Distance: 9.4 km (one-way)
Time: 2 – 4 hrs
Elevation Gain: 857 m
Elevation Loss: 284 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Extreme
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No

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Cox Hill is a classic big alpine ride located in the Sibbald area. It is best combined with Jumpingpound Ridge for a very rewarding big mountain ride. However, it may also be ridden on its own as an out-and-back. The trail starts from the Dawson Recreation Area. The trailhead is located on the east side of the parking lot and is well marked. Follow it out, across the beautifully constructed pedestrian bridge, up the short hill to the T-intersection. At the intersection take a right (south), and begin your ride up the steady and very long climb. The trail continues to climb for about six kilometres until it reaches a grassy hilltop with incredibly stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From here turn around if you’re tired and looking to shorten your ride. Otherwise, continue on down a two kilometre descent to the final one kilometre climb up to the Jumpingpound Ridge intersection. At the intersection head left and out onto Jumpingpound Ridge to have a look around. You may also choose to take Jumpingpound Ridge west (right) down to the Powderface Trail and ride back along the dirt road to Dawson Recreation Area. My suggestion would be to head back the way you came, ending your ride down the fast and exciting six kilometre singletrack descent. This is a great reward for the slug up.

For more information on how to best combine Cox Hill for one incredible ride, visit Jumpingpound Ridge to Cox Hill trail page; one of my favourite cross country rides in Kananaskis Country.

TRAILHEAD | N51 01.387 W114 52.916

Take Hwy 68 to Powderface Trail. Turn south on Powderface Trail and drive to the Dawson Recreational Area, located about 3 km south of Hwy 68.

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