Cox Hill Ridge

Bragg Creek, Alberta

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The trailhead is within the Sibbald Creek area of Kananaskis Country. It is accessed most easily from either the Trans Canada Highway or via Highway 40 (the Kananaskis Trail). How are your climbing legs? They better be in prime condition before you attempt this 11.7-mile grunt. The trail is a loop that climbs over the ridge and brings you back on the good gravel of Powderface Trail Road. If you endure the 2,275 feet ride / push to the summit, you'll be rewarded with an excellent panorama view and options for some extended ridge-top riding. This trail is for expert riders looking for a challenge. Almost from the start, you'll find yourself pushing your bike a lot more than riding it, and this continues for the first 4.1 miles. The climbing is steep, unrelenting, and exhausting. The views provide ever-widening panoramas culmination in the 360 degree view from the true summit of Cox Hill Ridge. At 7,382 feet, it provides unobstructed views all the way to the prairies tot he northeast and east. To the south, the main peaks of the Elbow Valley, Banded, Cornwall, and Glasgow, dominate. To the west, Mount Yamnuska forms the official start of the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains.

Cox Hill Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"The trailhead is within the Sibbald Creek area of Kananaskis Country. It is accessed most easily from either the Trans Canada Highway or via Highway 40 (the Kananaskis Trail). How are your climbing legs? They better be in prime condition before you attempt this 11.7-mile grunt. The trail is a loop that climbs over the ridge and brings you back on the good gravel of Powderface Trail Road. If you endure the 2,275 feet ride / push to the summit, you'll be rewarded with an excellent panorama view and options for some extended ridge-top riding.

This trail is for expert riders looking for a challenge. Almost from the start, you'll find yourself pushing your bike a lot more than riding it, and this continues for the first 4.1 miles. The climbing is steep, unrelenting, and exhausting. The views provide ever-widening panoramas culmination in the 360 degree view from the true summit of Cox Hill Ridge. At 7,382 feet, it provides unobstructed views all the way to the prairies tot he northeast and east. To the south, the main peaks of the Elbow Valley, Banded, Cornwall, and Glasgow, dominate. To the west, Mount Yamnuska forms the official start of the Front Ranges of the Rocky Mountains."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bragg Creek
Distance: 11.7
Elevation Gain: 2,275 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Summer only.
Local Contacts: Barrier Lake Travel Information Center, 403-673-3985.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 J / 15 Bragg Creek and 82 O / 2 Jumpingpound. Kananaskis Country - Bragg Creek and Elbow Valley.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cox Hill Ridge

Recent Trail Reviews

3/20/2007
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On a VERY snowy day I went up Cox Hill... it was slippery going up but not too bad. Only the last part had deep snow 2-3 feet. View was very nice, you can see Moose Mt and all around. Also saw some white tails on the way. It took us 4.5h to go up there have lunch and come back in a snow storm - lots of fun.


8/15/2001
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this trail is kickass bitchen, I started from the road across from the lusk pass trail and the switchbacks are excellent then some good technical stuff followed by some quad burning uphill to some truly splendid ridge riding in the meadows followed by some wicked high speed single track leading to some total body workout downhillin and you don't have to worry about any downhill gonzos on their 45 lb. downhill shredders cause none of them is man enough to lug their incredible machines up there. deadly ride man.........



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