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Jewell Pass via Prairie View Trail is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.9 mi Elevation gain 2,700 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Please note: The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.

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Reviews (964)
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Recordings (525)
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Amy JSt
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Hiking

Great trail - has a bit of everything; some flat parts, steep parts, treed areas, some scrambling near the top, a waterfall, some bridges, beautiful views ... I could go on. My partner and I are hikers but by no means experienced ones and the hike was just our speed. We took the loop counter clockwise for a bit more of a challenge, up on the first half for an easy come down. Only issue is that the trail head is quite far from the parking lot and we weren’t totally sure where to go at first. The all trails map is accurate for finding it though.

CC Harker
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Hiking

Beautiful day started early morning. Kept a good pace at 3.7km/h and finished in 4 hours even with a 30 min break at the top. I am not an avid hiker and this was my first hike of the year. Went clockwise and found the trail fairly easy till the falls. After that it got steeper and more roots. The scramble to the top was not bad. The view was amazing and worth the hike. Going down the other side was pretty easy and the trail was wider than on the way up. I had poles and was happy I did.

Paulina Morasse
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Hiking

Completed the hike on Saturday, July 11th. The Barrier Lake parking lot had just filled up when we arrived at 10:30 am so we parked in the ditch on highway 40. Later in the day the area around the lake was a zoo, so recommend to arrive early if going on a weekend. We completed the hike counterclockwise to do the steep section first. It was a steady climb to the top (moderate difficulty) and it was rather busy at the top with hikers and bikers. The gradual way down was the real treat with a tighter trail through the forested area and a beautiful waterfall. Just beware that quite a few people bike this trail down. Also, the elevation profile on AllTrails seems off as multiple people in the group recorded 600-650m of elevation gain. Overall, a good hike and would recommend.

Joanne L'abbe
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Clicked on the Alltrails directions to get to this hike and it took us from Calgary to Highway 40. DO NOT take highway 40 as it is private land, the road was blocked. We had to turn back and loop around on highway 68 which added a half hr to our drive which was already delayed by 45 minutes due to highway congestion. So much traffic! Once we arrived, we went counter clockwise to get the "hard stuff" out of the way and so happy we did! The view up top is worth the extra climb, don't just stop at the first viewpoint! The way down was so beautiful and peaceful. just a couple wet spot but easily avoided.

Evangeline Eldridge
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Hiking

We did this hike clockwise and started at approx. 9AM. The clockwise direction was nice for an extended nature walk through the forest and a gradual incline at the end. You walk by a nice water fall and over a bridge on the way to the top. The very last little section was a bit more challenging where you had to navigate up some slab and loose rock. Great views at the top, but by the time we reached it it was very busy with people. Heading down the trail via the Prairie View route, it was very busy. Nicer in the morning on the way up when it was quieter, so definitely get there early to get parking and enjoy the quieter trails.

Devin Stanley
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Hiking

Great trail! Took advise of previous comments and went clockwise, in our opinion it is the right choice.. long steady climb but quiet in the woods, well cut trail. Once at the summit it was rather busy and noisy, beautiful view! Easy hike down from there. Cyclists were polite, much appreciated..

A Rahman Khan
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Great!Scramble

We took a loop from Barrier Lake to Yates Mountain and back via Jewel Pass. Lovely hike with scenic view of lake and water fall. The patch from falls summit to Yates Mountain requires some scrambling but the view from the top is amazing.

Nathalie Feuiltault
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Hiking

Completed this hike 5 days ago. Quite easy; the more ‘adventurous’ last stretch was lots of fun. Great view of Barrier Lake and beautiful Peter Lougheed PP up ahead from the top.

BCJay H
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Hiking

Nice trail, we went clockwise and enjoyed the meadows along the lake, so many beautiful flowers, after turning up the drainage not to much to see but it’s a long moderate uphill grind to about 200M before the ridge, a final push up some loose slabs (not super bad) and a perfect spot for lunch with spectacular views. Heading down prairie view, starts out extremely steep with a scrambly bit, then the trail turns to a good condition all the way back down to the lake. If not interested in the hike and only the view I would go counterclockwise (up prairie view) to the ridge, enjoy, then go back the same way you came.

Jonathan Burns
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HikingGreat!

very nice hike. the trail is very well maintained, and it's fairly easy to navigate. the view from the top is well worth the effort to get there.

Bernd & Yvonne Ennig
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Hiking

2020-07-07. Took us 4 hours to complete. Summit great place for lunch with million dollar views. Went counter clockwise to get the ascent done quickly. At Jewell Falls it rained. We got a thunderstorm and lightning show along the last 3 km on my he forestry road. I know what could go wrong walking between 200 ft metal electrical towers in a lightning storm. The forestry road was discouraging as we were wet, cold and had 5 pounds of mud on our boots. But by the grace of God we made it

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Madisen Hvidberg
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Great!

