July 18th Wednesday
This Cox Hill hike starts from Dawson Trailhead which is just 3 km up the Powderface trail road from the Sibbald Creek hwy 68. Both roads are gravel. Be aware that the trailhead has two routes from the parking lot one for horse use the other for foot passengers. We missed this and crossed on a log instead of over a very nice bridge. The trail is well worn and the only choice to make is not to go down the Tom Snow trail. The trail rises rapidly through the trees on a rocky surface. Thinning trees give some relief and occasional views. Eventually out of the trees there are a couple of switch backs before the false summit then a pleasant stroll to the flat end. Watch out for the large Marmot guarding the trail. The alternative to getting to Cox Hill is to come along the ridge from Jumping pound. This way has better views but is much longer. See http://willski.ca/jumping-pound-mt-to-cox-hill/ Given the choice between the two go to Jumping Pound.
Distance return 13 km Time return 6 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 767 m Elevation to Summit m Summit height 2200 m