5.7 miles
503 ft
-507 ft
Avg time

Jumpingpound Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kananaskis, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #36065 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #32071 in E-Biking
    • #37177 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    Alberta Environment and Parks

A sweet and super-fast singletrack for all levels of rider. This trail has a moderate gradient with little elevation gain on the south side of the road; while the north half of the trail has more of the standard Kananaskis Country "feel" with steeper [but still relatively short] climbs. It may be ridden clockwise or counterclockwise. The usual roots and rocks are present, especially on the south section. In winter, the trail gets packed a bit by snowshoers and is great for fatbiking.

The fast and flowy singletrack can be taken at speed for the more advanced rider. Beginners do best on the south side of the road, where the trail is wider and flatter. There are a number of river/creek crossings over wooden bridges. Some great views of Jumpingpound Creek can be found on the south side of the track, while the high points of the north section offer amazing valley views, especially in autumn when the leaves change colour.

This is a popular hiking trail, and cattle range here from mid-June to late September. If you hear the sound of distant gunfire, that's because there's a private shooting range a few km away.

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Access Info

Trailhead: Take the TransCanada Hwy 1 to Sibbald Creek Trail Hwy 68 and head south. Park at the Pinetop picnic area [with modern outhouse] and start the trail from there – either direction, you choose. You can also drive to the Pine Grove Camping area and start from there.

More Stats for Jumpingpound Loop multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -4 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,456 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,745 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,461 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,459 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,598 ft
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on Sep 18, 2022
Avg: 4 (19 votes)
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
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      Jumpingpound Loop Trail Reports

      Sep 18, 2022 @ 1:38pm
      Sep 18, 2022
      2 trees down around the 5.7km mark, going clockwise
      Sep 11, 2022 @ 12:01pm
      Sep 11, 2022
      Tree down on the north side of the highway. Pretty easy to get around it though. Otherwise trail is excellent!
      Aug 7, 2022 @ 3:14pm
      Aug 7, 2022
      Jul 10, 2022 @ 2:04pm
      Jul 10, 2022
      May 21, 2022 @ 12:34pm
      May 21, 2022
      Perfect conditions today!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 12 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      • 347 rides
      • Last: Mar 22, 2023


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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      RonHuizenga (Aug 27, 2022 at 16:26)
      Climb is understated on here. Undulating terrain on the north part of the loop. According to Strava today it was 215 M for the full loop.
      • + 0
      iphonefreddy (Jun 10, 2021 at 13:59)
      As advertised: North side climbs a lot, South side doesn’t.
      There’s nothing technical about any of it really, just an odd root here or there acting as a speed bump.
      Most roots are exposed an inch at most, they only come into play if they’re wet. Any rocks that are exposed are very easily avoided, the trail is mostly loam. Fun little ripper
      • + 0
      savgelder (Aug 29, 2020 at 16:58)
      Edit: the north end has longer climbs and descents*
      • + 0
      savgelder (Aug 29, 2020 at 16:56)
      This was a great family-friendly loop! We tackled it with our 7 and 5 year olds - the little fella still on a smaller bike with no gears. Took us a casual 3 hours, with 2 small snack stops. I’d say our boys are fairly new riders, especially the younger one. We did the loop clockwise starting south and I would definitely recommend this direction. The south end starts of with little elevation change, but is a touch more technical overall. Some fun bridges and log obstacles! The back end is nice and flowing before moving over the highway to the north end. This end has more lives get climbs and descents, but not technical and easy enough to walk these sections with the littles. Ends with a fun downhill to the road Smile
      • + 1
      66SIX (Jun 7, 2020 at 12:40)
      Great loop for anyone getting back into MTB.
      • + 3
      brodiebiker99 (May 15, 2019 at 19:49)
      The crocuses in Buffalo beans are in full bloom. Lots of wildlife along the trail. Just a reminder, if you’re riding with your dog, or hiking, that you restrict your pet from chasing the wildlife. Why? A lot of school groups use this trail as an introduction to the great outdoors, and the more wildlife they encounter the more responsible they will be as grownups.
      • + 2
      vbors (Jul 31, 2018 at 13:52)
      Hmm. Well let me report as a newb. Whole trail is fun and doable if you're a fair rider. That's how I describe myself. South side was much more technical. Smaller ups and downs but steeper with sharper turns and more loose gravel. On the north side it's got longer ups and downs. It is more work but technically it was easier. Overall lots of fun. Good starter trail for the newbs!
      • + 0
      wolf333 (May 8, 2018 at 19:02)
      8 may 2018. 53.29min
      • + 4
      pinkrobe CMBA (Oct 29, 2014 at 10:42)
      Classic old-school XC! If you are going to take beginners, the south side of the loop is way easier than the north side. Most newbs will be off their bikes and pushing on the north side.

      The riding season is more like May-November, depending on snow. It's also a good fatbike loop. June - October is cattle season, watch out for steaming piles...

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