leaving the summit because I didn’t SEE the trail... but it rocks. :) my dog and I did it easily. We got there early and did the whole loop and with a lunch it took us about 5 hours.

reallly fun, nice scramble. It's location next to TransCanada highway makes it noisy, but it gets better as you go higher.

didn't go to jewel pass but did hike up to the Prairie view lookout. Absolutely stunning and well worth the long and strenous switchbacks. Do not give up, you won't regret it!

Leisurely day hike. Moderate uphill. great view at the top.

We did the loop counter-clockwise. The beginning and end of the hike kind of dragged on. However, the view at the top of the ridge as well as the surprise waterfall on Jewell Pass made it all worthwhile. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
26 days ago

Just a short Monday hike to show some friends visiting the area. Trail is now fully clear of snow (compared to 2 weeks ago - Early May 2018), so now its an easy 90 minute hike to the pass. Pretty windy along the ridge, so we just went a short way towards Mt Baldy.

Did this hike last weekend and really enjoyed it. There was just a tiny bit of snow at the top but it was easily circumvented.

Nice hike, decided to take the bypass for first section as there was too much water in the canyon to walk through with ease.

Completed May 27, 2018. Excellent early season full day hike. Took us 6 hrs round trip with a longer lunch break on Heart Mountain summit before heading onto Grant MacEwan Peak and the rest of the horseshoe. Hike gets full sun from early morning till the end so dress appropriate and carry hat/sunscreen. We brought our dog but if we knew what this hike was like and had done it before we would have left him at home. Definitely a tough loop for the pup. Lots of areas he will need a boost and a few spots of elevation he needed a lift / to be fireman carried up. He is a Shepard/Border Collie cross and has done summits before. This one was a for sure test for him. A harness to strap your dog in would be beneficial.

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