Prairie Mountain Trail

Prairie Mountain Trail near Calgary, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
8 kms
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Summer, Fall
Calgary, AB
User Tilly
The hike consists of dirt trails. Overall the elevation gain is very steady and consistent with only a few portions that are steeper and a few flatter portions. The trail is well used and might get slippery when wet, poles might be required. The top is marked by a canadian flag and a pile of rocks. There are no trees on top and you can get a great view.

We have done the trail with a one year old in a backpack carrier and had no difficulties. It is quite a workout with a child.

Directions:

Park across highway 66 from powderface trail head parking lot. There is a
small pathway on the west side of the highway leading north. You will pass a
small creek with a big culvert. The trail heads off to the left and isn't marked.

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By razentreePosted By: razentree  - Mon Jul 09 17:29:12 UTC 2018 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside It's a tough-slog for anyone not in decent shape like myself :/
It's steep from the getgo all the way to the top! There is no reprieve so be prepared for that!
It's achievable but may require many pauses and a few breaks.

Went mid-day Sunday in July, there was a steady stream of people but it wasn't crowded and it was nice to have the motivation and tips others offered going up.

I was super impressed with those who brought under age 10 children, and those 60 yrs+. My little dog age 6 was tuckered by the top.
Downside Once parked off the highway, I didn't find the trail to be easily found. There is a map-sign but it sucks bc it's an overview of the surrounding mountains not Prairie specifically and it's not clear which trail-entry to take (there are two or three). Turns out they all seem to connect to the main pathway so not to worry if you aren't sure.

Same goes for once farther up, there are a few trail diversions but they seem to connect eventually.

It's steep so going down is tricky and very gravel-ly in parts. Lots of tree roots which can be helpful but also trippy.
Walking poles very helpful. Can get by without but it's tough on the knees fo sure. Wear grippy hiking shoes!

Would not dare this in rain or early spring, yeesh!
(unless you're well accustomed to hiking)
Comment The feeling of success touching those flags at the top...priceless!
Carb-up before you go, you'll need that energy!
By TweetsPosted By: Tweets  - Sun Jun 28 18:32:31 UTC 2015 Not Rated Question Will I need this to do Prairie Mountain...end of June? (I will be going solo).



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