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prairie view trail

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No. of Reviews: 11

A killer uphill but a wicked downhill.
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Latitude
49.03786794532641
Longitude
-115.3125
Trail Directions
From exit to Kananaskis Villige go 4 km until the barrier dam.Then cross the dam to the trail.
Trail Length
15 km
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Canmore
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Review Date
July 25, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: wolfen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
October 16, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Johnny Gash , from Edmonton, AB

Summary:
WEEEEEEEEEE!!!! WHAT A HOOT!! The uphill was a little excessive. I don't care what any schmuck says - UPHILL SUCKS. However, it is worth it for the downhill!! I live on the prairies so the whole altitude thing actually affected me. Who knew a lack of O2 affected the WHOLE body?! Anyway, dress appropriately because the weather does move fast. We actually became part of it when the clouds swallowed us!! (Although it IS pretty darn cool) The ride down was, well, intense. I was focused because I haven't experienced such a long downhill run like that before. That's the best part - it takes so damn long to get back down again. And through various stages that are all unique in their own way. First, hilly windy singletrack, then Blair Witch forest, then bridges and streams, boulders and rocks, greasy mud, and of course - ROOTS and ROOTS and more ROOTS!!! Whew, I'm getting excited again. I better go. I think my bike needs a lube job...

Recommended Route:
There IS only one route. Well, the coolest one anyway. Park the buggy at the lot and get ta warmin' up. EAT SMART AND BRING MUNCHIES. Give 'er down the gravel road on the north side of the lake and keep venturing right. The best way is to haul up Prairie to the peak. I know this because we first started to go in on Jewell Pass until a guy came screamin' in from the other way and agreed with us that we were pylons and that we should go the other way. SO GO UP PRAIRIE VIEW!! There are signs all the way up. Go up the old fire road or forestry trunk or whatever the hell it is or was. Takes a while considering all the f*****g switchbacks. Phil (see below) is right. Save time by cutting through on the singletracks in between the switchbacks. Takes about an hour depending on the kind of shape your in. It's a helluva workout to get to the summit. Follow the road until you get to top and scale the rock (this is when you wish DH'ers were light as XC's!!!! Ha! Ha!) Take the singletrack on the right hand side (if you're facing the lake) Be persistent - on a cloudy peak it's hard to find!! Once yer on it, appreciate Hayes, point and then shoot!! Prairie View takes about 25 - 30 min and then through Jewell Pass is another 15. Again, depends on how fast you want to crash. All in all takes about 2 hrs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I dunno. Haven't tried anything else. Suggestions??



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Review Date
October 15, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Phil , from Sherwood Park, Alberta

Summary:
Climb up Praireview trail first, if you decide to go Jewel Pass and come down Praireview, you'll miss a killer downhill. The Praireview trail starts out as a old fireroad. It's a wicked uphill climb but worth it.
There are some single tracks throughout the climb. Use them, You'll save time and energy because they're between switchbacks. When you get to the lookout, you'll think you're at the top, but there is one final rock climb to the top of the mountian. The trail will turn into a single track. You'll know you're at the very top when you're standing beside a huge metal board. The trail is kinda hard to see. If you follow the ridge, the trail starts to fall to the right of the ridge. There are also orange tage to show where the trail goes. Praireview is technical and hard on the hands. It's a killer downhill. Once you finish
Praireview, turn left and finish your ride by going down Jewel Pass. This trail is worth the long hike up the mountain. Lots of rocks, roots and some cool bridges. Once finished Jewel Pass follow the gravel road back to the Parking Lot. Approx time: 2-2.5 hours

Recommended Route:
East towards Canmore on Highway 1, turn south onto Highway 40 towards Kananaskis. Park at Barrier Lake Dam, it's just past the tourist centre.



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Review Date
August 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mike B , from Edmonton, AB

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
July 27, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Summary:
A Puker of an uphill. Gorgeous view. Fantastic, tight, rooty singletrack downhill. Lot's of fun.

Recommended Route:
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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