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D4 - Cox Hill

  • May 10, 2014 · 8:00 AM
  • McMahon Stadium


The trail winds and switchbacks steadily upwards through forest from the Sibbald area 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.

Route Statistics

Difficulty: D4

Distance: 11.5 km

Elevation Gain: 700m

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Trail Conditions and Hazards

Unknown as of yet - hurray for early season! Will update as we get closer.

There is likely to be some amount of snow due to the tree cover.

The final slope can be an avalanche hazard if snow is deep - we will gauge from a safe location when we arrive.


CORA trips start at the trailhead, but as a favor to our participants, we will convene at the meeting point and carpool from there.  Please be on time, we won't be waiting more than ten minutes maximum.  If you'd like, you may meet us at the trailhead, but please advise the organizers of this ahead of time.

Please indicate in your RSVP comments if you can drive.  If you cannot, please bring some money to reimburse drivers.

For drivers, to get to the trailhead: If travelling by car turn south off of Hwy 1 onto Sibbald Creek Trail. (Hwy 68) Keep an eye out for Powderface Trail on your right and follow it to the winter gate at Dawson Recreation Area. 


Please dress for both the weather and the unexpected - you never know in the mountains.

Bring no cotton clothing!  See here for the reasons why.


• Warm layers

• Waterproof clothing (preferably breathable)

• Footwear with good traction

• Backpack

• Lunch and snacks

• Minimum 2L of water

• Sunscreen

• Sunglasses

• If you're not driving, gas money and park pass money for drivers


• Camera

• Hiking poles

• Microspikes (there may be some ice closer to the top)


The trip organizer reserves the right to move people on and off the trip or wait list, or to increase or reduce the size of the group, in order to match people to the trip based on fairness, ability, safety, and other criteria.

Trip Waiver and Conditions

You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event even if you are already a paid member.  The waiver you will be signing at the trailhead is located here - please read it at least 24 hours in advance of our trip.

The organizers are not licenced guides. Just experienced hikers willing to share our knowledge.

Rules of Conduct (clickable): By participating in this CORA activity, you automatically agree to follow the CORA Rules of Conduct. Please read them by clicking here.

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  • Alan R.

    Enjoyable Day!

    May 14, 2014

  • lynnie w.

    yes...wonderous day out..thank you dave,paul,ugar a.. cant believe how marvellous the weather was for us....and the perfect snowfall at the end....lovely group to be with ...thank you...

    May 12, 2014

  • Colette R.

    Great day to be out. Thanks Dave

    May 12, 2014

  • Yvette H.

    Hi Dave, I would like to join the hike tomorrow. My 2014 membership was just paid by Nick as I was having some issues with my own credit card. I'm friends with Nick and Avril and looking forward to meetingothers in the group! Is it OK if I show up tomorrow?

    May 9, 2014

    • Dave M.

      Very sorry, I'm just seeing this now. We'd closed the RSVP's already.

      May 10, 2014

  • Avril

    Hi Dave, I was planning on paying my 2014 membership tomorrow morning when I see you - Are you happy with that?

    May 9, 2014

    • Paul K

      Hey Avril, we're no longer able to accept payments at the trailhead - you'll need to pay beforehand using the membership dues link on the upper left hand side of this page.

      May 9, 2014

    • Avril

      Ok, thanks Paul - made the payment now.

      May 9, 2014

  • Dave M.

    Please keep in mind, you will need to be a 2014 member in order to attend. Make sure your dues are paid before you show up!

    May 7, 2014

    • Dave M.

      You can do that still. You have to arrange the payment in advance, via PayPal.

      May 8, 2014

    • Paul K

      Again, another reminder now that RSVPs have closed. If you are not a 2014 member yet (specifically I'm looking at Luz, Avril, Pengwei, and Carla), you WILL NOT BE ALLOWED on this trip. Please make sure you have paid ASAP.

      May 9, 2014

  • Lori

    Aww Im in off waitlist just after making other plans to try scrambling . :((. Have fun , I'll maybe go to cox Sunday so I'll look forward to your report and pictures. Thanks!!

    May 6, 2014

  • Mike T.

    Sorry to drop out. I forgot that I had a prior commitment. Have fun

    May 6, 2014

  • Paul K

    Please keep in mind, you will need to be a 2014 member in order to attend. Make sure your dues are paid before you show up!

    April 29, 2014

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