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Coyote Hills
Kananaskis, Alberta
December 31, 2003

Reaching the high point of Coyote Hills is no special feat and it's hardly rates as a scramble, but it has the advantage of being a late season trip when even hiking trails aren't accessible because of snow.

To get there, we followed Baril Creek for a short way before gaining the ridge on the right. We could have continued farther up the creek, but it would have added distance while offering limited views along the creek. We preferred to take a direct route even though it meant losing 150 m in elevation. After reaching a bare hill we had to drop down to get on the south ridge that leads to the summit. The trip was straightforward and there was even a summit cairn!

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Coyote Hills seen from Hell's Ridge

After we left the creek
we followed a gentle slope up the hill ahead

We reached a bare hill, but had to drop down to reach the south ridge

We encountered some deep snow

Regaining the elevation. Raspberry Ridge is on the left.

On our way to the highest point

The south ridge was mostly free of trees

About as exciting as it gets!

Looking back from near the summit

Hailstone Butte in the background rises well above Hell's Ridge in the foreground

Heading back down. Raspberry Ridge on the right.

On the return, we lost elevation before gaining the bare hill ahead

Back on the bare hill

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