I found myself with a few hours to kill so I did the quick drive out to the Dawson Equestrian Area, just off the Sibbald Creek Trail (hwy #68) on the Powderface Trail Road.
The trail leaves near the entrance to the parking lot - a bit confusing but once you find it you should cross a bridge across the creek almost immediately. Take the first obvious trail off to your right (signed) and follow to the summit. I was expecting more people on such a fine late summer day and was a bit nervous hiking solo through the berry patches. When I started finding bear scat on the trail my energy increased a bit. :-)
Great views from the top and a round trip time of just over 3 hours makes this a quick and worthwhile little hike "for exercise". Next time I'll bring the family and slow things down a bit.
The bridge near the trailhead.
I love fall colors!
Trail is well-travelled and easy to follow.
Interesting ridge traverse in open forest.
Getting steeper and closer to the summit.
Vern on Cox Hill summit.
Mountains to the west.
Moose mountain to the east.
The Glasgow to Banded traverse.
Summit panorama (click for full size):
Only in Alberta!