Jumping Pound Ridge - TRAIL

Jumping Pound Ridge - Trail, Calgary, Alberta

INCREDIBLE - You start with a Steep, Technical 6 Km climb and gain 1800 ft elevation. At the top you ride the Ridge for about 3km on tight singletrack with quite possibly the best view of the Canadian Rockies. The way down alternates between Steep and Technical and Fast and Furious. Then you ride the dirt road back to the trailhead. Budget 3-4 Hours Alernately, instead of coming down Jumpingpound, continue to Cox Hill for an Extreme downhill (Add 1.5 hours)

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rob   [Mar 13, 1999]

Fun on the switchbacks

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Like its posted

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mental   [Mar 14, 1999]

This is the best trail in Kananaskis country. The climb is painful, but the downhill more than makes up for it. It can also be ridden without jumpingpound ridge for a more technical climb. Definately worth the drive

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Full loop with Cox Hill

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John   [Mar 20, 1999]

Great ride!!
The climb is painful and the ridge can be interesting if it's windy. The downhill is totally worth it. If anyone finds some teeth on this ride, let me know I knocked mine out on the downhill.

Similar Products Used: Kanasksis is full of great trails, just start riding.
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Chris   [May 05, 1999]

If ridden in a clockwise direction, the beginning is a 3-4 kilometre switchback climb with good technical climbing in the last 500 meters before you get to the ridge. Once you start the descent after the ridge you will encounter a rock strewn descent that gets your money's worth out of your suspension. The Powderface Trail section back to the parking lot is predominantly downhill for the last 4 kilometers.

Customer Service

Do this route in a clockwise direction and at night with lights. It is a wicked nightride especially when you get to the switchbacks. Ride it as fast as far as your lights can illuminate. We paused at the top last year during the meteor shower. It was incredible! Temperature drops on Powderface Trail at night so bring a light shell to retain heat.

Similar Products Used: Powderface Ridge is an excellent challenge for those with a penchant for steep downhills. I dare you to try and touch your rims after the descent of the last 2 kilometers. Ride this one in a clockwise direction also.
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Sean   [May 08, 1999]

Cox Hill descent is scary fast!!! Look out for hikers!

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Johnny   [Jun 24, 1999]

I was with Chris on the Meteor Shower ride last year and it was killer, we did it again this year and got pics of one of our buddies at the top of the ridge with nothing but his shoes, helmet and camelbak on. Like Chris said, the descent at night is awesome and totally enhances the rush.

Customer Service

Note Chris' from below.

Similar Products Used: Cox Hill
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Dean   [Aug 05, 1999]

My friend and I left the Dawson Equestrian staging area and started following red and blue arrows... we made a wrong turn and after about 30 minutes crossed a stream and returned to the staging area via the gravel road - saw a couple of deer, but not the trail we wanted.

We tried again, this time we made our first right turn (shortly after crossing the bridge) and CLIMBED / PUSHED our bikes and sorry @sses for over an hour! Beautiful views, but the never-ending uphill and swarms of mosquitoes put a damper on things. Note to self: "SELF, do not try this ADVANCED route in this direction ever again. And remember to bring plenty of muskoil and off (we ran out)!!"

After much cussing, hard work and some deliberation, we decided to turn around because it was getting late (8:20 PM). It sucked to have come that far and not crest the top (hmmmmmm... that is if it HAD a top...?)

About a minute later, some guy on a Stumpy FSR Comp overtakes us from 'the heavens' - he said we were only about half the way up. He parked in the same staging area but started riding on the ROAD (turned left out of the parking lot) for about 7 kms (West) then he said there exists a small singletrack trail on the left side of the road. He turned in there and actually said the climb to 'THE TOP' (still unsure there is one) was manageable, unlike OUR assault on EVEREST. According to this nice gentleman, it takes him a little over two hours to do this loop.

Anyways, it was ear-to-ear grins for the next 10 minutes on the way down! Excellent technical practice on descending with rocks and roots challenging ones abilities. I got a pinch flat just before the bridge - thank God I was within sight of the staging area.

I would try this trip again following the sage advice of the Stumpy rider - ride counterclockwise! I have to give the uphill climb a 1 star (painful exercise) and the downhill trip a 5 star (unfortunately this part was over too soon) so overall a 3 star rating. Once I do it in the proper direction, I will give it another rating.

Customer Service

Just a note... the turnoff to Powederface Road is actually about 25km's in, rather than 15...

Similar Products Used: None yet - today was our virgin experience in that neck of the woods. I'm sure we amply fed the billions of mosquitoes!
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RINO   [Aug 30, 1999]

Uphill, start by warming up a little or you will blow out your legs in no time. Very steep switchbacking eroded (when wet very muddy) single trail uphill. Goes over into steep rocky eroded trail. On the ridge view is awesome (I road it last week August 26 1999 on a dry sunny day) Very technical riding (the Rey feeling)
Downhill is sweet and fast with some technical stages (very steep) and a nice switchbacking graveltrail upon to the jumping pound trail. Nice trail not suitable for weenies.

Customer Service

As described in Back country biking

Similar Products Used: Little Elbow-Big elbow rolls fast and feels a bit like a rollercoaster when driven in fast crouscountry style. 41 km, Have fun
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Chris   [Sep 27, 1999]

I got to try this trail near the end of September. I thought the snow added a bit of excitment to the downhill. Fortunatly I have disk brakes on my bike, but my riding partner still has V-brakes on his bike and his downhill was one of uncontrollable crazyness. If I wasn't on my bike I was on the ground laughin my ass off at his antics.
Unfortunatly by the time we arrived at the top of the ridge the snow was over eight inches deep and we lost sight of the trail. I'll have to try again in the spring.
I give it 3 stars for now based on potential and the amount of fun I still had even though I couldn't finish.
P.S. The hunters in the area only added to the thrill! Make sure if your there in the fall, wear some elk antlers to add to the experience.

Customer Service

Same route but in the snow!

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Dylan Snowdon   [Oct 06, 1999]

Having done extensive riding on two continents over four countries I am confident in saying that this is one of the best rides in the world.
Technical climbing and descending, high fitness requirements fast rolling terrain at the top, views of prairie to the east and 1000 peaks to the west.
You'll want a jacket or some arm warmers if it's cold at the bottom 'cause there is a wee bit of elevation gain.

Customer Service

Park at the Dawson Creek parking lot on powderface trail off highway 68.
Ride out on the gravel road, past the Cox Hill trailhead to the Jumpingpound trailhead (there is a map posted there).
Climb the singletrack, there are cairns to follow and maps at the intersections.
The best route is a combo of Jumpingpound/Cox Hill, finishing back at Dawson.
See the book (Back country cyling in the Canadian Rockies) for more details

Similar Products Used: There are lots of great trails in the area but none with the length or time commitment of this ride.
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