Jumpingpound Forest - Sibbald Creek - Hiking Alberta

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest overlooks Moose Mountain in Kananaskis Country.

 

 

Following a long, relentless winter, the awkward time arrives between snowbound and good trail, fair weather hiking.  Without knowing exactly what to expect the drive west from Calgary turns south on Highway 68, the Sibbald Creek Trail.  A short drive south encounters the first spectacular view of snow-capped Moose Mountain.

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Moose Mountain from Sibbald Creek Trail

 

 

Along the Sibbald Creek Road, a family of mule deer are grazing in the sun at roadside.

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada A family of Mule Deer along the Sibbald Creek Trail (Hwy 68)

 

 

The land is not as wet as anticipated and the short side road into Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest is rough but navigable.  The gate to the lookout and exhibit is open and allowing the short drive directly to the log cabin on heavily rutted road. 

Several placards, in an open air shelter, explain the dynamics of ranching, oil and gas exploration and public access to this recreational wilderness area.

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Entrance to the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada A beaver dam on the creek beside the entrance to Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada The Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest Exhibit Viewpoint

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada The Exhibit Hall - Notice the mound in the foreground

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada An ant hill, alive with activity, in front of the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest Exhibit Cabin

 

 

Sporadic gunfire emanates from the Alberta Provincial Rifle Association, Homestead Rifle Range a few kilometers away. 

The rustic cabin walls are lined with the story about the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest.  This log cabin, resting at hilltop on a clear area, affords a magnificent view over the forest directly towards Moose Mountain.

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Inside the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest Exhibit

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Inside the Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest Exhibit

 

Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest - Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada The view of Moose Mountain from the Jumpingpound Exhibit Cabin

 

There are several easy hiking trails beginning from the viewpoint and loop roads on the north and south side of Sibbald Creek Trail educate those who choose to venture through the forest. 

The Jumpingpound Demonstartion Forest is a beautiful place to spend some quality, peaceful time while learning more about the unique nature of Alberta forests and how they are shared and managed.  Nature provides a welcome escape.

 

 

 

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Thank you, Bob. I will fix that.

fyi - those are mule deer.

It has been a long tough winter. Prediction is for a very hot summer. Several major campgrounds will not get opened for the May long weekend due to heavy snowpack or avalanche damage. Waterton is stll buried. The Jumpingpound Demonstration Forest is a nice little diversion. I had the whole place to myself which is nice. I agree it is unusual to have that much snow on Moose this late in the year. The fire lookout is still completely buried.

I can't believe all the snow still on Moose Mountain for this time of year, wow! I've driven by the Jumpingpound Exhibit Cabin but never stopped, now I'm wishing I would have, it looks very informative.

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