Distance: 13 km (one-way)
Time: 2 – 4 hrs
Elevation Gain: 622 m
Elevation Loss: 615 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
Jumpingpound Ridge is one of the very few classic alpine ridge rides located in Kananaskis Country. This fantastical trail may be ridden on its own, as an out-and-back, either direction, one-way or may be combined with several options to add to this already incredible ride. There are two main trailheads for Jumpingpound Ridge; north and south. The north trailhead is 7.5 kilometres south of Dawson Recreational Area and the south trailhead is 17 kilometres from Dawson and 15 kilometres north of Highway 66 and the Elbow Falls Trail.
Jumpingpound Ridge south trailhead begins from the large and obvious Powderface Trail pull-off and heads east, crossing a short pedestrian bridge before beginning to climb. The climb up begins to head north and is a long switchbacking ascent with several steep sections making this a tough slug to the top of the ridge. Near the top of the climb you will come across a junction for Jumpingpound Summit, heading west (left). Keep right and continue to climb up to the ridge. One more junction for Jumpingpound Mountain will greet you, only a few hundred metres before you reach the ridge. Stop to take in the views here, hike up the short section to Jumpingpound Mountain to check out the views, or continue on left to begin your ride along the ridge. Once you cross the ridge, you’ll come to a junction for Cox Hill. Keep west (left) to head down to Powderface Trail; unless you’re partaking in the Jumpingpound Ridge to Cox Hill ride. The last part of Jumpingpound Ridge trail is a fast switchbacking descent, with lots of roots and loose rock to keep things exciting. Once you finish the descent you’ll cross the creek and spit out on Powderface Trail. From there return to your vehicle taking Powderface Trail, or hop in a retrieval vehicle set-up by you before you began this ride.
TRAILHEAD | N50 59.196 W114 57.338 (NORTH)
North TH: The north trailhead is located 7.5 km south of Dawson Recreational Area, on the east side of Powderface Trail.
South TH: The south trailhead is located on the east side of Powderface Trail, 100 m north of Canyon Creek, 17 km south of Dawson Recreation Area. Or 15 km north of Hwy 66 from the Elbow Falls Trail.
N50 59.196 W114 57.338 (North TH)
N50 54.917 W114 55.078 (South TH)
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