prairie view trail - Trail, Canmore, Alberta

prairie view trail - Trail, Canmore, Alberta

DESCRIPTION

A killer uphill but a wicked downhill.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 10, 2010]
hagenaar
Cross Country Rider

IMPORTANT NAVIGATION INFO. Map is currently showing wrong location. This trail is in AB not BC. Start at Barrier Lake Parking on AB HWY 40 or Heart Creek on HWY 1 for a longer loop with more single track.

Customer Service

Usually I start at Barrier, climb to the top, left down Jewel Pass, then back along the lake to the parking. Alternatively, one may start and end at Heart Creek to extend the loop and add significant climbing. For an epic ride, combine with Baldy Pass on the other side of HWY 40.

Similar Products Used:

Baldy, Jumpingpound, Cox Hill, Banff Trail/Goat Creek loop.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 25, 2005]
wolfen
Cross Country Rider

The first half of the trail is climbing up moderate grade until the last climb up to the base of the cliff. At this point you need to carry your bike up to the tower. The view up here is great and its a nice spot to rest before the fun downhill. The most technical part of this trail is the rocky single track that drops fairly steeply in a couple of places. If you want a difficult climb you can start this run at the Heart Creek parking lot off of highway 1 and ride all the way around to the switchbacks then back down. Great training ride. After doing that trail a couple times most other trails seem easy.

Customer Service

If doing this ride for training i like to take the Jewel Pass to Barrier Lake summit then back down to the Heart Creek parking lot.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 28, 1998]
Jim Hughs

It's cool until you ride off the cliff

Customer Service

Off the cliff

Similar Products Used:

Off all the cliffs

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5
VALUE
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[Nov 03, 1998]
swampy

good grinding uphill....you'll use your granny....have to eat wheaties before starting....very challenging singletrack downhill with some medium speed stretches, with lots of more slow, technical parts (mostly by the creek). One of my favorites if you only have 2-3 hours. I usually do it before I head home after a weekend of riding.

Customer Service

as posted. I usually try to ride it in the reverse direction once a year though.....it can be done!!!

Similar Products Used:

lots and lots.....kananaskis is a very big area. Don't forget about the Bragg Creek area if you are there....most excellent!

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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[Nov 06, 1998]
Lexie Lightonburg

It's a great trail and has great views. It's one of the best you can find in all of Alberta.

Customer Service

By taking the soft uphill and steep downhill.Remember to reach the downhill you need to cross some rocks by carrying your bike.

Similar Products Used:

Lots but you have to look for them from the highway.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 06, 1998]
Happy Gilmore

I loved this trails but now I'm in the hospital with major injuries.My route is bad but I liked it.Maybe because I lost my head a week before.

Customer Service

Riding through the parking lot.Once at the top ride as fast as you can through the trees.If you hit one don't worry the pain is only temperary.Then ride through the lake until getting sucked through the barrier dam.Once through leave you're bike and walk onto the highway and promptly get hit by a speeding semi going in the direction of Wintergreen ski area and then destroy all the chairlifts there as they are bad.

Similar Products Used:

All the same but instead of walking on the road walk on the train tracks.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 13, 1999]
rob

Fun in the tree. At top of trees trail is hard to find Follow ridge line west trail ducks into trees at low point of cliff

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 08, 1999]
Lee

Climb up Jewel Pass for a good break in, at near collapse you are rewarded with a fun long semi-tech downhill. Very scenic, very fun. Link up with Prairieview along the shore of Barrier Lake, begin the long long climb up to the top. Awesome views, a very demanding climb. From the top it is a mixed downhill, beginning with fun winding tight trees, finish up on high speed bumpy doubletrack back to the car.

Customer Service

Start on Highway #1, just east of the Heart Creek Parking lot. Ride over Jewel Pass, connect to Prairieview Trail, downhill back. Complete loop.

Similar Products Used:

Baldy pass

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 27, 2000]

A Puker of an uphill. Gorgeous view. Fantastic, tight, rooty singletrack downhill.

Lot's of fun.

Customer Service

You also have an option to take some single track off of the last switchback. Single track is on the right.

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4
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 26, 2000]
mike B

On a relative scale I would say the uphill on the fire road is short. Fat Bastard did it in about 42 minutes including rest breaks. But it's a great workout. If you don't have a lot of experience you can turn around at the old lookout and go back from whence you came. It's about a 15 minute ride top to parking lot and there are a couple of spots where you can experiment with single track between switchbacks. If you do carry on, save some film. You'll have to carry your bike up the easy cliff before you start the single track descent. The trail can be hard to find... just keep the ridge and you'll see it. Fun single track downhill which connects to a gravel road at the lake. I did this trail last year in 6 inches of snow, adds a whole new dimension to the uphill and the downhill. Take a patch kit and pump.

Customer Service

The route is pretty easy to determine and well mapped. Just go up the road. A word of advice, it's not far from the car to the uphill and you may not be warmed up sufficiently, ride around a bit to get those legs loosened up, you'll be happy you did.

OVERALL
RATING
4
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