October 26th 2016
Jumpingpound trailhead is on the Powderface Trail road from Hwy 68. The trailhead parking is on the side of the road not far the cattle grid coming from Hwy 68. There is a sign showing the trailhead on the left side. The trail is a well worn wide track up to Jumpingpound Mountain. Why it s called a mountain and Cox is a hill makes no sense to me. From the top of Jumpingpound the ridge unfolds all the way to Cox Hill. To shorten the hike a car shuttle could be made by leaving a car a Dawson Creek Rec Area. We did not have that luxury and made the trip in both directions. I really enjoyed this ridge walk. The views are wonderful in every direction. Moose Mountain is prominent to the south east. On a clear day Calgary is visible. The ridge undulates along before dipping down 250 m before rising again to Cox Hill as all this has to be repeated the elevation mounts up. See the distance to elevation profile at the bottom of the page. Note Jumpingpound is slightly higher than Cox and this can be bypassed. There is some good hiking in this area and so far I have covered Mt Howard, Two peaks near Mt Bryant and Belmore Brown.
Distance return 18.5 km Time return 7 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 1050 m Elevation to Summit 440m+250m+250m+940m Summit height 2252 m