This is a great early season long run. The lower elevation on that loop allows for quicker 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 PrairieView, then run down the switchbacks of the regular Prairie View hike. This way it is possible to run back up Jewell pass, which is a very enjoyable and gradual climb. It also allows you to spend less time going up in the sun.
- Distance: 21 km from the Quaite Valley gate, 27 km from the Heart Creek parking lot and back.
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Total Elevation Gain: 1000 meters
- Where to park: Quaite Valley Gate or Heart Creek
- Surface: Varied, double-track to technical single tracks.