Jumpingpound Mountain
Kananaskis
June 12, 2010

Of the three approaches to Jumpingpound Mountain, the north ridge must be both the longest and the most scenic. The long north ridge is mostly free of trees and provides good views in all directions.

From the trailhead, we took a broad trail that switchbacks up through the trees before reaching the open ridge at the junction of the Cox Hill Trail. We followed the ridge-top trail easily until it entered the trees. Here a section of deep snow hindered our progress before we emerged onto open dry slopes and continued to the summit.

We weren't surprised to find several people on the summit. They had ascended the shorter Jumpingpound Summit Trail.

We considered using that trail on our return and then following the road, but in the end we decided to retrace our steps. The short, delightful ridgewalk was worth doing in reverse on such a beautiful day.


We come to a trail junction after emerging from the trees.


The ridge ahead


Pasque flowers


View northwest


Snow-covered slopes ahead


Snow


And more snow


Summit is far left.


I investigate a rock outcropping.


The summit


On the way back we followed a rock crest to avoid postholing along the trail.


360° view from the top. Moose Mountain on the right.


82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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