Distance: 16 km (loop)
Time: 1.5 – 3 hrs
Elevation Gain: 609 m
Elevation Loss: 611 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
A shorter version of the classic Jumpingpound Ridge to Cox Hill Loop, the Jumpingpound Summit to Jumpingpound Ridge Loop is a slight moderation which leaves out the Cox Hill segment. It’s possible to ride this loop after work during the summer months when daylight extends well into the evening. The shorter version of the original classic still offers some incredible riding, breath taking scenery and spectacular singletrack climbs and descents. And don’t forget about the sweet ridge ride along Jumpingpound Ridge. The whole loop shouldn’t take more than 1.5 – 3 hours to complete. Less if you set-up a shuttle to avoid riding Powderface Trail.
There are several options to ride this loop; clockwise or counterclockwise. You may also choose to set-up a shuttle between the trailheads for Jumpingpound Ridge and Jumpingpound Summit if you would like to avoid riding the 6.2 km Powderface Trail connecting the two. My preference is to ride this fun loop counterclockwise. Drop your car at the Jumpingpound Ridge pull off, located on Powderface Trail, about 7.5 km south from the Dawson Recreational area. From there ride Powderface Trail for 6.2 km to the trailhead for Jumpingpound Summit. Sometimes hard to spot, the trail is located on the east side (left) of the road heading into the woods. It is marked with a map at the trailhead to help get the rider oriented. Pedal up the twisting, winding and switchbacking singletrack trail to where it meets with Jumpingpound Ridge. From there, take a left, heading north along Jumpingpound Ridge for the last bit of climbing before popping out of the woods. Continue left at the juncture for Jumpingpound Mountain. The trail will pop out on Jumpingpound Ridge and continue along until the Cox Hill junction, at which point you will turn left (west) to descend the final leg of your ride; ending up at the Jumpingpound Ridge trailhead.
TRAILHEAD | N50 56.335 W114 56.035
From the Dawson Recreation Area, located in Sibbald area about 45 minutes west of Calgary, drive 7.5 km south on Powderface Trail (dirt road) to reach the northern trailhead for Jumpingpound Ridge. Park or drop a retrieval vehicle here and continue another 6.2 km south to the Jumpingpound Summit trailhead where you will begin your ride. The trailhead is located on the east (left) side of the road; well-marked, but hard to spot.
N50 56.335 W114 56.035 (JP Summit)
N50 59.196 W114 57.338 (JP Ridge)
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