Cox Hill Ridge is a 12.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.2 km Elevation Gain: 766 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Challenging trail leading from Dawson day use area to the top of Cox Hill. Can be connected to Jumpingpound Ridge by decending the southern slopes.

hiking
2 minutes ago

Fantastic trail, still snow at the top but quite good fun trying to get through it!! Brilliant views from the look out. Highly Recommended.

hiking
snow
5 days ago

We did this hike on May 24. The first 2, 3 km was fine; but after that we got into deep snow, up to our hips most of the way. The amount of snow made it difficult. Snow show would be nice to have. I only had micro spikes and poles which helped me a lot. The view was great at the end and worth all the sufferings. This hike is ranked as moderate; but with the heavy snow still on trail it was difficult. Some other hikers mentioned that it is heavily trafficked; but we didn’t see too many people. However we did it on a Sunday.

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muddy
snow
13 days ago

Great trail, BUT, if you care about social distancing- pick something else. You will be rubbing shoulders with other hikers. With the amount of snow as of May 16,2020, it’s almost impossible to pass in some spots. Superb views once on the top, especially on the true summit, which is a little further from the cairn. If you are planning to do this hike in the next couple of days, consider bringing gaiters and ice cleats if your boots don’t have a good grip. 7 hours to complete with lots of breaks and letting others to pass. And thank you everybody who stepped aside and let us walk through.

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icy
muddy
snow
13 days ago

Icy and snow covered for most of the way. Spikes and poles are good to have. Some slippery sections.

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muddy
snow
14 days ago

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muddy
snow
16 days ago

25 days ago

Did this hike today! We got lucky with the sun. Lots of snow but most of it packed in and doable. Lots of areas where I fell through....but not horrible. Did it without crampons and hiking poles. Not too icy because the sun was pretty nice. Go left at the first fork and right at 2nd fork. My foot was pretty soaked by the end of it with my semi water proof shoes.

hiking
snow
29 days ago

May 2nd. Still a lot of snow on the top half of the hike, up to six feet deep in places. We were able to walk with out snowshoes on the trail, but occasionally did a little post hole digging, when a foot would break through the crust and sink you to the thigh. Fortunately it was not too busy. It was easy to physical distance on the lower half, a little more effort on the top half, where stepping off trail often left you waist deep in snow. This trail should be in great shape in a couple weeks.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Only did 2/3 of this Snowing but great trail, was checking on jumping pound to see ridge and snow!! Spikes and poles , gators too as there is some post holing too

hiking
snow
2 months ago

The trail was challenging to follow in places near the top of the trail due to snow, which was deep in places. High winds continued to cause some drifting. It is best to download the trail map, if you plan on doing this trail in the next few days.

hiking
3 months ago

Snow Packed. Icy in sections. Some post holing...very windy at the top.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

Good cardio for a winter hike. Micro spikes are a good idea, but not required if you are a competent walker. I went without.

hiking
5 months ago

Had to break a lot of trail and did not make it to the top. Did stop where we had a view

hiking
6 months ago

It wasn't a very interesting hike, trees the whole way, not a very challenging grade, and deep snow at the summit. Traction aides and gaiters would be highly recommended for the summit at this time of the year.

recorded Cox Hill Ridge

hiking
6 months ago

Purposeful walk in the woods number 2

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views. Ended up clocking 18 km not 12 though. Some tricky bits approaching the ridge due to the snow but doable - needed gators just for this part. Trail was well packed higher up on the actual trails and almost bare lower down.

hiking
8 months ago

Park in the Dawson campground parking lot, then walk back down the way you came along the gravel road about 50 yards or so to get to the trailhead on your right (unmarked). Not much to see on this hike until you get to the top; views aren't too bad at the top, but still a nice place to stop for a bite to eat before heading back down. Took us four hours in total, with a few rest stops along the way. Couldn't find the visitor book that some people had mentioned ☹️. A few steeper sections, I would rate this as one of the more difficult "moderate" hikes I've been on.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great hike , with awesome views at the top. Some muddy spots but easily avoided. Make sure you wear good hiking boots . Only saw 2 Mountain bikers on the way down.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Bagged the summit just before sunset......So good! Alpine is still looking so great with flowers everywhere!!!! Cox Hill rules!

hiking
8 months ago

I did this trail today with some friends. it started to rain as we reached the summit; hence, we didn't get to enjoy the view as much as we wanted to. Coming down was slippery and muddy. Make sure to carry some warm clothes , mitts and toque if you are planning to do it in near future as it gets very windy and cold up the ridge. I would rate it more on the Hard side than moderate.

hiking
9 months ago

Neither muddy or dusty for the most part. One short 20’ deep mud section required a detour and one fallen tree near the start.

hiking
9 months ago

Just went on the trail on August 4, 2019. Trail was clear and dry (very very minor spots of mud). The flowers were blooming. The trail was a good mix of flat and steepness. The trail was empty on that day. Definitely bring poles for the steep sections as nearer you get to the top. Saw a marmot chilling out at the top and wasn’t scared of us. The view was worth the effort. Definitely not a easy hike and not a super hard hike. Short drive to the area as well.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

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