Distance 9.3 km one way, height gain 341 m, moderate
Prairie is a beautiful valley — far more scenic than Powderface — and unlike Powderface it is often in dry condition long before the winter gate opens on May 15. Relatively few people follow this trail from highway to highway and so never get to see the prairie bit. The vast majority start from Highway 66 and either make a loop with Prairie Link and Powderface Creek trails (11.8 km) or take a stroll to the promontory at the 2 km mark where the creek below you is closeted in a most unprairie-like canyon.
Start: East access Hwy. 66 (Elbow Falls trail) at two parking lots.
Powderface Trail (road) at Prairie Creek
Difficulty: Easy
Note: Flood damage has been repaired and the trail is in good condition throughout.
  • Beavers have returned to Prairie Creek.

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 2 Trail #20

Trail start: Prairie Mtn 50.86577N, -114.78974W

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Last updated Aug 20, 2018