Jumpingpound Ridge & Cox Hill
The ultimate Kananaskis adventure trail with non-stop rugged mountain views, enjoyed from a never ending ridge top in a remote setting.
To Get Here: From HWY 1, take HWY 68 south west for 23km to the Powderface Trail turnoff. Take Powderface Trail south for 2.7km to Dawson Equestrian Campground located just prior to the winter gates.
Jumpingpound Ridge & Cox Hill:
From Dawson Equestrian campground hike or shuttle south on Powderface Trail for 17.1km to a parking area located across from the War Memorial just North of Canyon Creek. Hike alongside Canyon Creek for 1.4km to the Jumpingpound Ridge trail turnoff. Turn left and begin a steep technical climb up the shoulder for 2km before the angle eases and continues to climb to the summit of Jumpingpound Mountain. Making the short detour to the summit is well worth the energy and provides a great break spot before beginning your first descent. From the summit, the trail descends for 4km through alpine meadows and trees. Keep right at the Cox Hill junction and enjoy the descent before a 2km grind back up to the summit of Cox Hill. From Cox Hill, the trail drops steeply from the ridge through the trees for 6km until hitting the valley bottom. Keep left at the Tom Snow juction and cross the creek to Dawson Equestrian parking.
Park at the north JP Ridge trailhead, across from Lusk Pass, 7.7km south of Dawson Equestrian. Shuttle or hike for another 9.3km to the south Jumpingpound Ridge trailhead across from the War Memorial. Hike JP Ridge for the full length keeping left at the Cox Hill junction to return to JP north parking.
Jumpingpound Mountain (summit):
Park at the JP Summit trailhead, 13.8km south of Dawson Equestrian. km south to the JP Summit trailhead. Take the JP Summit trail on a steady climb for 2.4km to the Jumpingpound Ridge Trail. Turn left and hike north for .4kms. Turn right and continue the hike to the summit.
Cox Hill (summit):
From Dawson Equestrian, cross the creek and hike for .4km past Tom Snow Junction and continue for another 5.8km to the summit.