One of the most visible Alberta fire lookout towers can be seen from below if you know precisely were to look. Trail follows the old fire road. There are connected trails in the area so it's possible to do complete loops.
Firelook out is 600 meters from High point of Prairie View trail. This is an active Lookout. Great views in all directions from the top. Including you can see Calgary to the east.
NTS Map: 082O03
Elevation Gain: 625 m (2,051 ft).
Parking area west off Highway 40 at Barrier dam, north end of Barrier Lake.
Head across the dam at north end of Barrier Lake, turn right at Y junction. Keep right at T junction, then immediately turn left onto old Lookout Access road. Begin a steady ascent. It's over 600 meters up.
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Posted By: vpathak
- Wed May 23 13:20:27 EDT 2012
UpsideEasy hike if you are reasonably fit. A little steep towards the end. We took 4 hours while doing a loop through Jewel pass and taking loads of pictures. Can easily be done in 3 hours too. Excellent views on all sides.
DownsideCan get a bit crowdy on a good day. Start early in the morning to beat the rush.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Fri May 07 14:29:15 EDT 2010
UpsideThe Barrier Lookout provides specatcular views of the Bow Valley and it is not an awfully long way from the car
DownsideUntil you get close to the lookout, the trail is deep in the forest and you do not see anything but forest.
CommentA good outing for early and late season. I'd rather do this with a bike as it is a long slog through the trees
Posted By: phillip.wray
- Sun Jul 26 23:30:08 EDT 2009
UpsideGreat view of the Bow Valley.
CommentI was able to arrive at the lookout, look at the view, and return to the car in 2h 45min.
Posted By: CWal
- Mon Jul 07 11:38:34 EDT 2008
UpsideExcellent views from the top. So rewarding.
Posted By: Rufff
- Mon Aug 20 19:32:36 EDT 2007
UpsideGreat views from the top
CommentTake Jewell Pass back down to lake. Makes it cooler on a hot day.