Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Prairie View

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.
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The Prairie View Trail, often called the Barrier Fire Lookout trail, switchbacks uphill on an old forestry road to a spectacular viewpoint looking south over Barrier Lake. From the viewpoint, visitors can either continue to the north side of the ridge to that Barrier Fire Lookout and a view over the Bow Valley, or descend towards Jewell Pass on a trail that is a little less obvious from the top, but becomes more clear as you reach the forest. 

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Open
Length:6.6 km one-way to viewpoint
Elevation Profile421 m / 1,368 ft m
Type:Connector Trail
Out-and-Back
Group Size Limit:15  (Permit information)
SummerHikingMtn Biking/Cycling
WinterHikingFat Biking
Trail Map Bow & Kananaskis Valleys Trail Map
Trail Report:Bow Valley
Trails  Kananaskis Country  - All Parks
Updated: Jun 16, 2022