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Jewel Pass

Average Rating:    (4.44 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

The start is up and down singletrack through the bush until you start the climb. It's one hell of a climb to the summit so be in shape for sure. Once you're at the top it's smooth sailing from here. Very technical downhill, awesome scenes, the best. After you're down you come to barrier lake, take a plunge you'll need it. then you ahve to climb back up over the mountain again, this ones a little easier but the summit once again is beautiful. The descent is an old fire road so buckle up!!!!
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Latitude
51.074625519670135
Longitude
-115.05157470703125
Trail Directions
Heading west on highway #1 from Calgary it's just accross from the shallow lake in dead mans flats where all the wind surfers go. Take the off ramp then left over the overpass to the trailhead.
Trail Length
more like height
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Canmore
   


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Review Date
August 13, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ecogeek ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
No reviews in 8 yrs?!
Brought Mrs. Damp conditions. Lack of up to date info. Recommend full suspension.
Combined with Stoney Tr and HWY for 30km loop. With hindsight I do not recommend this loop at all. More later.
Jewell Pass itself consists of:
3km Rooty singletrack with some quite technical obstacles - bridges. All ridable. Noobs can avoid the tricky bits - by walking! But, why not have a go. Sure, you might fall on your head in a creek.
3.7km fireroad climb. Mostly easy. A couple of steep and loose pitches. All ridable. Need reasonable fitness to clean whole thing. If you do not ride much it will be hard. If you ride once a week or more it will be easy.
3km Singletrack swoops and downhill. Upper intermediate technical difficulty in a few spots.
This trail is too short to bother with on its own and is in no way worth driving from Calgary for. That was the reason we combined it w Stoney Tr and the HWY for a moderate workout worth the drive.
Having made that mistake, I can clearly see why this trail is usually combined with the advanced level Prairie View Tr.
Trouble I had is that the Mrs could not ride Prairie V and it would have sucked on a hard-tail anyway. I felt quite guilty on Jewell with my full suspension eating the roots and rocks whilst the Mrs bumped along.
Why I whine about the loop:
The northern few km of Stoney Trail has no redeeming features. It is boring, no views, enough of those 20m long mud-holes that are precisely as wide as the entire trail to really P you off, every rock is a perfect sphere (thanks to proximity to the river) and there is plenty of horse/cow 5h1t. There are also lots of branching trails and ZERO trail signs. The correct route is taped w orange tape, but without that info and without knowing for certain, I had to stop and check the GPS at every junction. If you take Stoney, you arrive at the Rafter Six Ranch. Then you get the living hell of riding on HWY1 with Semis sharing the shoulder with you all the way back.
An alternative is to take the road down to the group camp and then take the trail that heads right at a left-hand bend in the road. If you follow that until it runs out completely, and then skirt clockwise around the base of the hill to your right you will find you saved 4km of the highway. Still sucks tho!
Jewell itself is fine. Good for building tech skills. Too short.

Recommended Route:
Do not bother with a car shuttle just for Jewell. Criminal waste of fuel.

Combine with Prairie View if you have a full suspension bike and the skills. Sadly this prevents bringing weak riders.

Doing Jewell + Stoney + HWY avoids the shuttle, but be prepared for the tedium of Northern Stoney Tr and the horror of the highway. This does allow lower intermediate riders and those on hardtails to come along. If you take this option you probably won't be desperate to do it again in a hurry! Lol. But you might do Jewell + Prairie V - clearly the smart move.
Did I make that clear enough yet? JEWELL + PRAIRIE V!!! Lol.
Jewell gets 3* overall cos whilst it is a 4* trail, the problems with making an enjoyable loop that is ridable by intermediate bikers and the short distance of Jewell on its own both detract.
Combined w Prairie V it is probably a much higher overall rating - as reflected by other reviews.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Terrace.



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Review Date
November 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: les , from Valemount

Summary:
This is an awsome ride with long climbs and fun descents. You get everything from tight technical to swoopy to open fire road descent. Don't forget to hike up to the lookout tower it is only a few minutes but it opens up a beautiful view. This is a must do ride if you are in the area.

Recommended Route:
Start Lac Des Arcs and loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jumping pound Cox mountain, Canmore Nordic Centre, and Lake winekaka.



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Review Date
September 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ron , from Canmore

Summary:
It's a good work out, Jewel Pass is about a 300M climb (loose rocks) and Prairie View is about 500M (a decent path with good traction), both with the steepest sections at the top :-). There's some nice single track, especially the 3km along the highway and the trail once you're over Jewel Pass. The Prairie View single track down is so rooty and rocky (I think it's degraded a lot in the last while) that is wasn't that enjoyable, even on a full suspension.

Recommended Route:
Start at Lac Des Arcs, do the 3km single track (which, in my mind, is some of the most fun riding on the whole trail), go up Jewel pass, down to Barrier Lake and then up Prairie View and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Benchlands, Alpine Club, Minnewanka, the Nordic Centre (but you need a local to show you where all the single track is and to tie it together for you - there's some great riding there with some insane downhills but finding it is a bit of a problem).



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Review Date
November 7, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: ing , from Calgary

Summary:
Easy to moderate climb up Jewell Pass, although long. We rode it at the end of October when the trail was wet and as a result, tricky in areas. Proceed over the pass and down to Barrier Lake - this section of the trail is more technical with boulders, and tight little turns. Take a breather at the lake and then ride straight on to the base of Prairie View Trail. The climb up to the summit of Barrier is relatively short (4.5K). Get ready to hike your bike the last .5K or so, check out the scenery and then start looking for the way down. The trail is not immediately obvious, but is definitely a thrill to cruise down once you find it. Lots of roots make this portion of the trail a challenge. Intersect with Jewell Pass and fly back down to the highway. Watch out for hikers. My recommendation? I wouldn't want to ride it the other way.

Recommended Route:
Highway #1, before Lac Des Arc. Avoid the 3K straight trail which runs past the pond and begin your ride at the base of the gravel road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Baldy Pass. Prairie View Trail



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Review Date
September 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: les , from Valemount

Summary:
This route has it all. Good solid climbs and nice technical single track. There are plenty of scenic stops and even a few places to stop and swim. This is a must ride if you are in the area.

Recommended Route:
Start off highway one and make it a loop. The climbs are full but the singletrak is great!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jumping pound Cox mountain



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