If you have Easter Monday off or want an excuse to take it off then let's go for a hike. Jumping Pound Loop is an easy and enjoyable foothills hike.
There are 2 distinct sections to the loop; the north side of the loop climbs up and down and provides good views of Moose Mountain and Cox Hill. We will then cross the highway to Pine Grove Recreation Area and stop for lunch in the picnic area with picnic tables! The south side of the loop is mainly level and follows Jumping Pound Creek taking us back to our cars.
Distance: 9 km approx.
Difficulty: T2 easy. Total elevation gain is approx. 457m
Hazards: might be still be snow and/or ice
Time on trail est: 4+ hours depending on trail conditions plus driving time.
In order to keep our environmental footprint small max. group size is 12. For safety reasons min. group size is 4
Pace will be relaxed to moderate.
Who can attend:
Members only, no guests, no children, no smokers. No walk-ups, you must be on the attendees list in order to come.
Dogs: Yes but remain on leash. Please contact organizer if you want to bring your dog.
I am not arranging car pooling. If you need a ride please arrange a ride with other members on the RSVP list using the email function on the meetup page. We will meet at the trailhead at 10 am.
Suggested carpool contribution is $10 per person paid to your driver.
To get to the trailhead take Highway #1 west and turn off at the Sibbald Creek Trail (Highway 68) exit and head south for approximately 12.5 kilometres. Park at the Pine Top Recreation area which is next to the K Country boundary on the left hand side just after the pavement ends at the texas gate. The recreation area is closed in the off season so either park at the gate or on the road.
I will meet you at the closed gate and will be driving a very dark red (looks almost black) Subaru Forester.
What you need:
• hiking boots - no runners or lowcut hikers please.
• layered warm clothing with a waterproof shell
• lunch, snacks and water
• a thermos with hot drink of choice or soup is nice to have
• gaiters, if you use them
• hiking pole(s), if you use them
• personal first aid kit
• no cotton clothing ie no jeans
• bring a bag for muddy boots and a change of shoes if you are car pooling
Spring trips are dependent on weather conditions and for that reason please check the website by 6 pm the day before to make sure the trip is not cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
All participants must have read, agree to, and will sign the waiver to attend this event. You are fully aware that organizers are not professional guides and you assume all responsibility for your safety and well-being. You are fully prepared with proper gear and you're physically fit to do this hike with the group.
RSVP's open Tuesday April 15th at 6 pm. Please do not RSVP "No" – I only need to know if you are attending.