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Jumpingpound Ridge Trail is a 8 mile point-to-point trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 2,473 ft Route type Point to Point

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Mariel V.
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HikingBugsGreat!
Nicky Ziemann
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Hiking

Always love this hike. Especially at this time of year when the wildflowers are in full bloom. We started on the north side, hiked to the summit, then down to the highway, walked back north along the highway for a full loop. Beautiful!

Azer Mustaqeem
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Hiking

It is a wonderful trail, one of my favourites. Suitable for kids of any age, pets, biking, beginners, solo.Just walking all the way up and enjoying view on the way. The summit is quite windy the jacket is recommended. Enjoy!

Michael Fagan
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Hiking

Fun route. Well defined. Majority of the ascent is in the first 2km, switchback style. Nice and quiet until you reach the jumpingpound summit where there is an explosion of people. There's a shorter summit trail you can take from the road that everyone clearly takes. Once you're back on the ridge trail, you're on your own again. You run into the odd group of mountain bikers, nothing crazy. Views are amazing. At the summit, with binoculars, you can see the flag on prairie mountain. If you live in South Calgary, close to hwy 22, take the 66 route. Hwy 68 sucks.

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Amy Xia
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Hiking

Couldn’t find the shorter Jumpingpound summit trail starting point — so did the ridge trail instead which eventually led to the summit as well. Nice steady incline and not a soul on the trail all Saturday! A few muddy spots but nothing bad. Finished the round trip in about 5.5 hours.

Madisen Hvidberg
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Hiking

Super nice hike. Did it on a cloudy day which was nice because a lot of it is exposed but super windy and cold up top. Steep incline up, but beautiful views along the ridge. Did with two of us and two dogs with a short stop for lunch in ~4.5 hours (forgot to turn off tracker when driving to pick up second car). Been raining heavily this week and some muddy sections but nothing too bad at all.

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Lonya D'Orsay
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Bugs

Hiked in a group of 5 June 27. Trailhead is across the street from the parking area. Climb upward starts right away with several switch backs after you cross the bridge. The climb is steady and doable. After about 5K you break out of the trees onto the ridge....beautiful! Well worth the effort. It took us about 4.5 hours with several stops for pictures and a longer break on the ridge for lunch. No snow on the trail until about 1K onto the ridge heading south. Gorgeous views and highly recommended. We only saw 4 mountain bikers coming down from the ridge and one couple who were going up as we were almost back to the trailhead.

Peter Shaw
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Hiking

Very pleasant in and out trail. Moderate effort. Magnificent 360 degree views from Alpine meadows only 1 1/4 hrs into the hike. Lovely flat ridge trail, some nice viewing hilltops. Highly recommended

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Andy Crocq
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HikingSnow

Great trail! Hiked from the jumpingpound trail head to the summit, then all along the ridge and over to coxhill summit and then down to dawson trailhead. Gorgeous views! Only a little bit of snow, nothing that was unmanageable.

Ariana McKnire
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Hiking

Hiked from the south trailhead to the north end today. The trail was mostly dry. There was only one section just a little on the north side of the summit covered in snow which we had to go around. The views were excellent when we were out of the trees, though I wonder if the views would be better hiking from north to south (??).

Lara B
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Hiking

Started this trail at 5pm June 10th, only 2 other people on the trail. Almost no snow until you get close to the top but it’s easily avoidable. I did the whole hike in converse shoes with my dog and it wasn’t challenging. No special gear needed. It was a beautiful day but quite windy at the top so glad I brought a windbreaker.

Vik @viktorianorth
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Hiking

Great day! Snow is almost all gone from up top!

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Avery Klein
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HikingSnow

Did this hike May 27, 2020. Not another person on the trail the entire day. Parked at the south trail head and made our way up. About 2.5 km into the hike and for the next 2 km up, there was waist deep snow in most parts of the trail. We were 1 km from the summit and decided to eat lunch at a beautiful rocky section with a lovely view then turn around as it is exhausting hiking through waist deep snow for hours. The trip down was much more enjoyable as we had already packed down parts of the snowy trail. About 500 m from where we parked we saw a black bear eating in a meadow. Lovely day and would have given this hike 5 stars if it were not for the snow.

