Cox Hill is one of the few peaks close to Calgary that allows an easy winter ascent, and given the well-trampled snow on the trail, it's also a popular one.
From Dawson Trailhead, we set off up a broad trail. After a long hike with few views, we suddenly came to a grassy slope on our left. Here most of the trail was hidden under snow drifts, but we could gain the ridge pretty well anywhere.
The views were better than I had expected. The impressive massif of Moose Mountain appeared first, but after a short hike east to the summit of Cox Hill, a whole whack of peaks appeared. Jumpingpound Ridge stretched invitingly below us, but we'll leave that for another day.
Just past the trailhead, we cross a bridge spanning Jumpingpound Creek.
Our first look at Cox Hill, far in the distance on our right (mouse over to look back)
The snow becomes deeper as we ascend.
A snowshoe track eases our passage up the trail.
Starting up the grassy slope to the ridge
Behind us, mist rises from sunlit slopes.
Back on the trail
A snow squall passes nearby.
After reaching the east end of the ridge, we head for the summit.
Superb view of the mountains
Looking back along the ridge
Moose Mountain and the lookout (mouse over)
Enjoying the mountain scenery
Heading back, we found fresh snow pellets on the lower slopes. A localized snow squall
must have dropped these while we were on the summit.
360° view from near the top. Nearby Jumpingpound Ridge appears on the left.
82 O/2 Jumpingpound Creek, 82 J/15 Bragg Creek
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