The trailhead was a bit of a challenge to find in the dark. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada. Womens Vintage South Prairie Washington Mountain Hiking Souvenir V-Neck T-Shirt. It’s doable but often very muddy. In total it took 2 hours and fifteen minutes to get to the summit, and an hour back down. The hike climbs 726 metres (2381 feet) in only 3.8 kilometres one way. The hike is a family friendly hike, and accessible all year round, but certain conditions will require different pieces of equipment. Over this, I wore a thick sweater and thin windbreaker jacket. Her aim on her hiking travel blog, Prone to Wandering, is to reach people who travel to hike, and lead them to new adventures and outdoor self sufficiency. Very enjoyable! Thanks for reading! Aside from a cornice that will stay for most of the spring, the mountain is usually bare. The Prairie Mountain trail heads left. Due to it's close proximity to Calgary the trail can be crowded. However, in the winter, you can expect ice and snow, so pack accordingly. From there, it’s an easy push to the summit! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gonna scale it this weekend. The Prairie Mountain trail climbs immediately. This was that much harder as we had to hike down on our own – no trams but that’s what I liked about it too. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. To get on the trail, cross the highway, then cross Prairie Creek and look for the trail going up. Have you been up Prairie Mountain? Amazing photos , nice views of the mountains really beautiful , I invite you visit the huayhuash mountain range cordillera blanca areas for trekking climbing cultural tours hiking walking holiday vacation in peru the best season is from may to september. You identify the trail as going up on the “left” of the photo. I do like my workouts. @Grace If you’re driving the hwy with Elbow Falls on your right, then I would say parking is definitely before the winter gate. Click here to purchase. In the summer there is free parking on the left side next to the Beaver Lodge sign just past the gate. There is a small footpath leading into the trees going upwards right away. Take a thermos of something hot to warm you up along with a few energy bars. You have to hike down – but you can get a coffee 12 minutes later at a locally owned cafe in Bragg Creek. If there’s a major winter storm with awful visibility, give it a pass. 99. It’s 2019 and your blog is still endearing. @Jackie It was cold and blowy on top but we were dressed for it so it was fine. I think the fastest I ever did it in was 52 minutes. My lunch spot. My backpack carried all of this. And really it was such a great day and just wonderful to be outdoors. A favourite climb with locals and keep fit enthusiasts to an open summit with panoramic views. People that park on the shoulder often start up right from the highway. It’s a quick descent in the winter as the snow makes it easy to descend but it’s rocky and more difficult the rest of the year. @Melanie We had a few years in there where we didn’t do much hiking but as adults my kids have definitely embraced it. The Prairie Mountain hike is similar to Vancouver’s Grouse Grind but offers better views. I love the view from the trees but I also like the expansiveness once you pop out of the trees. So we headed back in the direction of the car, trying to find the proper one. What was your experience like? We’re having a heat wave in SoCal this week so it’s a bit refreshing to see all that snow. Not all of these items are a necessity, considering the length of the hike. It’s the middle section through the trees that is take your breath away steep. Another great brand is Kahtoola. 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