Prairie Mountain Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,185 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Prairie Mountain is usually harder in the spring due to conditions left over from the winter. The trail gets easier to hike from mid-summer to early fall. The trail will turn into a small creek during a heavy rainstorm and some parts will become slick from the mud. Hiking poles are highly recommended.

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4 hours ago

Great trail with decent views, great for training so close to the city

hiking
18 hours ago

A steady climb with a few great views along the way but mostly in the trees for the first hour or so. The views along the ridge and from the top are exceptional. Love this hike!

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked today, trail was great! A little muddy at the top but otherwise in great shape. Pretty steep hike! Surprised me a little but nonetheless - views were amazing on the way up and at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

Monday May 25 PM Trail conditions on this trail, are excellent for this spring, 97% dry all the way to the top today! It is hard to find any trail with this type of elevation gain, that does not have significant snow, water, and mud, at this time. The number of hikers today was reasonable and all were doing a great job of distancing.

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muddy
1 day ago

Trail was in good condition

hiking
1 day ago

Definitely very fun, a lot of uphill though and would recommend paying attention when going down. We followed hunting trail by accident going down and got lost

hiking
2 days ago

Very busy on a late May Sunday. The trail is almost completely dry except for slippery sections in the shade of trees on the steepest portion of the trail before the last ridge walk. Social distancing was difficult given the high numbers of hikers.

hiking
2 days ago

Glorious day. 3.5 hours round trip going pretty slow on the way up. Mud and ice isn’t a big issue - no spikes needed, but poles are pretty handy.

recorded Prairie Mountain Trail

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muddy
2 days ago

May 23rd/2020 - A very popular trail but a good quick hike. I would say more moderate then hard, but it does have a steady incline for most of the way.

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muddy
2 days ago

Great trail but very very busy. Pretty muddy on the top 1/3 but not terrible

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rocky
2 days ago

We did this hike this morning (5/24). It was a beautiful day, parking was rather easy, and there were quite a few others on the trail around us at any given time. It was lively and fun! We wished we had brought a little picnic for the top. Some people were smart to picnic on the ridge after the summit because it was less windy and cold. Next time! It took us just over 4 hours but we stop for lots of photo shoots

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muddy
4 days ago

Trail was muddy, but snow is almost all melted. I’d recommend poles as the incline is quite steep. Great views, worth the trek!

6 days ago

#Would say moderate hike with not a bad views, short one.

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muddy
7 days ago

Trail is easy to follow up to the first “official” lookout. Some spots were quite muddy but nothing a good pair of boots can’t handle (I don’t recommend you wearing your favorite sneakers if you don’t have hiking shoes/boots). Sections of the remaining trail leading up to the fire lookout is snow covered. The snow is melting now so it’s more slush and ice so it could be slippery. I was not able to make it to the fire lookout but I saw a few hikers breezing up it as they were much more experienced with traversing slush and ice. Overall, good hike with pretty views of foothills and Barrier Lake.

hiking
8 days ago

may 18 Another awesome day on Prairie!! Trail completely dry for more than 1/2 the way. hikers distancing well. No wind at the top today, and great views!

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snow
8 days ago

Great hike!! Took about 2.5 hours round trip. A bit of snow and ice sections near the top but managed without poles or spikes. Will definitely be doing this one again!

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icy
muddy
8 days ago

Steep trail. Still some ice and mud near top. Manageable without spikes or poles but definitely better with them. Great hike today.

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snow
9 days ago

Loved the hike. Most people social distancing but some not. Can do this one without poles or spikes now. Quite steep climb. Spectacular views.

hiking
9 days ago

May 18, 2020 | Great well-trodden trail with beautiful views, though it is extremely trafficked to be sure to watch out for people and maintain physical distancing.

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icy
muddy
9 days ago

Hiked Prairie Mountain yesterday (Saturday). Icy and muddy spots near the top. Recommend spikes and poles for parts of the descent. Base conditions were excellent.

Trails are mostly dry and steep all the way up. Before we reached to the top, there was snow about 300 meter. Trail was slushy and muddy due to the snow melting water. Excellent views of the mountain, prairie land and Elbow river. All over very rewarding making it to the Canada flag point!

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10 days ago

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