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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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