Jewell Pass Trail to Barrier Lake Lookout
Directions to trail head
From the parking lot, walk across the dam and follow the road. The trail leaves the road and turns up to the right. After 1.2 kilometers is waypoint #002 and the intersection of the Stony and Prairie View Trails. At this point by turning left towards the lake you will be on Stoney Trail which follows the lake shore for 2.5 kilometers. At waypoint #003 is the intersection with the Jewell Pass Trail. At this point you will begin to climb and cross the creek several times. After 1.2 kilometers, on the left side of the trail is the waterfall. The waterfall is in a nice sheltered spot. Below is a photo taken in the fall. The creek in the area has several bridges over it but in the fall it is almost dry. The creek and the waterfall are much more impressive in the spring.
After the waterfall you continue to hike up through the forest to waypoint #004 and then turn right on the Prairie View Trail. At waypoint #005 turn to the left to hike to the Barrier Lake Lookout.
If you would prefer to return to the parking lot via the Prairie View trail you can complete a loop and save a couple of kilometers. The hike would be 9.7 kilometers from the parking lot to the Barrier Lake lookout and then 5.9 from the Lookout back to the parking lot along the Prairie View Trail. Along this trail, is a second lookout over Barrier Lake.
The elevation profile below is for both the Jewell Pass Trail and the Prairie View Trail. The left side represents the profile for the Prairie View Trail, the left for the Jewell Pass Trail to the lookout. If you plan to do the circuit, head up Jewell Pass and down the Prairie View trail to spread the climb over a longer distance.
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