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"Hoffman Hill"
Kananaskis, Alberta
November 12, 2017

The small hill north of Mount Hoffman isn't likely to get even a cursory glance from any hiker, but Dinah and I were looking for a brief trip and it fit the bill: a quick, simple route to a half-bare summit that elevated us into respectable scenery.

After parking at Indian Oils Day Use Area, we hiked 2.5 km up Sheep trail. From the trail we could see the open slope we wanted to reach. We left the trail, passed through an aspen stand, and hiked up. At the top of the slope, we turned left and walked through a few trees to reach grassy slopes leading to the summit.

Trees cover the northern part of the summit, and Mount Hoffman blots out much of the view south, but enough satisfying scenery escapes to get a sense of achievement. After taking a few photos, we hiked back the same way.

Although we enjoyed our little jaunt, the highlight that day occurred on our way to the trailhead, when we stopped on the highway to allow a herd of rams to cross in front of us. All but two crossed. We watched as they faced off, stood on their hind legs and slammed their heads together.

If I had known that would happen, I would have been videotaping instead of photographing, so I didn't catch them butting their heads. I hit the video record button after that. There were some skirmishes, but they didn't rise up and butt heads again.

In the morning there were dozens of sheep spread out in the valley, singly and in small groups, wandering around. But on the drive back we found they had merged into a single huge herd and were gazing peacefully on a slope.

KML and GPX Tracks


Rams crossing the highway


Two rams face off


A moment after taking this shot, they butted heads with a resounding thunk


Crossing the bridge over Tiger Jaws Fall


Tiger Jaws Fall


Hiking up the trail


We'll soon break out into the sunshine


In a short time we'll exit the trail on the left


The ascent slope seen from the trail


Hiking through aspen trees


Starting up the open slope


Partway up we came across a sheep trail. On the left is Mount Hoffman


When the trail ended we turned left and made our way to the trees


Looking southeast


After passing through the trees we reached an open slope leading to the summit


Looking northwest from the summit


Heading back down


Back on the trail


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