Prairie Mountain Trail

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Prairie Mountain Trail is a 6.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bragg Creek, 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
6.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
666 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

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.

22 hours ago

Yup yyyyytt

2 days ago

Great hike. No flat spots at all, straight incline from the first step! The was amazing. arrived on top at 9pm the sun was setting and it was well worth it.

Steeeeeeeeep. The view at the top helps you forget the burning legs. Great quick hike but would choose Moose Mountain over this if time in your day allows.

8 days ago

Very steep but short! Views from the top are amazing.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. A steep hike with a wide path. Hiking poles would be an asset, bring them if you have them. The view at the end is spectacular, I will be doing this hike again.

18 days ago

Follow signs for Prairie Creek Trail once parked. Couple forks in the trail at the start, but I believe all really lead to the main trail. I really enjoyed this hike! Rather steep, but so worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

Good "quick" hike for before work/after. Steep the entire way but gets you to the top quickly!

21 days ago

Short but steep trail. Good for a day where you get a late start. Awesome views at the top.

22 days ago

Great easy hike, loved the views of Mt Baldy and Barrier Lake. Will come back to do the whole loop including Jewel pass.

hiking
28 days ago

Hike: 7.5KM
Elevation Gain: 690M
Moving Time: 2.5HRS

Steep challenge all the way to the top/ incredibly rewarding view! Will do this again!
Did this hike at the beginning of may! It’s popular- lots of traffic! Some snow!

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28 days ago

Great hike. Now our annual Father’s Day hike.

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29 days ago

Super rewarding hike! 10/10 would do again

29 days ago

Great quick hike. We went yesterday in the rain and there was almost no one else on the trail. Unfortunately the summit was in the clouds so not much of a view! Some steeper sections, I would recommend trekking poles. A great place for dogs, (sticks and squirrels everywhere)

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome workout trail.

hiking
1 month ago

A rewarding view for a moderate amount of effort. I've brought friends new to hiking on this several times and while it can be a bit of a grind through the forest, it doesn't last long and the payoff is huge!

hiking
1 month ago

A really steep climb! Don't underestimate it!
It's not a particularly long hike, however, if you grind it out you can make it up in an hour and a half. Would definitely make for a nice sunrise hike.
There is no scrambling on this trail so it is kid/dog friendly in that regard.
The views are varied, with a nice look at the mountains on one side and the foothills/even Calgary in the distance on the other.
Finally, make sure when you are coming down that you don't take a false trail! You need to stick to your left when you come down, don't take trails that go straight. Found this out the hard way. If you do, its bushwhacking until the very bottom where there is a separate trail near a creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect incline: at parts any steeper would have required our hands, but were comfortable in our moccasins and Chuck Taylors respectively. Nice amount of canopy. Great payoff at the summit. Sunny Saturday AM was not too busy maybe saw 50 others all morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout! Stunning views.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep. Good hiking shoes or boots are a must. Poles would be a bonus, I did it without. Great open view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging trail with incredible views. The trail is broken out into what feels like “steps”. Each step involves a somewhat steep climb and then levels off slightly to let you catch your breath and take in a view. After the final step, a moderately graded and remarkably scenic ridge walk takes you to the summit where the views are worth staying awhile to take in.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in good condition, very dry. We met several hikers today. Hiked with two small children so it was slow going (5.5 hrs round trip), my 8 y/o niece made it to the summit!

1 month ago

Can be gruelling on the way up, but the views are completely worth it. Nice and short hike that is very close to Calgary

1 month ago

Great incline on the way up and a nice view at the top.

1 month ago

Lovely, sweat inducing trail!

1 month ago

Amazing view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout hike! This hike is steep, but worth it for the views at the summit. Lots of people (dogs, kids, all ages). Took us 3.5 hours round trip with a lunch break, and a newbie hiker.
I wouldn't rate this as a hard hike, it's just very steep, literally takes your breath away!

1 month ago

Honestly an amazing hike with a beautiful view at the top!! Don’t be like me and wear runners! Get yourself some good hiking boots and a walking stick.

1 month ago

The trail is still mostly snow covered. Spikes/crampons and hiking poles are advised. There is an amazing view at the top. It was such a clear day you could see past Calgary.

hiking
1 month ago

Great summit-bagging warm-up hike. Hiked with a newbie, 3 hours and 30 minutes up and down. Beautiful day! Trail is definitely getting wider since the last time I hiked it before the floods.

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