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!
Coyote Hills seen from Hell's Ridge
After we left the creek we followed a gentle slope up a hill
We reached a bare hill, but had to drop down to reach the south ridge
Regaining the elevation. Raspberry Ridge is on the left.
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. 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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