This is a great early season long run. The lower elevation on that loop allows for faster snowmelt and it is one of the first dry trails in the Bow valley (especially around Prairie View). I like to run that loop from Quaite valley up to Prairie View, then down the switchbacks of the regular Prairie View hike. This way it is possible to run back up Jewell pass, which is a beautiful gradual climb. On a hot day, this direction also allows you to spend less time in the sun on Prairie View
- Distance: 21 km from the Quaite Valley gate, 27 km from the Heart Creek parking lot and back. The bonus out-and-back to Heart Creek is in blue in the GPX file.
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Total Elevation Gain: 1000 meters
- Where to park: Quaite Valley Gate or Heart Creek
- Surface: Varied, double-track to technical single tracks.