Kananaskis, Alberta

Hike Prairie View Loop

9 Miles Total - 645 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by Tanner Thompson

Spectacular views of Barrier Lake, and the foothill prairies.

Starting at the Barrier Lake parking lot head across the dam along a gravel road. Follow along the road and keep right as the trail follows up Prairie View Mountain. There are signs at the junctions to guide you as there are some biking and equestrian trails that intersect the main hiking/biking trail. Once at the top you are treated with excellent views of Barrier Lake, the foothill prairies, and Mount Baldy (across the lake). One the way down the west side you will end up taking the Jewel Pass trail back towards Barrier Lake, along this trail there are multiple bridges and a few small waterfalls to cool off in. Once at the bottom you will need to follow an old fire road alongside the lake back east towards the parking area to complete the loop. Try to get out on this hike during the week as the weekends can be busy.

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Mountain Biking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


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