A continuation of the Barrier Lake Hike. Instead of returning the same way, we headed down Jewell Pass. This was a beatiful trip down the mountain through a forested area. It was a hot day, so the trees provided great shade. At the bottom, we had a choice of taking the Stoney Trail (which is a bit higher than the trail we took) that following the Power Line and hugged Barrier Lake. The scenery from the Fire Lookout was awesome. Highly recommended!
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: Park2
- Thu Aug 04 06:12:51 UTC 2011
UpsideSWEET FLOWEY SINGLETRACK, BATMAN! DownsideNone (unless you want a chairlift you wuss). CommentAmazingly long technical singletrack coming down through the forest. I can't believe I've never done this ride before. And I didn't even smell like creek.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Fri May 07 18:23:35 UTC 2010
UpsideAn fairly enjoyable hike to a fire lookout that provides spectacular views DownsideIt is a long slog up to the lookout through the trees on wide trail and there are no views at all until you get to the top. After Jewell Pass, it is a long slog down and you dont see much until you reach the lakeshore. From late June until Labour Day, it can also get quite crowdwd here. CommentA good choice for early and late season as this is a low snowfall area however, snow will linger at the very top. The Barrier Fire Lookout as well as Jewell Pass are specatcular.
Posted By: vvallis
- Fri Aug 29 16:32:57 UTC 2008
UpsideGreat afterwork ride. Wicked fun and fast descent winding through the forest all the way from the lookout to the lake. DownsideLots of hikers coming up Jewel Pass on weekends. The grind up Prairieview! CommentDefinately worth the grind to the top and a short hike n' bike at the summit. Not sure if I'd do this when it's crowded with other users. perfect for a nice summer evening ride.
Posted By: davidblacklaw
- Mon Aug 11 19:55:27 UTC 2008
UpsideVarying forest environments, spectacular views from the lookout point. DownsideLong stretches through the forest where there's little scenery. CommentThis is a pretty decent walk that is relatively easy going. Most other places, it would rate as Excellent, but in the Kananaskis area there are so many fantastic hikes that you become blase. This trail is nice for a change, but if I had the opportunity to take only one hike in the area, I would pick one of the more scenic routes, like Ribbon Trail or Galatea.
Posted By: Hermanater
- Thu Nov 01 18:38:14 UTC 2007
UpsideVery nice views from the top. The lake is a nice place to relax. DownsideThe trail had few switchbacks and nothing to see but forest for the most part. CommentLiked how the forest changed going up the Prairie View Lookup, to the quiet serene forest on the Jewell Pass side. Like two different worlds.