Prairie View Trail to Jewell Pass

MODERATE 96 reviews

Prairie View Trail to Jewell Pass is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis, 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.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3234 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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5 days ago

Steady hike up to the first peak, and a bit of a scramble up to the second peak. My husband carries our one year old son on his back with poles, and it proved a good workout. We descended down the backside and completes the jewell pass. Just when you think you are unsure whether you took the right trail keep going! You will hit a small clearing and turn left to continue on to the river, waterfall and back to the water. The pass is underwhelming to be honest, but proves to be a good second half workout. Views from the top of Prairie are beautiful!

12 days ago

Tough first 5k uphill. Trails are well groomed. Nice view at the top.

13 days ago

Had a lovely day out! We hadn't planned to do this hike but ended up deciding to alter our route last minute. It's a bit of a slog for the last little bit to the top, but the views are incredible. The way down through the trees offers a nice break from the sun/wind. It is very doable, my 14lb dog did the hike.

15 days ago

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21 days ago

It was a little hard for my very first hike! My legs were definitely sore the next day, But it was super worth it and a great hike in general. was also nice that everyone I talked to was extremely friendly!

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21 days ago

A solid spot -quite populated but for good reason as the lookout points are stunning. Agree with Keith below, the jewel pass is much more scenic, tranquil, and less crowded; an enjoyable descent.

21 days ago

Great day hike. For a much more scenic route up to the Fire lookout take jewel pass, a little longer but so worth it.

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23 days ago

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25 days ago

Fantastic hike! Started up the east end and after you make it up to the first view point of the prairie view trail, there's a second higher one if you climb up a steep cliff with a bunch of stepping stones. Totally worth it!

Hiking down the rest of the trail into jewels pass is the perfect way to end the hike too with tons of beautiful vegetation on a soft dirt path and a river that runs through it. There's a waterfall, still frozen (May 30th) but the water is flowing. I brought my life straw water bottle and was able to get some really cold water there. Definitely would recommend grabbing one :)

Finish the hike along the lake at the bottom and it makes for a solid 4 hour trip if you take a lunch and a few stops to enjoy the beauty!

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26 days ago

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27 days ago

Really nice! The ascent up the east side is challenging without being a slog. The south view from the lookout is incredible. The north view from the firewatch is absolutely worth the extra 45-60 minutes RT.

The western descent, down Jewell Pass is a nice, gradual winding trail across a creek. There's a waterfall, but it was frozen when I went in mid-May.

The toughest bit is the walk back along the lakeshore. It's attractive enough, but cold and windy.

hiking
27 days ago

What i like about this trail is that there are 3 major places you can stop and look at the view, there's a small scramble route that's pretty fun. lots of traffic, the only downside.

27 days ago

28 days ago

Great views from the top. Take plenty of water as the temperatures start to get warmer. The trails are pretty dry already, just the odd spot where there might be some puddles or mud.

hiking
28 days ago

A nice hike. Gradually sloping up. Once you get to Pigeon look out, you can continue to the fire look out.

1 month ago