Jumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek – Hiking Alberta

 

The Sibbald Creek Recreational Area is a 50+ kilometer drive west from Calgary, Alberta.

 

 

Jumpingpound Loop is an east-west 9 KM (5⅝ mile) loop hike in the foothills on either side of Sibbald Creek Trail (Hwy 68) in the Pine Grove Provincial Recreation Area of Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.

The south side of the loop follows Sibbald Creek at lower elevation.  The north side of the loop, on the other side of the road, climbs higher with undulating elevation.  Morning trail can alternate between frozen ground and ice.  In shoulder seasons, or in winter, crampons are important and gaiters are a good idea.

Afternoon warmth changes this ground cover to mud and wet ice.  The trail is very slippery and mud occasionally requires a bit of off-trail.  The predominant panoramic feature is the view of 2,437 m (7,995 ft) Moose Mountain directly to the south. Gross elevation for the Jumpingpound Loop is estimated at 457 meters (1,500 ft).

 

Jumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Jumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek, Alberta, CanadaJumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada

 

There are excellent views from the Jumpingpound Loop of heavy weather forming over Moose Mountain and Cox Hill which is another very popular hiking area accessed from Powderface Trail in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.

 

Jumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada Jumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada

 

Nearby Sibbald Viewpoint along Sibbald Creek Trail (Hwy 68) provides an expansive view over grassland in the valley below.

 

Jumpingpound Loop – Sibbald Creek, Alberta, Canada

 

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