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Junction Hill
Kananaskis, Alberta
December 23, 2004

Tweaking the guidebook instructions somewhat, Dinah and I did this trip as a clockwise loop. (In 2010 we returned and hiked Junction Hill counterclockwise. We preferred the clockwise loop as the best views are in front of you instead of behind you.)

Highwood Pass was closed, so we parked at the seasonal gate. We hiked up the southwest ridge of Junction Hill. After reaching the summit we returned via the southeast ridge. The southwest ridge is more heavily wooded, while the southeast ridge is open on the lower slopes and more enjoyable.


From the seasonal gate, we headed up the south ridge


No real bushwhacking as the trees are widely spaced


Once the trees began to thin, the scenery became interesting


A leaning tree suggests strong winds here


View to the west. The pointed peak is Mount McPhail


The long ridge in the background is part of Coyote Hills


Mount Armstrong fills the background


Heading to the summit


Taking my panorama on the summit


Heading back with the summit behind us


The view ahead includes Plateau Mountain and Raspberry Ridge


We finished the trip after moonrise


82 J/7 Mount Head

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