Jumpingpound Ridge

- 22 km Loop
- Intermediate to Difficult
- Approx 3.5 hrs


Jumpingpound Ridge

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Access: End of Hwy 66 - take Powderface Trail (gravel road) for 15 km's to Canyon Creek.
Parking: Canyon Creek
NOTE: Hwy 66 west of Elbow Falls is closed Dec 1 to May 15.

Trail: 22 km Loop, approx 3.5 hrs, Intermediate to Difficult

* Powderface Road is closed to vehicle traffic in 2015. The anticipated opening is May 2016.

trail img 2 You can scale to great heights on this trail, spiritually and physically. This is a premier ride providing a phenomenal panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, as well as a heart stopping ridge run that becomes some of the best downhill single track to be found anywhere. The best direction to take here is south to north if you want to capitalize on the downhill (of course you do), starting at the Canyon Creek parking area and finishing with 9 km's of gravel road as you come back on Powderface Trail.

trail image 1 From the trailhead follow the creek briefly until you see the marked beginning of the ridge trail to the left, where soon you'll be pushing and grunting your way up switchbacks rising approximately 1800 feet in elevation. The trail evens out into smooth spruce forest leading you on a fine traverse of the ridge with a commanding view of Fisher Range to the west and Moose Mountain to the east. Ride the spine of this marvelous mountain past the summit to the northern half as it plunges through cairn lined meadows in quick descent for 3 km's. The junction with Cox Hill appears as you sink back into the trees(another great ride) but staying left you continue down a series of switchbacks for 3 more km's to the road. At this point, there's enough adrenaline still pumping to make the final 9 km's of gravel road to the car seem almost effortless.