Hiking to the summit of Jumpingpound Mountain is a great trip for early or late season. At those times of the year you get to see the mountains to the immediate west covered in snow while the east lays bare. Being blasted by the chinooks and its lower overall elevation means it can normally be done snow free while the trails further into the mountains are still knee deep in snow. The trailhead is about 10km south of Sibbald Creek Trail along the Powderface Trail. Powderface is typically closed from December to May. Be aware that the access is all gravel roads.
Jumpingpound Mountain Trip Log
The trailhead is marked by a 4x4 post stuck in the ground with a small green sign. The sign has an overview map of the Jumpingpound Mountain trails. A small foot bridge takes you over the little creek as you head east.
The first two kilometers of the trail is where you gain the most amount of elevation. Is it fairly steep and numerous switchbacks help to keep the incline at a manageable angle.
The last 300 meters or so before the junction the trail momentarily levels off before starting to climb gradually. The undergrowth from the trees is all gone which leaves a forested, but surprisingly clear view in all directions.
When you get to the junction you are greeted with a nice view towards Moose Mountain. Hang a right and continue on towards the summit, approximately 2.5kms away. The left trail would take you to Coxhill which if energy is ample, could be joined up to do a loop, although you would be better off starting further up Powderface Trail in that case.
The first small summit you see as you start walking down the trail is actually one of the false summits. You will need to trek on a bit further before the true summit is visible.
The last couple kilometers of the trail are nice and open. You walk through meadows and besides ponds that make their home up top in the mountains. This section is actually a very pleasant walk. You do gain and loose elevation here as you make your way past the hills but overall you are still gaining elevation.
The summit block is of reasonable size. It somewhat resembles a rocky outcropping as it juts up out of the grassy terrain around it. There is also a trail at the base of the summit which brings you back down to the Powderface Trail road. It is only 1.5km long so it is fairly steep, but a great escape route if the weather turns or for simply a quick day. If your vehicle is parked where you started off then you are going back the way you came though.
GPS Plotted Route
The trail basically takes you up the northwest portion where the ridge connects to the road. The trail then follows the very wide ridge as it takes you to the top of Jumpingpound Mountain.
Most the elevation is gained right in the first two kilometers. This is due to gaining the ridge. Once you are on top the elevation is essentially the various humps you hike over before reaching the highest point.
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