Nice hike close to the city. Recommend getting there early because the Barrier lake parking lot gets quite full. Did this counter-clockwise and went straight up, going all the way to the fire station is a must! Three of us and two dogs we did the hike in 6 hours but that included a stop at the top and over an hour of time at the lake near the end. Trail was in great shape but probably don't do it if it's wet or raining.

David Markham
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on July 5. Despite all the rain in this part of the world, the trail is in great shape. The Prairie View & Jewell Pass loop took us 3.5 hours with dog in tow. An excellent workout especially on the way up to Yates Mountain, and the views are stunning. Plenty of interesting flora along the route, but no evidence of any bears. Be careful of the daredevil cyclists who also use the trail.

Shannon Abbott
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Hiking

Did this trail yesterday. Started with Prairie View and Jewell pass on the way back, with a 10 and 13 year old it took us 5 hrs. Some hikers saw a black bear on the trail up, but there were so many hikers there, felt safety in numbers. If you want more of the hike to yourself would recommend a weekday.

Alexandra K
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Hiking

Pretty views at the top - I used poles just on one steep area coming down from the summit. Went counterclockwise and took around 5 hours. On the way down there was a waterfall but the walk along the lake was long and flat. Would recommend going up counterclockwise and coming down the same way to make the hike quicker.

Megan Mierau
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Hiking

Great little hike. I’d strongly recommend! Lots of shade throughout the hike. The views at the end are lovely. Only problem is it’s often crowded. I would say it’s on the easier side of moderate.

HK McGregor
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Hiking

Don’t let the 15.9km scare you off! It took less time than I expected, was easy to follow, and had beautiful views. The path itself is moderate, but the elevation gain is definitely moving into the hard category. I went the clockwise on the route as recommended from other AllTrailsers and it did not disappoint.

Mark Creamer
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HikingBugsNo shadeScramble

Just came back from a nice walk here today! The trail is busy, so anticipate meeting some friends along the way. **It appears the bear warning which was posted previously has been removed.** this is an incline hike, so plan accordingly! my only gripe was that there wasn't much shade along the way (then again, we started when the sun was at its highest point so take that with a grain of salt). Dog/kid friendly! hiking poles recommended, though unnecessary.

Andrew Ripper
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Hiking

Good hike. Views at the top were great. Be aware there are lots of bikers flying down the trail. We had to jump out of the way a couple times- otherwise great easy/moderate hike.

Carlos Enríquez Victorero
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Hiking

Very well maintained trail with spectacular views at the top, trail was dry and easy to follow. not a difficult hike, feels like less than the information of on the app says. We did it counterclockwise and it was great, but given it was a nice day it would have been fine either way. Rewards to effort ratio was very good I think, but beware that a good chunk of the hike is in the woods.

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Kayla D.
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Hiking

A great hike; lovely view of the water below and not too crowded in the early fall.

Phil Gauvin
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Hiking

Really nice views on this trail. Most is through the forest which has narrow trails which made it better in my opinion. When you get the open spots the scenery is gorgeous. Trail in great condition.

Paul Bentley
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Hiking

Great hike. I took the counter clockwise route but wished I hadn’t because it’s quite a steep route. I’m not in shape and I found it quite tough. Thankfully it was easy enough to rest wherever you want. Beautiful hike back down though. Highly recommend the trail, but for any novice, go clockwise. You’ll be more comfortable.

Janice Turner
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HikingMuddy

Only went as far as the Barrier Lake Lookout (Viewpoint 1 ) as it was raining very hard and the mud at the top was pretty slick. Would definitely go back and go all the way. Trail is well maintained. Bear warning in area at the moment.

Courtney MacLean
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HikingBugsRocky

I found this hike to be a hard moderate due to some very steep sections near the lookout. Agree with other hikers that it would be a nightmare if wet and do not recommend this hike for children or anyone with mobility concerns. Trail is in excellent shape with a few, easily navigated muddy patches. There is an active bear warning (posted June 26) for a Grizzly sow and three cubs. We passed some very fresh scat on the trail near the lake. We were well-prepared with bear spray and a large, noisy group but take caution or consider visiting when the warning is removed. Overall, this was a very fun trail with a bit of everything (lake, creeks, forest, waterfall, scramble, viewpoint) and we enjoyed it immensely. Be sure to pack enough water because it is long!

Roxanne Hawkins
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Hiking

We read and listened to other reviews so went counterclockwise. A beautiful trail with some difficult spots (we’re seniors) but all in all it was a wonderful way to spend our day. The trek up to the fire lookout was well worth the effort. Bring bug spray and lots of water, and if it’s been raining, you may want to think twice. We were glad that the trail was mostly dry as it would have been nightmarish if it was wet and muddy.

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