A nice view from Highway 22/66 near
A closer view of Prairie Mountain
Trailhead is just past the road
closure barrier on highway 66 but before Prairie Creek
Take the trail up the hill not the one
along Prairie Creek
H'mm there is a small cairn for the
start of the trail provided somebody doesn't stumble over it and it gets
A look at the steep trail at the start
Both forks take you to the main ridge
trail but the left fork is less steep
The left fork and a more gradual trail to
the main ridge trail
Terrain on the main ridge trail
More trail terrain
Trail as it starts to get steeper
And more steeper
Steep up to the first view point, one more
steep section after this to tree line
The knarly tree spot a few minutes after
the first viewpoint
The second even steeper section to tree
At last tree line is in sight
Finally above tree line, it's an easy
More of the ridge above tree line
Almost there see the summit pole?
A bit windy but an agreeable day
A stark juxtaposition?
Views to the South West
Views to the West
Views to the North West
Heading back down
Quirk Ridge to the South
Scramble: Class 1 – Steep Hiking
Altitude: 2,210 m (7,251 ft)
Ascent Time: 1 ˝ to 2 hours
Elevation Gain: approx. 716 m (2,350 ft) 3 km one way 6
Best Season to Scramble: Early Spring to Late Fall,
Possible Winter Ascent if snow pack low and not too windy, Road closed from
December 1 to May 14th but not a problem as the trailhead is only
100 yards down the road from closure.
This is a great early season conditioner. Trail has some
fairly steep sections but views come quick and are great. Most people
probably wouldn’t mind doing this one again for the effort and great views.
I know I will.
Head out to Bragg Creek and onto highway 66 towards Elbow
Falls. Around 19 km down highway 66 you will see the winter road closure
gate for highway 66. Many park on the side of the road just past this gate.
Just 100 yards ahead is the trailhead right beside the guardrail for the
bridge over Prairie Creek. Some park farther back with a left hand turn into
the "Elbow Falls Recreational Area" parking lot.
The trailhead is right at the start of the guardrail for
the bridge over Prairie Creek. Should be a cairned trail leading steeply up
the bank provided no one has kicked down the cairn. Don’t go down to the
creek and take the trail along Prairie Creek. Once on the correct trail it’s
steep for a while, levels off a bit, then steep again, then the last stretch
towards tree line is very steep for a few hundred feet. Once above tree line
the steepness becomes much less and you just follow the open grassy ridge to
the summit hump.