Distance: 5.1 km (current)
Time: 1 – 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 167 m
Elevation Loss: 492 m
Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
An incredible trail with stellar views and exciting terrain that puts it in a class of its own. Razors Edge is like no other ride in the Bow Valley. It’s a BIG all mountain trail that utilizes the distinct and rugged terrain found in Quaite Valley. Accessible via Quaite Valley and Prairie View, Razors starts innocently enough. The first section of undulating singletrack running along a bench cut is one of the easier sections to navigate on this ride. Ascending gradually out of the thick forest and up to the first of many ridge lines, the trail only gets more intense. On the way up you’ll be greeted with short, but steep sections of slab; while climbing and descending. Once on the ridge, the riding gets very technical. The narrow sections of ridge made up of rock, boulders and slab will keep one on their toes, while the descents down the longer sections of slab foretell of the riding yet to come.
What makes this ride so unique is the final section of exposed, steep and open ridge which will take you down lengthy sections of slab towards the highway. Expect long and steep sections of slab and in some cases very loose rocks. Incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley below make this ride not only scenic, but spectacular. The trail builder has really nailed it with this trail, offering something for the more advanced rider that currently does not compare to any other rides in the Bow Valley.
Important Note: Razors Edge has received preliminary approval from Parks and once the proposed one kilometer extension, connecting the ending of Razors Edge with Quaite Valley Connector is constructed, the trail will become officially sanctioned. For now, please ride this trail at your own risk and be very careful when riding the highway shoulder back to Quaite Valley trail; about 1km in length.
TRAILHEAD | N51 02.563 W115 05.409
Park at the Heart Creek Day Use Area, located off Hwy 1 (TransCanada). Ride east along Quaite Valley Connector to Quaite Valley. Take a right (south) up Quaite Valley till you hit the Prairie View and Jewell Pass junction. Continue on up Prairie View for about 450 metres to the trailhead for Razors Edge on your left, heading north.
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Accessing the trail
To access Razors Edge, park at the Heart Creek day use/parking area and ride the Quaite Valley Connector east to Quaite Valley. Turn right (south) on to Quaite Valley trail and ride it to the Prairie View/Jewell Pass Junction. Continue on up Prairie View for about 450 metres to the trailhead heading left. Razors Edge will circle back to the Quaite Valley Connector which you will ride back to Heart Creek. The distance and time stated herein is just for Razors Edge, factor in about another hour for the ride to the trailhead and back along the connector to Heart Creek.