Prairie View -> Jewel Pass

Canmore

A short but epic loop to the top of a mountain.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
14 km
Ascent
570 m
Descent
570 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
Prairie View -> Jewel Pass Map

The short Prairie View to Jewel Pass loop packs a serious punch into such a short ride!

Description

With a steep climb to start, most riders will quickly be hike-a-biking to complete the climb up the steep doubletrack toward the small mountain summit. But at the top, it feels like you’re on top of the world despite such a relatively quick (albeit painful) climb. Views spread out in all directions: the prairie to the east (hence the trail’s name), Barrier Lake directly below, and then the Rocky Mountains formidable and impressive to the west.

While the climb consists of not-so-fun doubletrack, the singletrack descent down the backside of the mountain is to die for! The chunky descent flows down a steep staircase of root steps for a couple miles, before eventually bottoming out in a valley.

The descending continues, though, on slightly mellower-grade singletrack rolling down the valley toward the lake. Here, the trail is much rockier, with small-scale but consistent rock gardens spread throughout.

While the descent is consistently rough, there aren’t any huge features or death-defying obstacles, leading most locals to rate this an intermediate trail. If you’re coming from a smooth, flatter part of the world, this could easily rank among the more difficult trails you’ve ridden, so take the trail grades you hear with a pinch of salt.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Road sections
  • Roots
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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