Prairie Mountain Trail

HARD 51 reviews

Prairie Mountain Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bragg Creek / Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2217 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

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 an heavy rainstorm and some parts will become slick from the mud. Hiking poles are highly recommended. I have heard of people hiking the trail in the winter. As well, night hikers will enjoy the view from the summit, especially during a full moon.

hiking
4 hours ago

This was my first proper summit. Did it last year in June. Found a listing online suggesting it could be summited with kids, but unless your kids are VERY fit, I wouldn't recommend it. Our 7 and 10 year olds had to turn back well before the top.

The ascent is pretty steep most of the way up through the woods, but the first and last 30-45 minutes are both relatively easy, and the panorama from the top is completely worth the effort. Snow free in June.

Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but did get teased by a Grey jay.

Oh! And we saw a single tick, so make sure you bug spray up May-July.

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6 hours ago

9 hours ago

A good climb, doesn't take long.
1hour and 10 mins going up.- going at a fast speed.
Great hike to get ready for the season

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18 hours ago

2 days ago

Great way to start the hiking season. Bring plenty of water and a light sweater as it gets windy and chilly at the summit

5 days ago

hard but awesome. very steep at times, an incline the whole way up. But it's all worth it at the top!! beautiful view!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike. We went in April. Bit icy in one section.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, quite busy on the long weekend. Encountered a good amount of steep bits but overall not a long hike so very doable for all levels of experience. Dog and child friendly, great views at the top.

7 days ago

It gets steeper near the end but it is worth the view. I'd grab extra jacket as it might get windy at the top

hiking
12 days ago

Always a favourite hike!

16 days ago

Excellent hike super steep climb for a large portion but the view at the top is well worth it.
Conditions were excellent. Some snow at the very top excellent for the dogs to relax in!
Took us 2.5 hours

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23 days ago

Great hike to start the season. Great hike when you don't have all day. Even great for late afternoon.
No long approaches, just park and start pumping up the hill.
Up and down in 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
This time we did it in just under 3 hours without counting 30 min lunch brake bellow the summit.

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