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Snagmore Hill
Kananaskis, Alberta
January 6, 2021

Snagmore Hill offers little in the way of viewpoints, mostly scenery obstructed by trees. And since Dinah and I did it in the winter when aspen trees were bereft of leaves, we probably saw as much as anyone could see, which wasn't very much. But Snagmore does offer a pleasant hike through the woods on good trails.

We started at the Allen Bill trailhead and followed the trail that accesses popular Fullerton Loop. Keeping right at the junctions, we ended up on Snagmore trail. This trail passes spots where you can see Elbow River and McLean Hill but little else. After it turns north and begins to climb in earnest, the trail doesn't permit any views, although glades provide breaks from the trees. The summit itself is easy to miss, just a nondescript, treed bump a few metres from the trail. We continued down the other side to complete a loop back to the main trail.

There might be more to this hike than what we saw, but we were distracted by events taking place on a hill 3,000 km away: Capital Hill. Dinah's son David kept us informed with texts. Rioters were invading the U.S. Capital while we were hiking peacefully up Snagmore Hill.


Starting up the trail


We followed a ridge lined with aspens


We passed Sugar Daddy trail. Later we would come back on this trail.


A south-facing viewpoint reveals McLean Hill


Another viewpoint


Looking east at Elbow River


The trail crosses a large clearing


Looking back


Final climb to the summit


The false summit


Heading down from the summit


We got a glimpse of Boundary Ridge through the trees


We followed a horse trail for a time


We finished the loop by taking a ski trail to Sugar Daddy trail


82 J/15 Bragg Creek

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