Distance: 2.8 km
Time: 15 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 13 m
Elevation Loss: 219 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Jewell Pass is a classic singletrack trail located in the Bow Valley Wildland Provincial park near Dead Man’s Flats. Typically ridden as a part of the Prairie View to Jewell Pass Loop or the Whole Lotta Up Loop, Jewell Pass may also be ridden as an out-and-back accessed via Stoney Trail from Barrier Dam. The trail offers scenic views of the spectacular Barrier Lake and provides access to the secluded Jewell Falls; worth checking out. When ridden as a part of the Prairie View Loop, the trail is a fast and exciting descent down to Stoney Trail. Aside from a short steep climb near the end of the trail this technical singletrack, made up of roots and rocks, rapidly descends the mountainside to Jewell Creek where it crosses the creek several times. After the first creek crossing the trail gets a little more challenging with several sections that include large boulders to navigate over or around. For advanced riders this section will prove to be a fun and fast obstacle course, where several boulders may be used as short launching pads to keep you moving. Intermediate riders will find this section challenging, but good practice to advance their skills.
Please watch out for other trails users when riding Jewell Pass, as this is a multi-use trail that may be ridden in either direction. My suggestion is to ride Jewell Pass north to south for maximum flow.
TRAILHEAD | N51 01.499 W115 04.818 (SOUTH)
Jewell Pass may be accessed via Stoney Trail, Quaite Valley or Prairie View. To access the trail via Stoney, park at the Barrier Dam picnic area located just off of Hwy 40, 8 km south of Hwy 1. From the parking area pedal across Barrier Dam and follow Stoney Trail south to the turnoff for Jewell Pass; clearly marked.
N51 01.499 W115 04.818 (South TH)
N51 02.651 W115 05.759 (North TH)
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