Mar 052020
 
Picture of Stephen Wagner and Charlene Shang hiking on Prairie Mountain

Last month (February 16th 2020) we were lucky enough to hike Prairie Mountain in winter. As an avid summer hiker, winter hiking is new to me, and this trail was perfect to get accustomed to winter trails. It’s a safe trail and I’d highly recommend it.

The trail was moderately busy and we started it a touch later in the morning. To do this hike in winter, you’ll need ice grippers, yaktrax, or ice spikes. The beginning of the trail is extremely icy, but this is only at the beginning for a brief amount of time.

The hike is located in Elbow falls and Kananaskis Country in Alberta. The trail head is semi-hard to find after your cross the road gates.

Picture of the beautiful and breathtaking Summit at Prairie Mountain. Including a Canadian Flag.
Prairie Mountain Summit

As you can see, the views and scenery are absolutely beautiful. The mountains all have white caps as it’s the middle of winter.

Our hike:

  • Elevation: 700m
  • Distance: 7.87KM (4.89mi)
  • Moving Time: 2 Hours 51 Minutes
  • Total Time: 4 Hours 51 Minutes

Hiking Trail Video

This first video is the full hike, shortened.

Prairie Mountain Hiking Highlights Video

The video below is us sliding down a portion of the mountain. It was tons of fun!

Sliding down Prairie Mountain

Hike Highlight Pictures

Even as you start early on in the hike, you are greeted with magnificent views, like below.

A beautiful view consisting of a valley between mountains.
Beginning of Prairie Mountain Hike

And of course, a picture of us is needed. We found a friendly fellow hiker to snap a picture of us.

A picture of Stephen Wagner and Charlene Shang hiking with beautiful scenery behind.
Stephen Wagner and Charlene Shang Hiking Prairie Mountain
View from the Summit of Prairie Mountain in Winter
Prairie Mountain View

And here’s two exhausted faces after the completion of the hike…

Exhausted after the Hike

Hike Photo Gallery

See below for the photo gallery from the hike!

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