The water looks even more brilliant in person. Adventure is calling, so it is time to spend some quality time in nature. If you are looking for some seriously gorgeous views, we've got you covered. There's a lake trail one hour from Calgary that takes you by a sparkling waterfall and leads you to views of the most turquoise water.

Only a short drive from Calgary, you can explore the Jewell Pass Trail. It is a fun half-day hike, where you can escape the crowds with your BFFs.

To reach the Jewel Pass, you'll need to hike from Barrier Lake. This section of the trek is 3.9 kilometres.

You'll slowly begin to climb higher to better views, following a series of switchbacks.

Finally, you'll reach the Jewell Pass Trail, which is another 2.9 km. Considering that parts of the hike are steep and there's a good deal of overall distance, this route isn't a beginner hike.

But if you have a few hikes under your belt, then you'll have an amazing time. Just make sure you prepare correctly, such as bringing a water bottle and wearing running shoes.

The path is well maintained and easy to follow. In the warmer months, you'll also get to spot enchanting colourful wildflowers blooming.

It is worth every step to enjoy the cliffside vistas.

Further along, you'll get to stand at McConnell Ridge and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains and Barrier Lake.

Looking down, you'll see the spectacular bright turquoise water of the lake and a stretch of green trees. But make sure to be careful when enjoying the view, as it is a long way down.

After wildflowers and mountain lookouts, you might be ready to head back to the car. But there is one more surprise that awaits.

Near the end, you'll pass right next to a cascading waterfall. If you happen to visit after it is has rained in the last few days, Jewel Falls will be extra dazzling.

Are you up to the challenge? Then it is time to map out the route on Google Maps, so you are ready to go.

Jewell Pass

Address: Jewell Pass, Alberta

Why You Need To Go: You can hike to a breathtaking lookout and see a waterfall all in one afternoon.


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