David Mercer
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Snow

Great trail but still lots of snow today! Was with my kids and we turned back before the summit as the snow was well above my daughter's waist.

Mitch Ahn
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This could had been a beautiful hike, but it isn’t ready yet. We tried during the May long weekend but had to turn back after about a 45 mins hike due to snow coming up to our waist. It would be good for July !

Brad Benedict
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Hiking

Completed this one way using a car dropped at the north end marked on this trail, then proceeded to the south and ascending up the summit trail (not as far south as shown here). Both the summit trail and the ridge trail down are in excellent packed down shape. Ice Cleats on the way up are useful as the trail is icy with traffic. Route across the ridge was doable, with a mix of packed trail and deep snow, but easy to follow, with no exposure. Now that our group of 6 broke thru the places that had deeper snow it should be in great shape till the Powderface road closes end of the month. Awesome views!!!

Silver Smith
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HikingSnow

Absolutely gorgeous view from the ridge. The five star rating is assuming the trail is broken or you have snowshoes… I had neither of those and spent 2.5 hours post holing through snow for 2.5 km. It was brutal. Snow drifts on the top of ridge are above knee height today.

Hikes with a small dog
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Hiking

We did this as an out and back from the south trailhead but unfortunately the first summit at 3.5km was covered in cloud and fog with little too see so we turned back and made it a 7km day. The trailhead is 15km from the end of highway 66 on the right. After 500m you'll come to a bridge with a sign and then turn left onto the Jumpingpound ridge trail. The next 2.5 km will test you as it climbs steadily through several switchbacks. After that it starts to level out then you'll come to clearing at the first viewpoint. On a clear day this is one of the best summits there is around here. On a foggy day, not so much...

Keesha Fairbrother
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Hiking

Took 5 hours to complete the hike with plenty of stops and photo opportunities. Was not too busy and no bears spotted. The only downside was the road to the trail was absolutely brutal, I believe it was powderface road. There was no signs saying where the trail starts and there is no service for gps to get out there either. The hike itself was amazing. I would recommend this hike, I would not recommend taking a small car on the drive to the hike!!!

Wonmi Park
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Hiking

it took 5hrs to finish because there are a lot of places covered with wildlife flowers. yellow blue white pink ..... .perfect trail to take a picture

Brad Colford
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Saw some old bear tracks in the mud. Rainy, snowy but enjoyable. Only went til there was more snow than I wanted to deal with today

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Alexandria Lysholm
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Hiking

The incline on this hike was enough that I'm still feeling it a little a couple days later but I think the most challenging part was the snow. The trails up and down were fairly packed down but the ridge itself was untouched, which meant snow an average of halfway up to our knees making it more tiring. We originally planned on doing the 17km of ridge, but having forgotten my gaiters resulting in wet feet I'm glad we had parked at the shorter trailhead. Also keep in mind that the 14km ridge is more like 17km anyway because of the ascent and descent. Beautiful view of Moose mountain as well as Yamnuska and the frontcountry! I would definitely bring friends who are newer to hiking on this hike!

Mel Jacques
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Hiking

Great hike! Pretty easy through the trees, gradual incline to a beautiful view at the top. Awesome spot to have some lunch and lay in the sunshine for a bit, or continue wandering along the other trails from the summit.

P M
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A hidden gem with stunning views!!! Definitely on my top 5 even though it’s a super laid back trail. If you’re looking for more of a challenge hike the ridge over to Moose Mountain. This trail will not disappoint!!! I’d also consider this trail family friendly.

Jeanine P
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Hiking

The view at the top is unreal. Loved the fields and valleys of wildflowers along the way to the top. Steady incline and switchbacks throughout! Easy rooted trail that only gets a tad rocky before the peak. Bugspray is a must, and quite shaded for the majority of your journey... I felt particularly stoked to have am extra layer at 8:30am when we started on the trailhead. It was nippley.

Lisa Montgomery
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An awesome trail with little traffic.

Malen W Vidler
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Hiking

Great trail, well marked,

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