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Jumpingpound Mountain
Jumpingpound Ridge Trail
Kananaskis, Alberta
June 12, 2010

Of the three approaches to Jumpingpound Mountain, the north ridge must be both the longest and the most scenic. The extended ridge is mostly free of trees and provides good views in all directions. (The shortest hike is Jumpingpound Summit trail.)

From Dawson Trailhead, Dinah and I 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 crest 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 retraced our steps. The short, delightful ridgewalk was worth doing in reverse on such a beautiful day.

KML and GPX Tracks

We came to a trail junction after emerging from the trees

The ridge ahead

Fisher Range lies west

Pasque flowers

View northwest

Snow-covered slopes ahead


And more snow

Summit is far left

I investigated an outcrop

Coming to the summit

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

82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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