Distance: 4.1 km
Time: 25 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 301 m
Elevation Loss: 4 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Quaite Valley trail is an important connector trail, linking to the Jewell Pass, Prairie View and Razors Edge trails. The trail on its own is not one that makes me jump with joy, but when used to connect to one of the three trails mentioned, or looped embracing all three, one can easily see why Quaite Valley is an integral part of the Bow Valley Provincial Park trails network. Connect to Quaite Valley by parking in the Heart Creek Day Use Area, riding the Quaite Valley Connector west to the Quaite Valley trail. Alternatively, the trail may be accessed via Prairie View or Jewell Pass.
Quaite Valley is all doubletrack which starts off easy enough up a wide gravel path. Once you reach the Quaite Valley Backcountry Campground, Quaite Valley becomes much more demanding as the grade steepens and the gravel path turns to roots, rocks and boulders. Climbing up this trail is not a lot of fun, but coming down is fantastical. The trail ends at the junction to Prairie View and Jewell Pass. If you were to continue on up Prairie View, for about 500 metres, you would access the trailhead for Razors Edge.
TRAILHEAD | N51 03.754 W115 07.984
Access the trailhead via Quaite Valley Connector. Park at the Heart Creek Day Use Area; located off Hwy 1, east of Dead Man’s Flats. Ride west on Quaite Valley Connector till you reach the clearly marked Quaite Valley Trail. From there turn right (south) to begin climbing Quaite Valley.
N51 03.754 W115 07.984 (TH)
N51 03.600 W115 07.954 (Connector)
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