Jumpingpound Mountain and Ridge Short Loop

Jumpingpound Mountain and Ridge Short Loop near Kananaskis, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
12 kms
2hours
difficult
Mountain Biking, Hiking
Summer, Fall
Kananaskis, AB
User Park2
A great but short ride, 12.1km with 525m of cumulative climbing. But hey! You can stand on the peak of an official mountain during the ride. Then, 6km of downhilly goodness, some of it a little choppy, bring suspension.

Typically done clockwise, but can be done either way. It involves 3.0km of road to connect two ends of some great, technical singletrack / hiking trail. There is a lot of rock, most of it is well anchored, but there are a few babyheads that might make you land on your head.

You can add in an optional ride / hike up to the peak of Jumpingpound Mountain, this will add another 30 or so m onto the elevation stats.

If you start from the S trailhead, the climbing is virtually all at once, gentler climb of 100m in 3km up the road, then 375m in 2.7km. Surprsingly, it is virtually all rideable even though it is a 14% grade.

You can park at either end of the road, depends if you want to get the road over with first (makes a good warm up to the big climb), or after.

Directions:

Trailhead is about 1/2 way between Hiway 68 and Hiway 66, it is 19.5km S of 68, 15.0 N of 66. Either way, the road is rough, gravelly and dusty, but a nice drive if you like backroads. There is usually ample parking at a little 90 degree turn in the road. And 50m N is more parking.



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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