Cox Hill Trail

Cox Hill Trail near Calgary, 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
14 kms
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Calgary, AB
User canomad
The trail winds and switchbacks steadily upwards through forest with few opportunities to catch your breath. The tree cover doesn't allow for many viewpoints along the way but the summit boasts a full panorama of prairie, foothills, and snowy peaks!

NTS Map:082O02

Directions:

From Calgary, turn south off of Hwy 1 onto Sibbald Creek Trail (Hwy 68). Keep an eye out for Powderface Trail on your left, heading south. From Canmore, turn south onto Hwy 40, turn east on Hwy 68, and watch for Powderface Trail on your right.

Follow Powderface Trail for 3km to the winter gate at Dawson Recreation Area on your left.
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By travelinjonesPosted By: travelinjones  - Sun May 01 00:09:07 UTC 2016 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 Upside A pleasant hike up through open forest on a well-graded trail that has not been chewed up by horses to an excellent viewpoint. Downside Not much to see until you reach the peak of Cox Hill. Comment This was a fun spring workout. On 30 April 2016, after a dry winter, snow was not present until almost at the treeline, and it was only ankle-deep. The trail was not muddy despite a week of mostly rainy days. Views west into Kananaskis and south into Elbow country were well worth the hike of two hours up and 90 minutes down (at a steady pace).

The first half-hour is steadily uphill and after that the elevation gain is barely noticeable. I encountered a couple of guys with their five-year-old kids near the top, so it seems like a family-friendly outing!
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Sun Jun 03 03:00:03 UTC 2007 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 Upside Great views from the summit. Downside Snow even on June 2, we had some difficult traversing snow just at the tree line Comment Should be pleasant summer hike with great views from the top
By sdecariePosted By: sdecarie  - Sun Jun 03 02:58:12 UTC 2007 Not Rated
By rongeurPosted By: rongeur  - Fri Apr 21 07:41:35 UTC 2006 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 Upside Panoramic vista from the summit and a nice option to continue on if you've brought two cars. Well worth the grind. Downside Snow. Deep snow. Especially if, like me, you try this one too early in the year. Comment I've only summitted once out of three attempts due to deep snow at the higher elevations. I recommend waiting until summer is fully upon us.


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