Cox Hill


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,217
Summit Elevation (ft): 
7,274
Elevation Gain (m): 
750
Round Trip Time: 
3.25
Total Distance (km): 
12.50
Difficulty Notes: 

Hiking on trail.

Map
Trip Report

I found myself with a few hours to kill so I did the quick drive out to the Dawson Equestrian Area, just off the Sibbald Creek Trail (hwy #68) on the Powderface Trail Road.

 

The trail leaves near the entrance to the parking lot - a bit confusing but once you find it you should cross a bridge across the creek almost immediately. Take the first obvious trail off to your right (signed) and follow to the summit. I was expecting more people on such a fine late summer day and was a bit nervous hiking solo through the berry patches. When I started finding bear scat on the trail my energy increased a bit. :-)

 


[The bridge near the trailhead.]


[I love fall colors!]


[Trail is well-travelled and easy to follow.]


[Interesting ridge traverse in open forest.]


[Getting steeper and closer to the summit.]


[Great views!]


[Looking west. ++]


[Looking ahead to the summit from the first summit. ++]


[Nice scenery.]


[Vern on Cox Hill summit.]


[Mountains to the west.]


[Moose Mountain to the east.]


[The Glasgow to Banded traverse.]


[Summit panorama. ++]


[Hiking back along the summit ridge. ++]


[A small false summit. True summit just to the left. ++]


[Back down.]


[Fall colors.]


[Ripe berries == bear?]

 

Great views from the top and a round trip time of just over 3 hours makes this a quick and worthwhile little hike "for exercise". Next time I'll bring the family and slow things down a bit.

 


[Only in Alberta!]

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