When heading east from Canmore, pass the Lac Des Arcs overpass and start your trip odometer. In 2.9 km you'll often see cars parked on the grass to the side of the road and a gravel/fire road leading into the woods; this is the Quaite Valley trailhead. Park and ride up this trail.
It's pretty straightforward; the first major landmark will be the walk-in campground. Pass the open field and stay on the main right-trending trail.
Continue up for a total of 300 vertical metres and 5 kms from the parking area to a signed 3-way trail junction. This is the Quaite Valley / Jewell Pass
/ Prairie View Trail
junction. You've arrived at the end of the Quaite Valley Trail.
Several options exist at this point:
1) Turn left and follow the Prairie View Trail
up challenging rooty terrain for approximately 460 metres, watching for another left hand turn onto Razor's Edge
for a very hairy descent with lots of injury potential. Elbow
and knee guards are a great idea if you're planning on ripping down this run. (Five Stars!)
2) For a fun out-and-back and lesser difficulty level, go straight down a fun intermediate/difficult fast descent of Jewell Pass
to Barrier Lake, then turn around and climb back up to the 3-way junction.
3) For a much longer outing, go straight down the Jewell Pass
route to Barrier Lake and watch for the Stoney Trail
junction as described in the Prairie View - Jewell Pass Loop
description. Follow the rest of the Prairie View - Jewell Pass Loop
description; this will take you on a long ride back up and around the mountain to get back to the 3-way junction.